Richard Jones- the introvert's career coach
Let me ask you a question. Does what you do for a living make your heart sing? If not, you are selling yourself short and you should seriously read on…
I’m Richard Jones and I help middle-aged professionals, especially introverts, transition to a career that truly lights them up by combining what they love to do with what they excel at.
In my “Fearless Career Move” programme I take you from being confused and overwhelmed by the various choices available to you to a place where you feel empowered by the direction and clarity you now have on your desired career path. Together we also produce a carefully designed action plan to help you to move forward with purpose.
You will leave the programme with a greater appreciation of your strengths, passions and values, helping to reassure you that the path you have chosen is the right one for you. This increased clarity and sense of purpose will also make you better equipped to deal with many of the challenges you may face as you tread your chosen path, including writing your CV, making an impression at job interviews or forming a business plan.
My “Fearless Career Move” programme consists of 12 hours of coaching split into three distinct phases:
Explore: Finding out about your passions, strengths and values to get a complete picture of who you are, what makes you tick and what work is suited to you.
Dream: Generating new career possibilities based on a greater understanding of you as an individual and choosing one clear path to follow.
Discover: Creating an action plan to provide a clear route from where you are now to where you want to get to in your career.
This 12 hour programme typically takes between three and six months to complete, depending on the frequency of sessions. The pace is always tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained by the internationally acclaimed Coaches' Training Institute as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. I am also trained in the Firework career coaching model to assist individuals who are looking to make a transition between careers or from employment to self-employment.
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Presentation skills coaching
Management skills coaching
See my website for further details
I offer a free initial one hour consultation by telephone which will help you to get crystal clear about where you are now and where you want to be in the future. I’ll also share some powerful secrets, strategies and information that will support you on your journey. This is also an opportunity for us to test the chemistry between us to determine whether we would like to continue working together.
My coaching programmes can be tailored to your individual circumstances and so prices vary. See the 'Packages and prices' page of my website for example fees.
I am, proudly and unashamedly, an introverted and sensitive soul. For years, I saw this as a weakness and, indeed, in some ways I have had to work harder and be more determined and courageous than others to find my true voice and make an impact on the world.
However, I now embrace this as a strength, maybe even a super-power, that I harness to connect with the introspective aspects of my clients and help them uncover their deepest desires and ambitions. My quiet confidence and inner strength inspires and creates confidence in others to harness their own power and find their true voice.
I am caring and curious about the issues my clients are facing in their lives. I am approachable and compassionate and willing to share my vulnerability with others. I am also completely transparent and honest with all my clients. These qualities help me to put my clients at ease and allow them to share their true feelings and desires with me.
A bit more about my background:
I first started playing keyboards at the age of six and have been writing songs and performing in bands for over 25 years.
I studied Economics & Political Science at the University of Birmingham and after graduation I worked for over 17 years as a tax adviser and professional trainer at three of the largest accounting firms in the UK.
When I turned 30, I took on a 12 month secondment to the training department at PricewaterhouseCoopers, when I was responsible for the development of c.100 new graduate entrants. The experience of helping them to grow into budding professionals was extremely rewarding for me and allowed me a first glimpse of my life purpose- to make a difference to the lives and others through tutoring and coaching. Training and development has remained a significant element of my work ever since.
Being a naturally introverted person, I did not consider myself to be a natural presenter but I was motivated to gain the experience that has made me a polished and inspirational speaker. I love to share my techniques with others and prove that anyone can become an effective presenter with hard work and dedication.
I am dedicated to continual physical, spiritual and personal development. Much of this is achieved through my pursuit of Tai Chi that I have practised now since 2012. The feeling of connection, aliveness, balance and relaxation that this ancient martial art gives me has also been a huge boost to my skills as a coach.
Type of session
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Available Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal office hours