My name Paula Gardner. I am a Business Psychologist and a strengths-focused Career Coach, coaching around career change and starting a business. This means that I can help you uncover and define your strengths, skills and preferred work-place behaviours that will help put you in the best position to decide on a new career, go for promotion, change your job or start your own business.
I’ve been through a major career change myself. I decided to change from being a PR and marketing professional, with my own consultancy and two published books under my belt, and return to University to do an MSc in Business Psychology. I’ve been through many of the emotional issues surrounding career change. What’s more, I’ve been stuck in the no-man’s land of not knowing what I want to do and yet not feeling desperate enough to do anything about changing. I’ve ruminated over questions such as can I really do this, what will people think? To be frank, I’ve also battled with the very real problems of how am I going to pay my mortgage while I’m studying and where on earth do I start in my new career?
I remember going through my divorce, many years ago, reacting to events as they went along and finding the whole thing hugely stressful. It was when someone asked me, “Paula, what do YOU really want?” that I felt a paradigm shift. At that moment I decided to really delve into what I wanted. Not what I should be doing to feel safe, or keep other people happy. I often see the same thing happen with my career coaching clients. They have been so busy being focused on keeping others happy, and on doing what they can to survive. They have often been putting up with stressful or insecure workplace. That question of “what do you really want?” can be liberating, but also terrifying at the same time. Where do you start?
This is my role as your career coach. I am your coach, your mentor, your friend, and your cheer-leader all rolled into one. My business psychology tools and exercises can help you look at what’s going to make you happy and fulfilled long term. I also offer a range of psychometric tests. These can can be hugely valuable when it comes to seeing who you really are, what you have to offer and what really drives you. They can also be useful to practise if you are undergoing psychometric tests as part of a recruitment process.
My past career in PR and marketing means that all my know-how and contacts are there for you if you need to raise your profile, strategically increase your network or just get noticed in your own workplace.
I also have delivered over 15 years of business coaching. If starting your own business or going freelance is on the cards, I can guide you through the process and the inevitable bumps you’ll encounter along the way.
I’ve worked cross-industry and with people at all levels. Sometimes we’ve include deep work such as limiting beliefs. Sometimes it’s more practical training around how to effectively use LinkedIn. Your needs define our work. I charge £150 for a 90 minute session, or packages start at £1,250.
I really enjoy working with clients who are looking to do something more altruistic with their lives and have created a programme for that here.
I offer outplacement services to organisations and this can also include training and workshops.
I offer a range of psychometric tests around strengths, personality and behaviour that can be used for recruitment and development.
Please contact me to arrange an initial chat or meeting with me here