In my own personal sphere and in my coaching work I am confronted on a daily basis with individuals who are feeling disillusioned by their chosen (or often rather accidental) careers and finding themselves in their thirties and beyond looking to make a career change towards a job that is a better fit for their skills and preferences as well as allowing them to have more of a meaningful impact. I believe this is at least partly a result of the lack of proper career coaching and advice given to students at school and universities.
I also see a broader issue as a result of the disconnect between individual talent and society’s wider needs. Top talent from good universities are automatically channelled into careers in banking, finance, consulting and so on, which may or may not be a good fit for their own skills and interests. After years of working long hours in these industries, many now begin to feel that their work has no meaning, often finding themselves burning out and wanting to quit. There could be a huge positive impact on various areas of society if we could better match intelligent and ambitious people to a broader range of roles and industries where they can make a real impact in alternative careers, whether in startups, NGOs, social enterprises, etc.
There is a huge opportunity here to inform students of the different options that are available and empower them to make intentional choices that may include alternative, non-traditional career paths. This will allow for more fulfilling careers for the individual students as well as improving services across different sectors by recruiting high-quality graduates to the right roles.
“Anna came in to talk to our students about making the right career choices. She instantly connected with the students and tailored her talk to suit their current circumstances. The feedback from students following her talk was overwhelmingly positive. She had brought up aspects within their choices that they wouldn’t have considered.”
“Anna presented enthusiastically to students (ages 15-18) … She engaged well with the students and received some great feedback:
‘The way she explained was very powerful and made me think hard about how I am going to deal with my career in the future.’
‘I enjoyed this session as it both talked about a specific career and also focused on more technical aspects and tips on how to approach work.’
We look forward to welcoming Anna back again soon!”