Over the late May bank holiday I had the opportunity of participating in a career discovery weekend with Compass Careers. This was based at the beautiful Brunel Manor near Torquay.
It was the first official such weekend that Compass have run, following a successful pilot. The sessions encouraged us to explore our interests, strengths, values and preferred behaviours as well as our life journeys so far. This helped us forge our next steps. It was combined with practical job searching tips and a one on one coaching session.
There were surprises along the way; as is probably the case with many people I found I did not know myself as well as I thought! Indeed the whole experience was rather emotional.
The course is coaching rather than advice, guiding participants to reach their own conclusions. A key part of this is being part of a group, which clicked straight away. I have often thought of 'networking' as a dirty word, but the weekend was an example of what it can be at its best. The course is aimed at people at any stage of their career and this was demonstrated by the broad range of ages, stages and sectors represented. It is not only for those contemplating an imminent move and indeed this may not be the conclusion one comes to.
The beautiful surroundings and scrumptious food at Brunel Manor created the perfect backdrop, which is very important for being in the right frame of mind. We went on delightful walks in Dartmoor and on the coast, and watched Shackleton, a film which demonstrates what excellent leadership looks like.
I left with a renewed sense of life purpose and would wholeheartedly recommend such a weekend to anyone.
Chris Longden - guest blogger