Mark is a qualified Career Coach whose work has taken him as far as Eastern Europe and the USA. Since 2001 he has been helping individuals to find out how to choose a career, whether it’s at the start of their working life or in the middle. For his career advice work in schools, Mark was awarded the Youth Coach of the Year 2015 by the Coaching Academy, the largest Life Coach training organisation in Europe.
Mark has been through his own career change too.
Having left university Mark took a gap year to work in a hostel with young homeless children in London. It was there that he first came across a professional Careers Adviser who would come into the hostel to work with the young people. The residents were really inspired by the Careers Adviser and this prompted Mark to think about this career path. However, he then went on to follow a career relevant to his degree in Food Technology and started a job in environmental health with the local council. Although the job was interesting initially, it was never something he wanted to do long term and was certainly not a job that he was passionate about. So at the age of 30, with a new addition to the family, Mark took the brave step to return to university part time to train to become a Careers Adviser.
He also boosted his ‘toolkit’ by training to become a Life Coach with the Coaching Academy.
Mark now spends his time partly working with teenagers in schools and also working with individual adults who are seeking a career transition.
Mark is married with 4 teenage children and lives on the south coast of England in Worthing. He loves Man Utd and KFC hot wings!
I never received careers advice when I was at school. If I had, I’m sure my decisions would have been different. I am also aware that many people are unhappy and unfulfilled in their work. That really saddens me. That’s why I am passionate about helping people who want to discover the right career path for them.
My coaching support is for ambitious, committed and positive individuals who don’t want to settle for mediocrity in work and believe deep down that there is something great out there for them. They just need some help to find it.
Therefore, my mission is to help individuals to know how to choose a career path that not only helps them to pay the bills but also a pathway that serves as a platform for them to truly express who they are, whilst empowering them to take control of their career.
Last night, we had the opportunity to have a good chat about things, and he was (I felt for the first time in a long time), upbeat about what he needs to think about and get done.
He showed me the test results which I think has given him a real confidence boost, as well as having consolidated a lot of things for him in his own mind.
And your post call summary has also had an effect, as he seems to be much more ‘in the zone’, giving him the impetus with a plan on how he gets things done.
Heartfelt thanks from me, his mum, as it has felt like quite a difficult time for all of us!
Mark is passionate about his work and very sensitive to the needs of his clients. I was lucky to work with Mark in the international surrounding where he shared knowledge and skills regarding career counselling with the group of youth workers coming from 8 European countries.
Through his work he challenged many limiting beliefs and helped me and others to realize our potentials in a better light and get ideas for helping others do the same.
I strongly recommend Mark for any challenging task since he proved to be flexible, process oriented but also having results in mind, and the most important of all, very positive and inspiring co-worker.
My daughter Lucie and I both gained a lot from your talk and found your approach to finding what the right path may be, very positive.
Before I contacted Mark, I didn't believe that I could pursue the career I really wanted but after a few sessions it began to feel that my dreams weren't so unrealistic after all.
By the end of the course, I had the confidence to make steps towards getting the job I always wanted.
Mark was our trainer in a 7 day International Training Course on topics of youth career guidance for youth workers from 8 countries. His work is amazing - aside from providing skills for our work, he helped us to think over our lives and things we want to do. This training course and his energy gave me a new wave of enthusiasm for both - working with youth and developing myself. I hope I will have the opportunity to work with him again.
I came to Mark to gain focus and direction as I was awash with ideas and not knowing which to follow. Mark guided me through exercises which systematically drew out my interests, skills and preferences. I am now in a position to drive forward on key ideas with clear goals on what I want to achieve and how I'll know when I have. Thanks Mark!
I had no clear idea of where I wanted my career to go, except that I didn’t want to carry on with what I was doing. Working with Mark has been instrumental in giving me the right questions, and gaining a good understanding of myself so that I could change direction. His sessions were well structured whilst giving sufficient freedom for different lines of enquiry. And it’s a long time since I enjoyed homework, but I really did relish the work he suggested between meetings. I would thoroughly recommend having Mark coach you through your career conundrums.
I worked with Mark during a time of huge personal transition. He gave me invaluable insight into myself, which has had a direct impact on the course of the last 6 months of my life. The coaching sessions I had with him prompted me to take action in the direction of the career and life I really want, rather than doing what I think I 'should' be doing to please other people or fit in. He also got me thinking very differently about the options available to me, which opened doors both in my mind and externally in the world. Mark has outstanding interpersonal skills, which really helped me be at ease and take risks to be completely honest in our sessions. I highly recommend him and his service.