Episode #

4

7/11/2023

Pathways, Pivots and Shifting Perspectives

Episode #

4

7/11/2023

Pathways, Pivots and Shifting Perspectives

We live in a world where careers are no longer linear. The traditional pathway of progressing within a single industry or company has been replaced by the concept of a 'squiggly career', where individuals adapt, pivot, and redefine their professional journey multiple times throughout their lives. Our latest podcast episode features a conversation with Jen Lister, a business strategy coach who has embraced the squiggly career with resilience and versatility.

Jen’s journey started with a degree in economics, which led her to a consulting role at Deloitte. However, her career took an unexpected turn when she was overlooked for a promotion, prompting her to leave the firm and embark on a new path. This departure was marked by extreme stress, highlighting the pressures and expectations associated with big four consulting firms. It was a time in her life that tested her resilience and adaptability.

Jen’s career then took her to Australia, where she experienced a challenging recruitment process. However, she embraced this experience, viewing it as a learning opportunity and a stepping stone to her next career move. Upon her return to the UK, she pivoted into the care sector, fuelled by a passion for caring for the elderly and the chance to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. This transition was a testament to her versatility and willingness to embrace change.

During this period, Jen was juggling the demands of being a full-time parent and running a service-based business. This gave her a unique perspective on success and work-life balance. She experienced firsthand the challenges of managing a business while also caring for a child, highlighting the importance of setting boundaries and prioritising well-being.

One key takeaway from Jen’s journey is the significance of having a mentor. She credits her mentors for their guidance and support, emphasising the importance of confidentiality in building trust. This highlights the value of having someone who can provide guidance and advice, particularly during challenging times.

Throughout her career, Jen has faced various challenges. However, she has consistently shown resilience, proving that adversity can be a powerful motivator for change. She created Jen Lister The Business Strategy Coach, and has become a very successful business coach. Which is a testament to her perseverance and courage to redefine her identity.

As she navigates her squiggly career, Jen continually demonstrates the importance of authenticity and adaptability. She underscores the value of being true to oneself, attracting ideal clients through authenticity and leveraging a Swiss Army Knife-like skillset to adapt to various roles and situations.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a parent, or someone navigating a career shift, Jen's story serves as an inspiration. Her journey is a reminder that success can be defined in many ways and that it's never too late to redefine our paths. By embracing change, remaining resilient in the face of adversity, and staying true to ourselves, we can navigate our own squiggly careers with confidence and success.

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