We interviewed Jenny MacLean and Jane Brown, two incredible women who recently attended career clinics. We asked them about their backgrounds, the issues they explored and the benefits of attending the sessions.

Jenny was a mechanical engineer for six years before retraining and working in the fitness industry. Ten years later, she studied a Master’s in renewable energy after deciding to re-enter engineering. She joined Equate’s Women Returners Programme, which included career clinic support.

‘When the email came through from Equate offering a career clinic session I had been fighting with my CV, unsure how best to structure it to do myself justice in applying for an engineering job […]. I saw it as a great opportunity to help me to get “unstuck”!

She had two sessions with Helen Whitham, a careers coach with Equate Scotland, who supported her to pursue her new goals. Jenny focussed on structuring her CV, preparing for job interviews and identifying transferable skills from her previous roles.

Jane, a polymer chemist with over a decade of experience, was also looking for a change. Having recently relocated to Scotland from Teesside, England, Jane found herself looking for a commercial role that would make the most of her experience while offering exciting new challenges.

‘Helen spoke about the importance of networking and using LinkedIn […] She encouraged me to contact the owners of job vacancies to discuss the opportunity in more detail rather than deselecting myself automatically’.

Jane valued the insight she gained from the sessions. ‘The main benefits are being able to talk things through with someone who understands the challenges and problems faced and who can provide fresh, new ideas when it feels like all the options have been exhausted. Helen provided me with clarity and a different approach.’

Jenny was impressed by Helen’s knowledge, resources and objectivity, and notes feeling a shift after her sessions: ‘I certainly went away with a warm glow, feeling very positive about myself and my job search after both sessions. Great for building confidence and self-motivation.’

We still have a few career clinic slots left this summer. Career clinics are free of charge and can be delivered in person in our Edinburgh offices or over Skype. For more information or to book a career clinic, email info@equatescotland.org.uk or call us on 0131 455 5108.

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