Broadening My Horizons
I studied a BA in International Business and Modern Languages at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. I enjoyed what I was learning and knew it would be useful, but it wasn’t as interesting as what I was doing in AIESEC, the largest student organisation in the world.
Within 6 months of joining AIESEC, I became a VP on the local committee. We were responsible for recruiting new members and sending 8 graduating students for an internship abroad. So there I was, 18 years old, lacking in self confidence, frightened of speaking in public, and having to force myself to go into lecture halls and deliver speeches in front of 500+ first years to entice them to become AIESEC members, and then going into final year lecture halls to recruit students to join the working abroad programme.
It was a major turning point in my life, and it wouldn’t have happened if my fellow board members hadn’t coached me through it. From that point on, I knew I had found my passion….helping others to experience new things, learn from those experiences and grow into someone they wanted to be. It was happening to me and it felt amazing, and I wanted others to feel the same. I was growing so much that I didn’t even recognize the person I was becoming, but I knew it was right and I trusted that it was good for me.
While studying in Germany, I facilitated workshops for students preparing to go on their internship abroad. We discussed culture shock, what it is, how to overcome it when living and working abroad and how it can be difficult to come back to your own culture after learning to live in another. Then I moved to Spain and spent a year living in Madrid, studying at university 3 days a week and embracing the Spanish culture the other 4 days of the week.
After finishing my degree back in Scotland, I packed my bags and moved to Costa Rica for a year, where I was a VP for AIESEC Costa Rica and spent a year working voluntarily, opening the AIESEC world to Costa Rican students and earning a living from teaching English.
How I Became a Coach
My career has helped me follow my passion and I have been working in learning and development for over 15 years. I have worked for large global companies, small non-profit organisations, and in the public sector, each of which have provided many challenges and multiple learning opportunities.
However, it was in the process of being made redundant and finding myself between jobs too many times over a short period that I discovered my calling to become a coach. I became a career adviser working with MBA and specialised Masters students who were studying in the US on a visa.
At the same time, I studied my Masters in International and Intercultural Education with a specialisation in human resources development. This allowed me to study indigenous education programmes, religious considerations in international politics, and ways to deliver virtual learning experiences, among other things.
Now, after also completing training to become a Co-Active coach through the Coaches Training Institute, I am able to offer you the opportunity to invest in yourself, to learn, to grow and to achieve more than you could ever imagine.