Spotlight Series: Meet Personal Development Coach Anh-Sophie Clery

1. Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello! My name is Anh-Sophie and I am a personal development coach for women. I specialise in 2 areas:

  • Budgeting to help women manage their finances better and make their projects come to life

  • Career and purpose, to help them decide what their next move is and find what they truly want for their lives

I am a French Caribbean millennial who lives in London. I love food – I’ve recently discovered myself a passion for chocolate muffins - sports cars, shoes and good laughter. I strongly believe that as women, we were born to be powerful in all areas of our lives. We can create the life of our dreams.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

I landed my first job as an accountant for a global car equipment manufacturer in Belgium. I had originally done a one-year placement with them a couple years before. As I was close to graduate from my Business School – I hold a Master’s degree in Management and Finance - I reached out to my former manager to see if there were any opportunities for young graduates. It turned out there were. So I had 2 interviews for two different roles and I got to choose the one I was most interested in.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

Four years after I started working as an accountant, I realised that I didn’t like the job as much as I convinced myself I would. And I felt trapped, completely lost and I had no idea what I would do next. I had several burnouts as well as a depression. When I came out of it I decided I would never let that happen to me again and that I would always listen to my inner voice. That’s how I started my self-improvement journey. After two years of self-reflecting, reading books and attending conferences and seminars, I found out what I really enjoyed doing and wanted to do as a living going forward – personal development, training and coaching. I had always taken great pleasure in listening to people and helping them be in a better position. This is what I do now and I am beyond happy.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

I think I would tell myself this: “True success is not measured by status and money, but by your ability to follow your dreams no matter what. Find out what you truly want to do in life, regardless of what people may think or say.”

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

In 5 years, I want to organise workshops and seminars for women around their personal and professional development. I want to avoid people the pain I felt when I thought that I had failed both personally and professionally. I want to show them and teach them that nothing is impossible, especially in our time, as long as you believe in yourself and do the work.

Personally I’d like to write a book maybe to tell my story and inspire others. And I hope to have my family by then – but if not, I’ll be ok too.

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