1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Alana Simone and I am a mother of two. I am an active occupational therapist and an accredited life coach. I am very career focused and believe all desires are achievable. I believe in living in harmony, and a healthy work-life balance. I trained with New Skills Academy and Six Star Academy in coaching and continue to train with various organisations so further develop my craft. I hold a certificate awarded to me by the chief executive of my NHS trust for leadership, patient and staff support, passion and drive. I have a degree in psychology as I have a passion for how the mind works. I am enjoying my journey to deliver support and empower others to gain confidence in seeking their desired goals. I tend to put all my energy into my clients as I have a deep sense of empathy due to my own experiences.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was in a bakery, I was 16 years old and I remember, I was travelling to the Caribbean that summer. My mother said now that you are 16, if you want to spend money in the Caribbean, you need to earn it. I set out on a mission that week, handing out my CV’s to many companies. On the 3rd day, I walked it a bakers shop, handed in my CV and was asked to carry out an interview there and then, I got the job and began saving up my spending money. I had the best holiday, a great 6 weeks away in the sun. What was more valuable to me is that I earned it; therefore, I valued the holiday even more.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I have always had a passion for helping others and witnessing growth. I completed a psychology degree and grew a large desire to pursue a career in life coaching. I fell pregnant in my second year of psychology and although I passed my degree I did not gain the grade required for a psychotherapy postgraduate degree. I began researching other avenues and liaised with career advisers. I can complete a year training with an organisation to gain a higher qualification in psychotherapy, due to having a profession in healthcare. I completed my Occupational Therapy degree off the back of this advise.
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to engage with patients and clients who require input in regards to psychology which has provided great reward. I then went on to completed my diploma and gain my accreditation in life coaching. Another reason I wanted to gain a career in OT was that I wanted that stability for my two children while I build my coaching business. This is one of my personality traits, in wanting to feel secure in life. This trait can cause a delay in progression, however, I find ways to balance this for my own happiness.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I would have told my younger self to just let things flow. To be honest I had a great childhood. However, in regards to self-development and entrepreneurship, I would tell my younger self to focus on the bigger dream and not let negative, judgemental views and comments hinder my growth. I played it very safe growing up, I always did what I wanted to do; however, certain dreams were not paid attention too, due to lack of confidence and courage.
The best career advice I have received is …. well, there are many:
Always ask questions.
Be confident but not afraid to show vulnerability.
Balance work and life activities to avoid burn out.
Always work to your best ability
Do not be afraid to fail. Failing forward provides more knowledge and clarity into your written goal.
Align your thoughts and actions.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
In 5 years’ time, I hope to be more established in my coaching career. My coaching organisation up and running effectively. Helping as many people as I can build self-worth and value, and also find their path in life.
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