Coaching

The tech industry’s culture crisis = your career crisis.

Right now you might be feeling like you take on endless responsibilities at work but nobody really sees you. Your ideas aren’t taken seriously, but when Simon from Sales says it, suddenly it’s genius. You might be looking up the ladder, seeing an all-white boys’ club and wondering how you can progress your career to where you want to be. You might be wondering how to build armor to resist the toxic culture around you. Or you might be afraid of getting lost in the shuffle. Maybe you are an ally trying to figure out the best way to support the people around you to thrive in creating a more welcoming tech culture. Most of all, you are wondering if you’re the only one who feels this way.

You’re not alone. Plenty of people recognise the toxic culture in the tech industry. This industry needs refreshing and rebuilding so it’s open to everyone. You alone cannot change the culture of an entire industry (and I wouldn’t ask you to!), but you CAN change how you respond to the unique challenges that you face every day. The potential for success is there: the tech industry can be a great place to create a career that meets your needs. When it works, tech and digital careers offer flexible working practices, high salaries, and opportunities to truly innovate. It is possible to build YOUR best career here.

Despite the challenges in the tech industry, you can take your career to the next level.

You might be looking for ways to to find your confidence, speak up, navigate difficult people, set boundaries, and rise to the challenges in your career. You might be craving a voice for change in the industry, you might be looking for the leadership that you’d like to see–and you might be wondering if you could become that person.

I’m here to help you not only survive this environment, but to flourish. I’m here to help you take things to a whole new level.

Level Up.

After our coaching programme together, you’ll be able to navigate the tech industry with confidence and clarity. You’ll know your worth. You’ll be in control of your career.

Get the promotion. Take on the big project. Push for greater flexibility. Become the boss you wish you had.

You’ll develop the tools and inner resources to approach your career with courage, independence and a renewed sense of personal authority. You’ll grow resilience by learning to treat every experience as a learning opportunity. You’ll discover how to step up in an industry in crisis. You’ll figure out how to step forward into the career you want to have. The self-knowledge and development skills you gain through our coaching sessions will be yours forever, supporting you on every step of your future career path.

How we’ll do it

The coaching package includes:

  • 6 one-on-one sessions (virtually or in person with me in London). This is a zone of psychological safety for you to explore your biggest fears, hopes and challenges. Peek into the future and see the best version of yourself–the one you want to be. Define goals to get you there.
  • A recording of each session. Yours to keep forever–review for further insights between sessions or celebrate how far you’ve come since day one.
  • A personalised intake exercise. Helps clarify your thinking, sharpen your sense of direction, and gets you in the change mindset, visualising the future you want for yourself.
  • Your action plan from each session. To keep the momentum of moving towards your goal. Getting you excited about taking risks, stepping outside your comfort zone, and learning from experimentation (Fail fast!)
  • Reflection nudges to keep you motivated before each session. Getting you in the coaching headspace so you’re ready to go when we start our session.

If this sounds like what you need to step up, sign up to my mailing list and be the first to know when I have availability for new clients!

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Why work with me?

I believe that we can bring our best selves to work when we’re supported by an atmosphere of psychological safety. When we feel comfortable taking risks, putting ourselves out there, taking a move that scares us, or looking at the world in a radically new way. I’m no stranger to forging a unique career path–I’m a high school drop out with a PhD. Coming from a family of inventors and entrepreneurs, I always knew that there was no one ‘right’ way to do a career–there is only the right way to do YOUR career.

My research on digital communities led to a career in customer insights for the largest online community of teachers in the world. I’ve presented award-winning research on digital cultures and how to measure the connectedness of digital communities at conferences like Mozilla Festival and the Oxford Internet Institute’s Connected Life series. I still do work like this, so when you hire me as a coach you know that I’m actively engaged with problems at the heart of the technologies we use every day. My work as a researcher is often the hinge between the people using products and the people building them, giving me a unique insight into culture inside and outside of technical teams.

I’m also a committed activist for greater social and economic inclusion: I’m a founding trustee of a charity that promotes gender equality through harnessing the power of AI. Most of all I’m interested in how people can do more of their best, whether that’s through building new technical solutions to make their work and lives easier or through a process of continuous personal development and growth.

In 2017 I completed a 120-hour ACSTH coach training programme through Coaching Development in London. I’m a member of the International Coach Federation and I am currently working towards my credential as an Associate Certified Coach.

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Is this for you?

You know you need this if:

  • You’re scared of saying “no” to requests that lead to stress, zero work-life balance, and no autonomy in your work, which have you spiralling towards burnout.
  • You feel like your ideas aren’t taken seriously or recognized at all.
  • You recognize that the culture where you work or in the industry at large is toxic and want to learn how to personally handle it–or how to be an ally for people struggling with this toxicity.
  • You feel like a fraud, or at least not as competent as your co-workers.
  • You’re afraid to speak up for what you want and need at work.
  • You feel adrift in your career, like it’s happened to you instead of you choosing it.

You want things like:

  • To feel strong and confident at work.
  • To know what to say and when to say it.
  • To see a path for your future in tech.
  • To be recognized for your work.
  • To feel in charge of your career and destiny.

If this is resonating with you, it’s time to take a step forward for your career.

By investing in this programme you’ll find the power to shape your career into what you want it to be. Moving towards career goals that YOU set will be energizing instead of spiralling towards burnout from someone else’s goals.

We can feel powerless when we’re wrestling with career challenges which get to the very heart of our personal identity. We can lose sight of our capabilities, tools, and resilience. I’ll be there to support you by pointing out your skills and challenging those negative self-beliefs that are keeping you stuck.

Your inner gremlins could be exaggerating the picture of what might happen if you took a risk and said the scary thing that everyone’s afraid to say, or put yourself forward for the project even though you’re not 100% confident. We’ll explore confidence-building which can help you through those difficult conversations and you might surprise yourself when you take a risk.

Perhaps you’re wondering if coaching is really right for you. Should you be looking for a coach, a mentor, a consultant? Coaching has a forward-looking, goal-oriented focus and and an emphasis on the client finding solutions within themselves using inner resourcefulness and creativity. Consulting, mentoring and training are opportunities for the client to acquire knowledge, advice, guidance, solutions, or skills from an experienced expert. Counselling and therapy are often in response to painful past events with the emphasis on healing or moving away from an undesired emotional state. The purpose of coaching is to help clients specify for themselves what they want, become aware of previously unrecognised options and choices, develop appropriate strategies, and move towards these outcomes. If you’re ready to take action to build a tech career that fits your vision of the best possible future, this is for you.

Maybe there’s a systemic problem in your environment which holds you back from having the kind of career you dream about–if that’s true, we’ll explore what the no-holds-barred limitless future could look like for you so you can figure out how to find a place where you can be your best self.

If you’re ready for a tech career where you have choice, purpose and direction, this programme is for you.

Ready to take things to a whole new level? Sign up to my mailing list and be the first to know when I’ve got availability to take on new clients.

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