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22 Mar, 2009

Success Stories – Aliya Ali-Afzal

Posted by: The Coaching Academy In: Success Stories

Coaching Blog - Aliya Ali-AfzalI just wanted to share some recent career success with you which I hope will be of inspiration to other trainee/ new coaches.

As you may know, for the last four years I have been running my own coaching practice (www.careercoachuk.com), coaching professionals such as bankers, managers, doctors and lawyers through Career Crisis or Career transitions. I really enjoyed this but was only doing it part-time because my children were still quite young. Last year I decided to go full time and at the same time, a little fed of working by myself for so long, I started looking for Career Coaching roles in an organisation. I felt that I would benefit from learning from others and wanted a new context and a new challenge.



In Feb 2009, I started a full time role as a Career Coach at the London Business School, part of the University of London. I coach the students, many of whom are doing an MBA as a means to making a Career Change and as they often want to transition into investment banking, it brings all my interests together ( I used to recruit senior MBA’s for investment banks in the City before I started coaching).



I am really grateful to The Coaching Academy for introducing me to a wonderful new career and giving me an excellent training in the subject.



I would say to all new coaches that it was really tough for me at the beginning- especially when I was doing everything right and still the phone never seemed to ring! However, my advice would be, keep trying, readjust your business according to what you learn along the way ( I made so many mistakes- from the wrong domain name to not having a niche) and one day, it does pay off!



I still plan to keep my private practice going as I love what I do and keep getting referrals. However, I have limited myself to a couple of sessions at the weekend.



Best Wishes



Aliya



Aliya Ali-Afzal

Managing Director

Career Coach UK

Career Solutions for Professionals



Web: www.careercoachuk.com
Email: aaa@careercoachuk.com

1 Response to "Success Stories – Aliya Ali-Afzal"

1 | Merete Langler

April 8th, 2009 at 10:22 am

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Wow Aliyah,

This is so encouraging. I am in my first 8 months of working for myself, and it is always helpful to hear other people’s stories. I had just sat down to start working on the next part of my campaign and decided to read this first. It really helps me to keep the faith!

Thank you
Merete

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