Fresh off the back of last week's webinar, I've been helping out the lovely people at Careershifters once again as part of their Launchpad programme. Launchpad is an 8 week course in which participants are equipped with the ideas and skills to pursue a career change, a course that I took part in back in 2017.
As an alumni of the course, I was asked to provide three lessons that I believe will be of value to the current course participants. My pearls of wisdom were grouped around the headings of 'big dreams', 'big risks' and 'big patience' (a rather poor attempt at alliteration, I know...). My hope is that what I had to contribute was of value to the partipants as they begin this 8 week journey and that my advice would provide hope, challenge and perspective in some measure.
Above all, it was nice to be able to give something back to try to help those who feel stuck in their present circumstances.
The lovely people at Careershifters asked me to take part of one of their information webinars this weekend which provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the Careershifters Launchpad career change programme.
I took part in Launchpad in 2017 and can heartily recommend it for those willing to commit changing their career and circumstances. It requires an investment of time and there is a cost, but it is well worth it for those stuck in a career rut, who want to change things, but have no idea how. If you want to find out more, have a look by clicking the link above.
After 20 months of studying psychology with Liverpool University, I'm finally embarking on my dissertation. This represents the final stage of my MSc. My proposal should be approved within the next month which will be accompanied by an ethics approval.
After this, I can get started on the research, with the final deadline being in May 2020. The proposed project involves investigating how the father-child relationship influences the decision of students from a socio-economically deprived background to apply for and attend university. Hopefully it will be approved!
It's both exciting and daunting to arrive at this final phase, but I'm hoping that it will be a stimulating and rewarding experience.
I'm going to be starting a new role in September with a different school. It's still working in pastoral care with young people, but with more responsibility and in a different area to the one I've been working in for the last 18 months. Whilst I'm sure it will come with its challenges, I'm very much looking forward to starting and getting stuck in!
At the start of 2017, I did a career change course called Launchpad with a company called Careershifters. It was really helpful, providing me with the confidence to develop and pursue new ideas whilst equipping me with a variety of tools to use in the process of changing what my career looked like. A lot of the work that I'm currently doing is a legacy of that course.
I've recently been asked to help out with some of their programme material, including contributing to webinars and video material for their Launchpad training course. It's good to be able to give something back to others who have helped you!