FlexCareers is passionate about supporting our employer partners and our community to be the best that they can be. We offer a range of training and coaching services in areas such as career transition and outplacement, parental leave, return to work, managing flexibly, interview skills, leadership and management, positive psychology, and diversity & inclusion – to name a few.
In this series, we introduce you to our panel of FlexCoaches, each who offer a complimentary 30 minute chemistry session to our community.
1.Caroline, can you tell us a bit about your career history?
I’ve had quite a diverse career history. I started in banking straight out of school, then moved into the family business. I moved from there into a progression of administration and management roles across industries – all containing elements of HR, which really intrigued me. I made a conscious move into solely HR roles and have been working in HR across the professional services sector for the last 15 years. I’ve been consulting for myself in the HR, coaching and L&D space for almost a year now.
2.What was your motivation to become a coach?
Coaching is a core skill required in HR and I have enjoyed undertaking further study and practice in this field to hone my skill. I suppose at the heart of it I want to help people succeed and achieve their goals. Coaching can do that.
3.What are your particular areas of coaching expertise?
If there is such a thing as a coaching generalist I’d like to think that’s me. I have experience delivering traditional coaching, career coaching, life coaching and mentoring.
4.What do you love most about coaching?
I love it when we start to see behaviours shift due to an insight a client has gained during coaching. Behavioural change is slow and difficult – but so worth it!
5.How do you define success?
Success for my clients is defined by helping them move towards their goal. For myself it’s ticking of lots of little objectives and helping people along the way.
6.What is your vision for women in the workplace?
There’s already so much great advice out there, but I do think women need to use their own judgement on what is best of them. If I could go back and give some advice to my younger self it would be to grab opportunity with both hands, challenge myself to do more/better and to not sit back and wait for dreams to unfold. You need to take action to progress towards goals or they remain dreams
As well as coaching, Caroline has written a number of blogs for FlexCareers that may help you on your career journey, here are some recent articles:
- To coach or not to coach?
- Identifying and showcasing your transferable skills
- The art of creating your work life blend
- Self awareness and your return to work goals
more by Caroline here.
About Caroline McGuire
With a broad background across industries and organisations, Caroline is able to help individuals seeking clarity in their personal and/or professional life, and provide specific support to emerging and existing leaders aiming to improve self-awareness, communication and leadership skills. You can connect with Caroline and browse coaching services available through FlexCareers here.