1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Bec McFarland and I’m a career coach based in Canberra, Australia. My career coaching practice, Pop Your Career, is dedicated to proving that career advice doesn’t have to be boring and that career fulfilment is definitely not out of reach. I work with my clients in relation to clarity (what to do next in their career and how to do it), confidence (overcoming self-doubt, imposter syndrome or other mindset challenges), and accountability (supporting them to achieve their big scary goals)
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was as a salesperson at Lincraft, a local craft, fabric and haberdashery store. I got the job through the work experience program at my school and stayed there for 2 years. I absolutely loved it and enjoyed trying lots of different arts and crafts.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
My career today happened a little by accident! In 2005 I saw a job advertised in the recruitment industry and decided to apply on a whim. I had been working in administration and was looking for something more challenging. I worked in recruitment for several years before transitioning into a broader human resources role and later into management and coaching. I started Pop Your Career as a side hustle in 2015 as once again, I was looking for a new challenge. I left my job in July 2018 to finally pursue my business full time and have been doing so since!
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I would tell my younger self to stop procrastinating and start today. I’ve been a big procrastinator my whole life but I think if I had taken action sooner, I would have achieved career fulfilment far quicker. I’ve had a brilliant career, but in some respects, it has been quite traditional. Looking back, I would have liked to see myself take more risks, experiment a little more and embrace my entrepreneurial spirit a lot younger.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
In five years, I would love to be still running Pop Your Career, but I see myself having other successful businesses running concurrently. I’m interested in doing more online in terms of courses and programs and I’m also very passionate about helping other business owners to set up systems in their businesses so they can focus on their true callings. This is where I’ll be expanding to next and I see myself continuing to pursue this path and building a team of talented individuals to help me make my business dreams a reality!
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