Testimonials from clients of Working Career:
Career Change Coaching Programmes
“If you have any doubts about what you currently do, question if you are going down the right career path or just don’t know what you want to do, I’d recommend working with Diana at Working Career.”
“Career counselling gave me a great insight into my strengths and drivers and made me really focus on what I am looking for in my career. It helped me better understand the origins of my decision making which have led me to my current position and how to make further decisions going forward which will hopefully lead to greater fulfilment and happiness.”
“I was unhappy in my chosen career but had no sense of the direction I wanted to move in. Working Career has made a real difference to my self-awareness and helped me target potential career changes to investigate further. The Highlands Ability Battery was the part of the course I found most interesting and useful. It has really helped me understand the reasons why I found my current position an uphill struggle. It helped me focus on my strengths and give me a much stronger sense of direction in alternative careers to follow and investigate. Diana’s constant support and friendly/approachable manner was also a huge help throughout the process.”
“I would (and have!) recommend the programme to anyone considering a career change or who has that creeping feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction with their job.”
“Working with Diana has been a life-changing experience. Having such a skilled professional helping to focus and taylor the process in such a personal way is both motivating and reassuring. I started off saying ‘no, no, no’ and finished with ‘yes, yes, yes’!”
“Diana has been able to instantly build the rapport to make the sessions really meaningful and helpful right from the start. I would urge anyone even remotely thinking about their career to book themselves onto the programme – it is worth every penny!”
“Thanks for your help. I came to career counselling and got a lot more than that. I was not in a good place emotionally when I started my sessions with you but feel that you really helped me work through a lot of stuff and see more clearly where I am going. I feel excited about my future and look forward with keeping you up to date with developments.”
“I wanted to write to you to say I start a new job on Monday! Thank you so much for your help – it really taught me about how best to sell myself and go about finding a job. As you know I had been unemployed for six months and I have no doubt that I would not have found a job so quickly if I had not come to Working Career.”
I went into this process needing to review my working focus, not knowing if I needed to change it entirely. I have come out with a clarity that is helping me move solidly forward. Working with Diana has been a tremendous help. I thoroughly recommend Diana, and Working Career.
I feel like I've found the job for me and I am very happy with the direction I am going in. I couldn't have done that without your input and guidance a year ago. I also feel equipped to manage my career going forward, knowing what is important to me from a job.
"Diana Dawson is a warm, professional, knowledgeable individual, fully committed and well able to guide you in making the big decisions. She is also thoroughly familiar with the struggles of the typical lawyer in working out what they want from their career/life.
I undertook Diana’s Career Change programme over the course of about a month in the autumn of 2016. I spent about 2 hours with her each week and, in between times, I did tests/exercises, research and a lot of thinking! Diana also did a lot of work in between our sessions – she considered what we had discussed and my thoughts/responses and would come back with ideas/suggestions or locating further materials. She was extremely professional and well-prepared, helping me get the most out of each of our sessions.
The course involves undertaking both the Highlands Ability Battery Test (about 3 hours’ worth of very illuminating psychometric tests!) and the Myers-Briggs Personality-Type test. Both tests confirmed many things I knew/suspected about myself in terms of my skills and talents as well as my character. I received very in-depth reports which were extremely interesting and helpful.
I would recommend Diana Dawson’s Career Change Programme without hesitation! I consider it money well-spent and an investment in my future. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it – it does demand a commitment of time and effort as well as a bit of soul-searching. You will, in return, however, learn much about yourself and what you want from your life as well as your career and you will return to what you learned over and over again as you move forward on your chosen path."
“Diana is a professional and motivational coach. I found the meetings of huge benefit and through talking through the issues I had at work I could work many things out myself. Diana also had some excellent suggestions.”
“My coach was excellent, she guided me quietly and almost subconsciously so that it was all my decisions. She didn’t let me rest but was so subtle in her interventions I could almost believe it was all my own work. However I know for certain that before I went I was in quite a mess and after only two sessions I feel she has helped me to find a path that I am currently following.”
Following a difficult period with my previous employer I worked closely with Diana, intermittently over a six month period. Diana helped a tremendous amount. She assisted, guided and encouraged me to move forward. Thank you Diana for all your help!
“The best personal development course I have ever been on. 10 out of ten.”
“This was a hugely useful workshop. It gave me the techniques and skills to plan my job search properly. Diana was hugely motivational and positive so I feel ready and eager to hit the ground running.”
“Thank you so much for all your assistance with the psychometric testing of potential candidates. It was an extremely interesting and valuable exercise and your advice with regard to probing questions did pay dividends during 2nd interviews. Once again many thanks and I am certainly considering future psychometric testing as a developmental tool for the existing team."
"Just wanted to say a big thank-you for our session on Thursday night. It has worked wonders as I have been offered and accepted the role. The interview went really well, it basically covered most of the questions which we went through, so thanks a million."
Diana was absolutely excellent. I was made to feel comfortable straight away. The advice was well structured, easy to digest and easy to recall in the thick of an interview. My interview performance was greatly enhanced; I was calmer, more focused, and more confident. Overall the advice undoubtedly helped me differentiate myself, deliver a strong performance and lead to a successful outcome. Thank you.
"Diana has helped me enormously on two separate occasions. The first was with career counselling and the second was with interview practice. With her help, I am now due to start a new job in a field which is of particular interest to me. I could not have done this without her help and guidance. I have, and will continue to, recommend her."