My name is John Evans and I am the managing director and principal career coach at Vitas Consult Ltd: an international assessment, coaching and development consultancy. Until September 2016, I was the Global Practice Leader for Integrated Talent Management at World Vision International: the world’s largest humanitarian development NGO.
I am a qualified career development professional holding the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance, the Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (Centre for Coaching), an MSc in People & Organisational Development (Roffey Park), a Diploma in Management and the British Psychological Society Occupational Testing Certificate Level A. I am a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator practitioner; Life Styles Inventory and Insights Discovery practitioner and I also qualified in Assessment & Development Centre Design & Implementation with SHL.
Over seven years I pioneered the charities’ global leader orientation, talent and succession management, leadership assessment and education programmes, executive coaching and career development services.
Earlier in my career I was part of the team that founded Britain’s largest career and educational guidance consultancy. The opportunity to do this came after sixteen years experience in career coaching as a practitioner and manager of careers services. I then gained eight years experience in leadership, management and organisational development in complex European and global professional services firms including Bacon & Woodrow, Hewitt Associates and Aon. In addition to my work within organisations, the Office for Public Management also appointed me as a Fellow in Leadership and Organisational Development.
I now have more then twenty years of experience working as an executive and leadership coach notably with clients who have professional expertise in medicine, health care, central government, actuarial, investment consulting, insurance, IT, HR, accountancy, communications, legal services and all aspects of humanitarian and international development. Recently, I have enjoyed working with mid career leaders who are seeking to move from the private sector or national government roles into senior roles in international development, humanitarian aid or the leadership of international charities and foundations. I find my work as a selection and development consultant and experience designing assessment and development centres provides insights that are invaluable in career coaching.
Discoveries in career coaching
Through my career coaching I have discovered that until an individual really understands, 1., what they are capable of and who they are it is very difficult to make decisions or to market themselves successfully. The next phase in the process is all about, 2., creatively exploring options. This frequently involves thinking about the options ahead in new and challenging ways and taking “do this but not that” decisions. At this point it is wise to set some, 3., SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-scaled) objectives and write these up in a career action plan. Once you have achieved these objectives you will then find it helpful to invest in, 4., active career management.
These four phases of career development provide a framework that many people have found very helpful.
- By John Evans
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