Episode 13


Carolyn and I met at an event held by the Inclusive Partnership Economy after I’d been asked to attend in place of the EY talent partner, Maggie. I’d been so impressed with our conversation at the event that I’d insisted that Carolyn was brought in to feature as one of our experts at the national roll-out of the EY Parentaship, the UK’s first child and parent work experience insight event. We’ve remained friends since.

Carolyn’s story covers:

  • how her childhood experiences and parental influence have informed her career story to date

  • her journey from Royal Holloway (University of London) to Career Coach of the Year

  • her work helping others to discover their purpose and passion for the work that they do

  • the creation of her INSPiRED Career and Life Coaching Framework and Planning tool

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About Carolyn

A languages graduate (London University) Carolyn has a passion for helping people identify and work towards achieving their potential. Her own very painful career crisis, following a successful but unfulfilling business career working in property, international software and publishing led to her identifying her true North and retraining to become a careers adviser and now a career coach, speaker and change maker.

A former university Deputy Director and Institute Director of Student Development and Employability, she took Voluntary Severance in 2015 to set up Career Alchemy, an award winning career coaching and training company supporting students, recent graduates and professionals seeking to change their career both direct and via organisations.

More recently, she added Careers Advice for Parents to her portfolio to provide support for the parents and carers of teenagers to help them create inspiring working lives using her research proven INSPiRED Teenager programme variant.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Higher Education Academy, and the International Enterprise Educators’ Programme, she is a Trustee and on the board of the Ceredigion Citizens Advice Bureau, a

national trainer for AGCAS, the UK Careers Adviser/Career Coach of the Year 2017, has received two business awards from Prince Charles and represents her professional association, the Career Development Institute, in Wales.

Find out more about Career Alchemy here

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