Erica Sosna - Career Navigation and New Business Coach
8 John Adam Street
01883 743011 / 07974 668729
Thank you for choosing to connect with me.
I am guessing you are here because you know that there is more to all that you can be and perhaps you feel trapped or stuck in work that no longer fulfils you or makes the most of your talents.
www.ericasosna.com (please download a free chapter of Your Life Plan here).
I'm Erica. I am a careers coach and a new business coach. For twelve years, I have been working with career changers, self-employed professionals and start up entrepreneurs all over the world to help them find work that really works for them. I help you turn your dreams of the perfect career into a prosperous business. Or hold your hand as you take the leap into a whole new career!
I specialise in careers coaching because, let's face it - careers advice wasn't so hot at school and most of us left without a clear sense of our strengths and drivers. So it's no wonder my professional, creative, talented clients are in a muddle!
We spend too long at work not to enjoy it. There is nothing better than doing the work you love.
And sometimes, we need to take a leap to get us there.
Trust me, I have been there - I have changed direction 5 times before finding my niche and re-sold myself into a variety of industries.
In addition, I know how the biggest battle can be with your own fears and anxieties - so I have a big toolbox of methods to help you turn your inner critic into your inner cheerleader!
"You have literally turned my life around! I now have a clear plan for my business and am absolutely sure I will get there. I loved the work on my mission statement too - helping me remember that my family is the inspiration for me in this..." - Karen Burr, Media and Film Translation.
"Very rarely does one come across someone with such a brilliant combination of energy, insight, good-will and focus. I worked with Erica to clarify the next steps in my career. She has a fantastic candidness about people and professional life, which, combined with her infectious go-getting attitude made a lasting impact on the way I think about and approach my work." - Dulcie Lee, 19, trainee journalist.
Business Coaching: I have helped mumpreneurs start businesses from their kitchen and professionals turn their passions into profitable businesses. I offer specific and hands on support in a jargon-free style - combining personal development with practical business skills.
My first book, Your Life Plan, was published by Wiley in March 2014. The book combines my careers coaching method with practical project skills and personal development tools to get you up and running.
To find out more and download a free chapter, please visit: www.ericasosna.com
I offer one to one sessions both virtually and in real life! I also offer an online programme for career transformation called Your Breakthrough.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am the Author of Your Life Plan, published by Wiley in 2014. The book focuses on helping you discover your career orientation, your motivation and turn your dreams into practical plans and inspiring results. The book uses the idea of the hero or heroine to inspire a new way of looking at your life and goals. With stories from clients, inspirational role models and fiction, film and fact. Please visit www.ericasosna.com to download a free chapter.
I have a Diploma in Life Coaching and I am trained in the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. I have also trained in Life Biography work and the SDI personality profiling tool. I am currently pursuing EMCC accreditation as a Coaching Supervisor with Bath Consultancy Group.
As a qualified AGILE project manager with twelve years of experience, I am going to help you break down your big goals into manageable, bitesize, friendly, doable chunks and keep on track toward their achievement.
I have worked with hundreds of people in America, Kosovo, New Zealand, India and Bulgaria and helped career shifters and new business owners build both their practical skills and confidence in areas such as pitching, business writing, customer service, market research, project planning, social media and marketing.
I've also offered staff coaching and staff development to companies large and small including HSBC, Paypal, Louis Vuitton, Bank of Ireland, RBS, Bristol Myers Squibb, Channel 4 and Aviva.
Why am I a great choice as a careers coach? Because I have shifted from public to private sector, from freelance to employed and back again, changed paths and direction three times. I'm also a big fan of change and have a structured and safe model to move you through it elegantly into a working life that you love!
I am a popular conference speaker in the areas of life direction, careers, 21st century world of work and personal/organisational story and narrative. I work with a number of women's networks in the City, offering talks on work/life balance, career coaching, outplacement, mentoring and starting a business/going freelance.
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Simply put, I help creative people design a working life that works for them. Whether you want to change career, change how you are approaching your work or go freelance/part time and start a small business, I can help.
I offer live seminars and talks on:
The 21st century world of work
How to find your direction and align your talents
How a breakdown can lead to a breakthrough
How to devise a life plan and do what you love
How to switch careers
How to identify and market your transferable skills
How to pitch and present without using notes
How to make the most of a mentor
How to tell powerful stories
Please contact me for more information about my talks, workshops and conference hosting. Previous clients include: Channel 4, MSD, Urban Land Institute, AXA and RBS.
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I always offer a free phone consultation. This gives you and I a chance to work out if we are a fit. Choosing a coach is a very personal thing!
If we decide to go ahead, you will receive an indepth consultation document which gets you thinking and helps me to get to know more about you before we meet. You return this to me before our sessions begin.
I charge £220 for a 2.5 hour deep dive. This is a comprehensive review of your skill set and passions. You will leave with an action plan and concrete next steps.
Six sessions of up to 60 minutes cost £550. After that we review and agree a support plan - I always plan to make myself redundant and empower you to make the best moves for you.
Bespoke training for companies on mentoring, coaching for managers and career coaching methods starts at £1000.
Please contact me directly to discuss coaching supervision sessions. These begin at £60 during my accreditation phase.
- A day in the life of doing what you love...
- Career changers: you are not alone
- Finding a career mission
- So you think you can freelance...
- Sales needn't be a dirty word!
- Keep customers close - top tips for new business owners
- The Secrets of Successful Sales
- What's my motivation for this scene?
- How to use LinkedIn for your career shift
- Top Tips for Solopreneurs: Calling in the Troops!
- Top Tips for Solopreneurs: The Impact of 'Incompletes'
My company is a social enterprise. This means that 10% of profits of the company are reinvested into supporting the local community. In practice, this means that your work with me supports free workshops for teenagers and sponsors places on courses for those who currently lack the means to pay for them.
What people say about me:
" Thank you, thank you, thank you - you gave me the confidence to make the leap and i start on the 1st July! Party time!" - G.O, successful career shifter, 2015.
"It’s hard to connect specific parts of these sessions with specific changes, rather I feel a more general change. Broadly, a more positive outlook at work, more of a ‘can do’ approach and perhaps most of all more of a focus on delivery – my new favorite work. And by delivery, I mean when it was needed, or when we agreed it would happen.
While people’s opinion of me is generally positive, I did have a reputation for letting things slip, needing to be reminded, and some things always being on the back burner. I think the last two months have gone a long way in addressing this. And i am thrilled to tell you i start a new role next week. " Christopher K - info services professional
"I have three offers on the table, I can't thank you enough!" G.Harvey - Project Manager turned Learning Consultant
"I have found my rudder!" R.Speyer, Property Investment Consultant
"I was so worried about restarting my business after coming back from having the baby, but now I am really excited about getting going! Thank you so much." - Star Polling, Aesthetic Beautican
Type of session
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I offer evening and weekend sessions as many of my clients are in the process of changing careers - and its important we meet when you have clear space and time to think.