In December I was honoured, along with my colleague, Kathleen Fanning, by being chosen as “Career Coach of the Year’ at the ICF Ireland Coaching Awards Gala. The award was in recognition of the work carried out over the last few years from our involvement with the SECAD/LIT Time to Change Programme.
A central element of the Time to Change Programme is the creating of a secure and safe group environment where topics such as personal responsibility, encouraging self, managing change, understanding communication styles etc. can be delivered with a strong team coaching ethos and approach. Each participant is supported by the provision of one to one coaching sessions which ‘bookend’ the programme.
In the South and East Cork area, as a result of the “Time to Change” programme, 19% of participants have become self-employed in the Region. Over 30% are now pursuing further education so that they can upskill and pursue new career opportunities on completion of these qualifications. A significant percentage is actively seeking employment but now have the skills to help them manage the process of job-seeking and dealing with interviews.
A participant on the course commented, “My confidence was okay before the downturn, but I lost it through no work, no money and the worry. This course made me find myself again”.
SECAD has delivered the programme 28 times across Youghal,
Cobh, Ballincollig and Midleton during 2010-14 catering for 482 Participants.