Frequently Asked Questions
In 2016 we were approached by Frontier Journal to do an interview on the Founder and Director of Career Crossroads International; the following is the article that was published by Frontier Journal ISSUE 02 – 2016.
Describe what Career Crossroads International does?
We assist people to get the most out of their career.
What inspired you to start CCI?
We noticed that there were many people dissatisfied with their job but unsure of where and how to take the next step. We wanted to go beyond the norm of what the industry was offering and create a bespoke and proactive alternative for people at all stages in their career.
What’s the best part of your job?
Helping someone realise the value they have to offer and to assist them to truly find the career that fits their needs.
How long have you been operating and how many years of experience do you have in this field?
CCI was established early 2014. Previously, I had worked as a GM in a HR consultancy for over seven years. Prior to that, I had 20 years of commercial experience in Canada and Australia across various industries.
I am sure there are happy ending stories for every client, can you describe the ultimate success story for one of your clients.
We recently had a client that had been looking for a new opportunity for over 18 months. They had been in the same industry for 10 years and had worked their way up through the ‘ranks’ but felt unfulfilled personally and professionally. We spent time together looking at the whole picture, assessing their strengths and identifying their true motivators and stressors. We put together a proactive strategy that highlighted the value they offer. Our client received a job offer in a new industry offering the flexibility they were looking for!
What are three tips for people that feel like they are stuck in a job they don’t enjoy?
Take a break, a long weekend or a vacation to reassess. Talk to someone neutral and ask for their perspective. If a radical change is not feasible, look at alternative ways to reignite the passion you are looking to get out of life. Volunteering, joining clubs or groups centred around your interest/s and start putting plans in place so when you are ‘ready’ you can make the change.
When you are in the initial planning phase with clients, are there three questions you always ask that are the forefront of mapping out a plan?
- What is your passion and what do you enjoy doing outside of work?
- What does success mean to you?
- What’s your appetite for risk?
What do you think are the three most important attributes to ask yourself to keep your work life balanced?
- What is my definition of work/life balance?
- Am I in a career/company that will facilitate my definition?
- What can I do to cut out things that add no value in achieving my work/life balance?
The above article was published by Frontier Journal ISSUE 02 – 2016.