Meet Career Transition Coach Mandy Murphy
In the latest instalment of our ‘Questions for the Coach’ series, we speak to career coach Mandy Murphy, who specialises in helping professionals of all ages to navigate a significant change in their work life.
- What is your specialty?
I provide coaching for career and professional transitions, working with individuals (from as young as 16 years old right through to older workers) who either want to know what kind of work is right for them or want to make a change in their career. Many clients want to answer the question “what should I do next?”. They’ve browsed some options, bounced around a few ideas and at the stage where they need support to make a decision and define their goals. Much of my work focuses on taking control of the internal narrative, building confidence and self esteem, working with identity and creating the action plan to shift out of the “stuck” feeling.
- What service do you offer through Transition Peak?
I offer one to one coaching and peer group or team training sessions (understanding personality styles is one of the team offerings). I met Charlie and Linda at a networking event in Putney. We immediately connected and I loved their passion for supporting organisations and employees to have good resources of support to manage transitions well.
- What do clients say about you?
People say they find it easy to connect with me, which is important when clients are exploring their wants and needs. I’ve also been told I am “supportive and challenging in equal measures”. Many come to coaching not quite sure about the process or how the sessions might turn out. My role is to be curious and ask questions to help clients to dig deep into what they think and feel about situations. This will include questions they may not have thought of for themselves or ones that are hard to answer. These are important parts of the process if we want to understand our drivers and motivators and get the most from our work-lives. Clients often report that the challenges help them reframe and gain better clarity on what they want to achieve.
- What trends or changes do you see among clients at the moment?
I am definitely seeing an emergence of purpose driven decisions. Individuals want their efforts in the workplace to mean something and have a purpose. Also, with working lives lengthening, we are now seeing individuals wanting more fulfilment in their work, flexibility outside of the traditional applications of this in the workplace, as we want more variety in our lives. Young people are also more assertive and willing to change jobs to be in the right place, not just toeing the line, whereas older workers often lack confidence to make the work changes, despite yearning for years over them.
- What has been your career highlight?
Qualifying as a coach was a big milestone for me. Having worked in Occupational Health for many years, and reaching a senior level in my work, I wasn’t sure what would be next for me. Becoming a qualified coach has opened up a new world, in the networks and associations I’ve become a part of but also the learning journey I’ve been on. Its not just the skills as a career coach, but also what I have learned about myself, my coaching style and how privileged it is to coach individuals. You get to see a version of them that potentially no-one else sees, the authentic person behind the different identity cloaks they bring to work.
- What is something not many people know about you?
Ok, so this might be a bit odd but … I don’t know how to scream! I have a soft tone of voice and I seriously don’t know how to create that high pitch note. Even when I see a mouse or get a fright of some sorts, I can’t scream!! I use to watch old movies with my mum when we were youngsters and I would be in awe of the women who would effortlessly scream on TV. I tried to practice it but failed miserably.
- What is the best advice you have received?
Never stoop below your own standards. No matter what someone else says or does to rattle your cage, stick by your own standards and never go to their level. It’s so important these days, as we live in an increasingly vocal world.
- What book have you read that really helped you?
Gosh, I am such a book hoarder and there are many books that I will take something from. David Rock’s book Quiet Leadership probably helped me the most when I was managing a large team and performance management of the service was reaching a crescendo. It introduced me to the coaching approach, with good models for framing conversations with staff and this book gave me a curiosity and appetite to explore more coaching skills. Another book which I found to be superb is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I often recommend it to clients who need to build confidence and self-compassion.
- Please let us know your top career transition tip.
Be yourself. Work on knowing and understanding who you are, what your values are, what drives and motivates you and what drives you crazy too. Knowing and holding onto your identity will help you make the right decisions no matter how much the environment around you changes.
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