23 episodes

An interview and Q and A show about the work problems we tackle throughout our lives. Presenter Ruth Barnes and career guidance expert Sue Ahern invite a guest into the studio to tell the personal story of their career crisis and receive advice from Sue. One major topic is covered in each episode, like 'Post Redundancy Crossroads' 'My Boss is Creeping Me Out', or 'Creative Fulfilment vs MONEY.' Expect no holds barred stories with plenty of swearing and tears, life lessons and laughter. Our careers are not straightforward, if you are having a work/life wobble this is the show for you.

My Career Crisis Rosina Sound / Chalk & Blade

    • Careers
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

An interview and Q and A show about the work problems we tackle throughout our lives. Presenter Ruth Barnes and career guidance expert Sue Ahern invite a guest into the studio to tell the personal story of their career crisis and receive advice from Sue. One major topic is covered in each episode, like 'Post Redundancy Crossroads' 'My Boss is Creeping Me Out', or 'Creative Fulfilment vs MONEY.' Expect no holds barred stories with plenty of swearing and tears, life lessons and laughter. Our careers are not straightforward, if you are having a work/life wobble this is the show for you.

    Postbag Edition Season 2

    Postbag Edition Season 2

    For the season finale, Sue and Ruth answer the job problems sent in to the postbag. Questions like 'how do you ask for a pay rise?' 'my boss is manipulative' and 'I'm scared of committing'. There's no guest, just a heap of bulls*** free advice.
     
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    • 35 min
    What Other People Think

    What Other People Think

    You can't underestimate peer pressure from family and friends when you are making choices about your early career. Sue helps 24 yr old pensions administrator Amanda find an alternative narrative around her life to help her feel more confident about the series of choices she has made and worry less about what other people think of her life choices.
     
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    • 40 min
    What the F*** just happened?

    What the F*** just happened?

    How to manage a business crisis. Sophie returns from Season 1 when newly pregnant she was terrified about telling her business partner she was expecting a baby. They ran a successful business, a bar in south London. A real passion project which they are both utterly committed to. Sophie was dreading exploding everything they'd built up together with her news. A year later she's back and we find out how her partner took the news and meet Baby Golda. Only now trouble has hit the business big time and Sophie's whole livelihood is in jeopardy, Sue shares her thoughts on how to crisis manage the business and Sophie's career.
     
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    • 34 min
    Change Your Attitude, Not Your Job

    Change Your Attitude, Not Your Job

    It’s a new year and time to look afresh at our working lives. Can we be happier at work? Is it possible to turn the Monday morning blues to Monday morning hi fives? Caroline says she has never been happy in any of her jobs as an accountant and is a loss at what to do. 
    We also hear from Richard Boston, a psychologist who specialises in team performance and leadership. He gives Caroline (and presenter Ruth) some advice about how to be more positive at work, how to fix difficult relationships with your boss and take back control of your day to day happiness.
     
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    • 55 min
    I'm Burnt Out

    I'm Burnt Out

    There comes a time when you have to say 'enough's enough'. When an employer demands too much that it takes it's toll on your home life it's a good time to reconsider your priorities. 31 year old Fiona loved her job working for a boutique design agency, but when she had her daughter - everything changed. Quitting has been as emotionally hard on her as ending a relationship - Sue has some excellent advice for how to move on.
     
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    • 34 min
    Teaching Has Driven Me Crazy

    Teaching Has Driven Me Crazy

    School teachers are under so much pressure to deliver on educational targets and the emotional wellbeing of our children. At 50 years old, english teacher Judy finds herself overwhelmed and unhappy, but what else can she do?
     
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Susie475 ,

Brilliant advice!

A really great podcast that was entertaining and fascinating to listen to. The advice is grounded and insightful. I found it helped shift my perspective on a number of issues. Would highly recommend.

Kaikai0012 ,

Very relatable

Myself having a bit of a career crisis at the moment, I've listened to almost a whole season of this podcast in the past week. The stories are wonderfully relatable, and the hosts are refreshingly straight forward and no nonsense in their advice. Even if all the advice is not directly applicable to my own situation it is still extremely helpful to hear other people's stories and know that I'm not in it alone. But I do wonder why there seems to be only women who have stories? Where are all the men hiding?

Seddy20 ,

So refreshing and so much common sense!

This podcast is brilliant, and is not only for those involved in a career crisis (or crossroads). It provides lots of useful advice and perspective on a variety of career issues, all of which seem to have an element of relevance. The advice is well thought out and creative whilst being firmly rooted in common sense and feels entirely achievable. Thanks also to all of the people who volunteer to be part of it!

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