Julia is a Graduate from my Leap into HR Consulting Bootcamp. She has worked in a number of industries but for the last 14 years she has worked in the public sector. As well as being an HR consultant, she currently still works part time as head of HR for an HR shared service.
I asked Julia ....
Why did you decide to move into consulting?
I have been within the same sector for a long time as it has been a fantastic opportunity to grow my career whilst being flexible enough to manage family life as well.
I’ve recently been announced as one of the finalists in the Successful Women in Business Awards, founded by Gill Donnell MBE.
While I’m always honoured to be nominated and become a finalist for business awards, this one means more to me than many.
Because the award I’m up for via the Successful Women in Business is the ‘Reinvention Award’.
This means a lot to me as I’ve worked hard to be where I am today, and it hasn’t always been a linear journey. I’ve seen my fair share of crisis times; the current Coronavirus crisis and subsequent financial crisis is just the latest.
Indeed, over the last few months I’ve had to pivot my business from face-to-face bootcamps and coaching sessions to bootcamps that are run entirely via a virtual platform. Getting an entire course up online in a matter of days is no easy feat, believe me.
More than this though is the reinvention of the way in which I run my sessions today. Until a few months ago I was working with people who actively wanted to make the Leap into Consulting™, But now with furloughs, job losses and general insecurity in the workplace, many of the people I work with are not considering making the leap out of pure choice. Many have no other choice.
Of course, when the circumstances of my clients are changing, the way I deliver coaching must too.
As I’ve been through similar crisis myself a few times in my 25 year consulting career, I know how to work with my new set of clients and how to deliver what they need, in order to help them leap back into success.
You could say my entire business model for the last few months has been about reinvention; for both myself and my clients.
I’m proud I’ve been able to do so, and I’m proud of my clients who are doing the same.
So to be a finalist in the ‘Reinvention Award’ means more to me than many may realise.
Thank you for the nominations, for recognising me as a finalist, and for the many opportunities I’ve been presented with that have allowed me to be where I am today.