Meet The Coach: Helen Collins
Career Change Coach and Career Transitions Consultant
Owner and Director, Helen Collins Limited
Helen is an experienced professional certified Career Coach and Consultant with a portfolio career that encompasses career change coaching, career transitions/outplacement consulting and leadership coaching. Since 2012 she has helped over 1000 people to transition in their careers, to change careers, to find a new role following redundancy, to retire or start a business, retrain or fulfil a personal development/career goal.
She holds professional accreditation and certifications with the International Coach Federation, Co-Active Training Institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Firework and Careershifters.
Helen's Career Story
Helen herself is no stranger to transitioning in her career. She holds a career spanning just under two and a half decades incorporating a mix of private, public and independent sector experience, from start-ups through to global corporates. She has been a full-time permanent employee, a temp to permanent employee, a contractor, sole trader and now limited company owner.
She has worked in local government, business and leisure travel, healthcare, financial services, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, retail and mobile telecoms. Her coaching and consulting experience has since also given her exposure to many other industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, FMCG and energy/oil and gas.
Early on she had a strong desire to work with people and went on to invest in a professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which enabled her to step into Human Resources. She went on to hold a number of HR Generalist roles, before specialising in Learning and Development, specifically Leadership and Management Development.
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." (Unknown)
In 2012, the mobile telecoms organisation that she was working for at the time announced a restructure in the division she was working in and voluntary redundancy was offered. She was aware that what she was seeking in her next step would not be offered by the organisation and that coupled with a desire to blaze her own trail (albeit a daunting prospect at the time), in search of variety, creativity, empowering/helping others and making a difference, she left the corporate world in pursuit of fulfilling her interest in coaching.
She once again made a significant personal investment in retraining, this time with the Co-Active Training Institute and topped this up with the International Coach Federation to become an ICF Associate Coach (the ICF being a globally recognised governing body for best practice in the coaching profession). Continuing professional development is important to Helen and she has continued to invest in her ongoing professional development and additional career coaching certifications.
She has since created a portfolio career and set up her own Limited company that incorporates career coaching and consulting, enabling her to fulfil her values, to help others and make a difference and to choose the opportunities that give her energy and fit her.
Helen's Coaching Style
Helen's style is warm, calm, empathetic and encouraging but she will challenge her clients too. She works at a human level, holding the best intentions for each client and brings sincere care and consideration for every individual client she works with, enabling them to connect to the best version of themselves and to what is truly important to them. You could say metaphorically speaking she walks alongside them in support of helping them to explore and/or take that next step.
She recognises that for some people change is unsettling and upsetting, and for others it is liberating and exciting, therefore over the last eight years she has become particularly adept at flexing her style to enable individuals to feel appropriately supported no matter how they are feeling about change or change(s) in their career.