Need help with your career?

New Year around the corner, so a great time to review your career. Are you where you want to be? Do you jump out of bed eager to get to work? Do you go home each day knowing you’ve done a good job? If not, then here’s your chance to get some help.

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Dec 21, 2016

Every career has its ups and downs. After 40 + years in the workplace, I know that more than most. I’ve had a great run, followed my dreams, succeeded in the way that I’ve wanted to and managed some very tough times along the way. I can safely say that everything has taught me something and it all contributed to where I am today – offering myself as your new ‘agony aunt’ for your career.

In 1973, I was full of zeal, determined to make a difference and totally out of my depth, slogging my way around Borehamwood on a grotty black upright bike, organising help for the elderly. First incarnation - Judith, the social worker, which led me directly to my ‘coming home’ experience – Gestalt psychotherapy. This gave me help when I needed it, a way of working and a set of values for life.

Since then, I’ve set up businesses – some adequate, some really successful; made wrong turns and been sacked (if this happens to you, I hope your manager will care enough to explain why!); switched careers in mid stream and loved it; published books when I didn’t know I could write…

I’ve learned that that I can do most of the things I put my mind to and that I’ll only put my mind to what matters most. That work should be a love affair and if the shine has gone off, then it may be signaling the need for change. That even when I love what I do, it will be hard work; and that success is specific to me, so comparing with others is a waste of energy.

And now I’m on a mission. I want you to have a terrific love affair with your work, because then you’ll do a brilliant job and your business or workplace will thrive. So I’m all yours – ready to answer questions:

  • Are you struggling to manage your manager or to be taken seriously?
  • As the only woman in a meeting, do you still end up taking the notes?
  • Are you backing off an honest conversation with the underperformer in your team?
  • Do you feel able to share your good ideas with the right people, so the business can use your creativity?
  • And are you actively tending your career and getting to where you want to be?

If these sorts of questions are keeping you awake at night, get in touch and let’s look at your options. I’ve worked with more managers, leaders and high performers than you can shake a stick at and in businesses right across the sectors, so I’m ready to share all that learning and knowledge with you.

So talk to me. Let’s explore what’s bothering you at work.

Post your questions in the comments section below, ask us on the Psychologies Facebook and Twitter page or email I’ll be posting regularly, answering your questions.

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Judith Leary Joyce

Great Companies Consulting

In 1996 I made the shift into business, taking my knowledge of Gestalt Psychology into the realm of Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Leadership/ Management Development. In 2001 I worked on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, then went on to write my first book Becoming an Employer of Choice which was followed by Inspirational Manager and The Psychology of Success. Since then I have worked with organisations across the sectors from large corporates through to young start ups, public sector and charities. Now it’s time to help you have a love affair with your work and get exactly what you want from your career. To find out more about my work and coaching go to
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Jill Annables about 2 months ago

I am at a total loss career wise I was a successful manager took redundancy and since (last 7 years) I have drifted in a job that doesn't fulfill me. I want a complete change but have no idea where to start. Help!!!

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Judith Leary Joyce about 2 months ago

Hi Jill - good to hear from you and thanks for your question. I've put together some ideas for you - see latest blog post.

Hope it helps and let me know how you get on.