Success Story: Finding Flexible Work in a Pandemic

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. You were one of the first people to join the talent ecosystem and I have so thoroughly enjoyed your positive energy and contributions to the group. I am excited to celebrate your success and key learnings with our network.

What was your employment situation when you joined the talent ecosystem?

I’ve been mainly self-employed in various part-time roles while caring for my children for the past 10 years.

A year ago, I started a life coaching practice and was looking for a part-time position that would leverage my coaching skills within a larger organization.

I knew that I was ready to expand my work, but I was worried about giving up control over my own schedule and not being available when my family needed me. I joined the tellent ecosystem in February of 2020.

What are you doing now?

I’m now a part-time Facilitator for the Life & Wellness Coaching Certification program through the Canada Coach Academy. I’m excited share my passion for coaching with people who are new to the field while still having the flexibility to coach with my own clients on the side.

It is the perfect scenario!

How did COVID impact your job search?

When COVID hit and schools and activities stopped, I was able to reclaim all the time I had previously spent chauffeuring my children around. I suddenly felt like I had room in my life for the job that I had wanted but didn’t know how to fit in.

That mindset shift allowed me to get serious about my job search and I began to apply to roles that I had ruled out before.

All of the training classes in my new role are online, so right now I don’t have to worry about cross-country travel that used to be a regular part of this role – and provided an easy excuse for me not to apply in the past.

What is one piece of advice you would offer to other women on this journey?

Start having conversations with employers and applying for roles, even if they don’t feel like exactly what you are looking for.

I landed this role while I was in the process of applying for a job at a different organization. I called my mentor to ask if she would act as a reference for me and the conversation ended up in her offering me a job at her company.

Would you recommend other women join the talent ecosystem?

Yes! The tellent community provided a safe place for me to explore what flexible work could look like. I attended many career coaching sessions and personal development workshops and always felt understood and supported while also getting the gentle nudges I need to get out of my own comfort zone.

Thank you so much Sarah – if people are looking to connect with you where can they find you?

They can reach out to me through LinkedIn or Canada Coaching Academy.