noun: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
What is our identity?
Put simply; our identity is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make us who we are. It’s not unusual to have different identities depending on our environment; we could see ourselves quite differently at work than what we do at home, and identities certainly change throughout our lives.
Think about your own current life stage, how is it different to 5, 10 or even 20 years ago? Has your career changed or have your priorities shifted? You may not even have to look back that far, 2020 was an unprecedented year and changed priorities for many.
In the video below Sarah, the founder of Career Voyage, talks about her own changing identity and how she has arrived at her current destination. Furthermore, we have
Careers and Our Identity
Our identities are often linked to our careers and when we are between roles we can often find ourselves feeling lost, at sea, and not quite feeling ourselves. Similarly, when our life stage or a big event happens, we can be left feeling that our career no longer fits our identity. It’s at these points that it is time to take action and think about what needs to change to enable us to feel whole again.
Making a change doesn’t necessarily mean making a quick decision to change your current job or employer, it could be something like wanting to work more flexibly, fewer hours, or in a slightly different role. One option could be a job share, you can read more about that in our article here.
The first part of the Career Voyage framework is called Discover and is all about discovering who you are; your identity. We use intuitive tools that will help you discover who you are, now, and what you want from your life and career. When you understand what makes you tick, your superpowers, knowledge and expertise, transferable skills, and values, it helps you articulate what you bring to the party and how you gain a competitive edge. You examine where you have liked working historically and where you haven’t. You will understand what you value the most at this stage in your life and from there can decide which direction you are heading.
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Sarah started her career in fmcg marketing working as a brand manager on Clover and as an interim manager on Clover (twice) and Quorn. She founded a start-up interim management company in Gloucestershire and that business changed the percentage of women and diverse talent in senior marketing and HR roles. Sarah specialises in attracting, onboarding, developing, engaging and retaining diverse talent into forward thinking businesses to improve productivity, performance and profit. Flexible working and wellbeing play a large part. Since covid-19 wreaked havoc on the job landscape, Sarah has a created an innovative programme to get senior experienced professionals back into work or fine-tune their current role so that it makes happy.