Mike provides career advice and guidance services in Perth for novels writers aspiring to financial independence and a satisfying and meaningful life. Career development is often conducted by phone with email support after an introductory meeting.
Freedom to write can seem like a very distant lifestyle if we are in the wrong day job for who we truly are, or when we work in areas that leverage our weaknesses instead of our strengths. Work situations like that can undermine not only our financial foundation but also the joy of living in our relationships and life more broadly, and upset the balance we need for our writing life.
I’m a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia, and we can work together to put your work life or career on a stable foundation that reflects you and your needs.
Career guidance aims to help you improve where you are in your career so you can enjoy your writing life. It is suitable for:
- Novel writers who graduated from university at least 3 to 5 years ago and still haven’t started doing the sort of financially rewarding work they expected to be doing by now.
- People who think they need a career change to maintain sustainable financial progress to support their writing, and would like assistance examining opportunities and investigate how to proceed.
- People whose writing career has been their primary focus and need to explore and address the impact of that experience on their career satisfaction and financial stability.
How it works
Career advice is a spiral of increasing insight and action that passes through several stages. These stages are only a rough guide, and each of them can be revisited often as you distil the feedback and results from your actions.
Stage 1 – Initial Consultation
Our first step is to allow you the time to fully describe were you are at in your life, what you want, and what turbulence you want to address. It can be a great help if you provide a rough guide of the things you have done in your life – be that in the workplace, interests and other important things in your life, ideally set out on a timeline.
Stage 2 Defining Outcomes
In our second consultation we review what you have intuitively learned from the first session, and work through the process of creating outcomes to aim for. We also work out what each of us is responsible for in the implementation of your action plan at this time.
Stage 3 – Exploration
We take the time to explore your niche in the world for the choices and possibilities available. This can include an exploration of your beliefs, relations, conflicts and values in the physical, social, personal and spiritual realms of life as you experience it.
Stage 4 – Awareness
One of the primary aims of career development is to be a catalyst for the development of an increased understanding and new perspective on the way you live. Central to that task is an increase in your awareness of self, others and your world. Taking an ecological approach ensures that it includes an awareness of your niche, and the future you want. This hopefully raises new questions about life for you.
Stage 5 – New Perspective
When the career counselling relationship reaches a high level of trust it may be possible to bring in elements of my perspective, if that can contribute to achieving the outcomes you are aiming for.
Stage 6 – Endings
When you have achieved your objective, or the purpose or function of having a program of career development becomes redundant, we should spend a little time to draw the program to an end.