One of the problems often encountered when you have to start your career in hospitality or retail is dealing with being let down by other team members. Especially on Sunday shifts. Many of us have to work on weekends in our twenties. Although, no-one I met looked forward to it, other than the business owners. Getting fried on Sundays because other members of the team didn’t turn up is horrible.
Especially if the only roles you have been able to find don’t play to your strengths. Perhaps it’s only benefit is to power up a commitment to the sort of demanding and out of your comfort zone job search often required to get financially satisfying and meaningful work from a position in the hospitality sector.
As report after report has shown, since 2008 getting secure work has become rarer and rarer for people in their twenties if they don’t start out there. But it can be done, and for those who want to stay in hospitality, there are always some roles, in some organisations, where you can build a financially sound career.
I work with clients to develop their strengths and overcome career difficulties in their current role. Mostly I work with people in their mid-twenties to identify the skills they like using, the areas of strength were they have the most potential for growth, so they can take the initiative and optimise the development of career capital.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be”Paul Valery
Personal & professional development
I started personal coaching while an Applied Philosophy PhD student in Melbourne. Later I turned to the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ to assist with personal and professional development.
When we moved to Adelaide I started blogging and created several sites using WordPress. I also completed formal qualifications in counselling and career development.
An avid learner my education includes:
- a Bachelor of Arts and Honours degree in Philosophy from Murdoch University.
- 5 years of PhD research in Applied Philosophy and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
- a Graduate Certificate in Career Development from the University of Queensland
- a Diploma of Counselling from Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors