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Frances Cushway

Career Coaching



Frances is an experienced Career Coach based in Godalming and blogs on a variety of current career and job issues.

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Top Tips For Career Returners to Boost Your Personal Brand

Posted by [email protected] on December 31, 2018 at 8:35 AM

Returning to work after maternity leave or a career break feels a bit like riding a rollercoaster. The most common feelings I hear from mums returning to work after having children are: loss of confidence in themselves, feeling daunted by the idea of being in the workplace again, fear about whether they can do the job again, fear about leaving...

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5 tips to take away from the new academic year and apply to your career today.

Posted by [email protected] on September 6, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Despite leaving education over 20 years ago, the legacy of the new school year starting in September means I still see it as an exciting month of change and new possibilities (and a new notepad and pencil case!). For a few years this feeling was a bit out of place as when I was employed it was just another month on the tr...

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CDI Career Development Awards Career Coach of the Year

Posted by [email protected] on February 9, 2018 at 5:40 AM

I'm delighted to share that I have been shortlisted for the CDI Career Development Awards Career Coach of the Year.

The Career Development Awards celebrate and show case the very best UK-wide practice in career development.

The aims of the UK Career Development Awards are:

  • to identify and promote excellence in career d...
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Top Tips For Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

Posted by [email protected] on December 4, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Returning to work after maternity leave is an emotional time. On top of the logistics of child care, coordinating diaries with your partner and working out how the house work will get done there’s dealing with the emotions of leaving your baby. You’re probably also still de...

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Could this be the solution to the Term Time working problem?

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2017 at 3:05 PM

There are two issues that frequently come up in my work as a Career Coach: parents needing term time work to fit around school holidays and students needing commercial experience to supplement their education and make themselves more employable. Could we solve both problems with one neat solution?

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Is the word 'should' weighing you down?

Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

How often in the day do you find yourself saying ‘I should...’? I should eat a salad for lunch rather than a fry up. I should do more exercise. I should have a job where I am earning more.

Should is so engrained in our language that we u...

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Practical Career Planning

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM

In Autumn 2015 I added a new package to my Career Coaching services, which I called Practical Career Planning. It was inspired by clients who have a definite idea about what they want to do next, but who are struggling to make the move.

I am often approached by clients who would like me to review their CV as they feel that it may be holding them back in their job search. Once we start chatting about their job ...

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Top 3 Ways Mums Can Start Their Own Business

Posted by [email protected] on April 9, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Working as a Career Coach in Godalming, my clients are often mums who have moved from London to start a family or after having children. Working in London and juggling nursery and school drop offs can make for a very busy week! Setting up your own local business can be a way to fit your working life around your family life. But where on earth do you start?

The August 2014 survey by the Office for National Statistics ...

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Are you harbouring a secret fantasy....job?

Posted by [email protected] on March 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

As often seems to happen with me, the minute I start cleaning the floor I think of something I’d like to write about. Today this also managed to coincide with my youngest being asleep and my oldest being preoccupied with her new magic colouring book. Without getting too excited about my perfect storm I sat down to see if I could actually finish writing something.

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Time to clean up your digital footprint?

Posted by [email protected] on January 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM

You will have no doubt read from numerous media outlets over the past few years how posting less-than-flattering photos of yourself on social media can impact your chances of promotion or getting that new job. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to ensure that your online persona doesn’t hold you back in your career, here are some quick and easy...

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