Before children I worked in investment banking and consulting. I loved what I did when I started, but over time, my priorities changed. I grew up without seeing much of my parents and didn't want the same for my children. So I gave up 'the career'. I feel liberated, scared, I often feel a failure - but when I hit 50 and my youngest has flown the nest, I'll still have time for at least a 20 year career if that is what I feel like doing!
I'm a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also Vice Chair of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) - the professional body in the UK for business psychology. This is a position I have been elected for by my professional peer group. This is my second term. Either I'm doing something right, or no one else wants the job!
For over 20 years, I've seen first hand the significant benefits to individuals and organisations who offer job shadowing. The research is compelling: you make a better decision about which job is right for you if you have the chance to experience it first.
Not rocket science is it? You wouldn't marry someone without dating them or buy a house without viewing it!
I like photos too - here is my linked in profile: Lucy's linked in
Deborah changed career herself so knows what a daunting process it can be – when you feel ‘stuck’ in a particular role that doesn’t excite or inspire you. Returning to university to study for an MSc in Business Psychology she met Lucy who was giving a guest lecture. She loved the idea of ViewVo; an exciting and innovative web platform that could help people make the career change they’ve always dreamed of! Deborah loves yoga, wine and cheese (although not necessarily together) and has a ‘special’ cat called Harry who’s yet to master basic cat skills such as climbing and balance – bless!
Jonathan is living the career changing dream. After 17 years in hospitality including setting up and running the award winning Rectory Hotel & Potting Shed pub in the Cotswolds, he has joined his partner Julian in running an antiques business in Isle Sur La Sorgue! In between glasses of wine and antique buying trips, he helps to track down some amazing experts. Oh and he's working on getting a diploma in wine so he's a great drinking buddy.