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    " Our moral responsibility is not to stop the future, but to shape it... to channel our destiny in humane directions and to try to ease the trauma of transition. "

    Alvin Toffler

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    "Our only security is our ability to change. "

    John Lilly

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    " Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. "

    Pauline R. Kezer

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    Making Change Positive
    Plan It - Own It - Live It!

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    " Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. "

    Jonatan MÃ¥rtensson

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    " A nod, a bow, and a tip
    of the lid to the person who
    coulda and shoulda and
    did. "

    Robert Brault

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    " If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. "

    Thomas Edison

WHAT WE DO

HELPING PEOPLE
MAKE CHANGE
AND GROW:

  • FOR INDIVIDUALS
  • Redundancy, employability & careers
  • Retirement
  • Personal & professional development
  • Life Change
  • FOR ORGANISATIONS
  • Outsourcing and redundancy
  • Retirement
  • Talent management
  • Bespoke training

TESTIMONIALS

Such a brilliant programme which takes the recipient on a journey of personal discovery. It was sincere but not patronising, fun but not frivolous and led to a sense of purpose.

Elizabeth, Bradford

I was able to look at developing a five year plan in a supportive and well structured environment. I feel motivated and have a clearer focus on the steps I need to take to move towards achieving my goals and aspirations. The fact that a holistic approach to change was explored, has meant that I am looking at the transition as integral to all other aspects of my life- and therefore seeking to achieve balance.     

Kim, Nottingham

The course brought to the fore things that I had wanted to explore in the past and brought new enthusiasm to these projects.

Valerie, Leeds

The course and personal coaching allowed me to re-evaluate and assess where I was and where I wanted to be.  The exercises were widely applicable and many people facing changes in their lives embarking on new challenges would benefit.

Stella, York

Was a brilliant opportunity for us to understand where our organisation was headed and also what strengths and talents we have in our team and how they all fitted together to make us more strategically successful as a company.

David, London

Gave me new ideas about how to manage my personal career in our large and growing organisation which has up to now been quite daunting.

Samantha, London

The course was an excellent opportunity for me to think personally about what I want to achieve in the next 3 to 5 years. I haven’t taken stock for years!

Susan, Oxford

Realised how stunted my career development has been and saw avenues to develop

Simon, Leeds

Helpful aspects of the course were:

•    The structured activity and opportunity to reflect & focus on my 5 year plan. 
•    Meeting, learning from and feeling inspired by a variety of other people
•    The excellent workbook / resource folders
•    Mix of learning styles and activities,
•    Competent and enabling facilitators- no slow death by PowerPoint!
•    Good balance of interactive group and personal working time

Richard, Newcastle

I enjoy my day job tremendously but have always had the nagging desire to be an author. Personal coaching has helped me gain the confidence and motivation to enter the publishing world as a freelance journalist which I can do quite comfortably alongside my day job. With the support of my coach I have also developed further plans for writing a book.

Suzanne, York

My world fell apart when I was made redundant after 15 years in the media and marketing industry. My coach helped me work through the initial disappointment/loss, fears and anxieties. My knee-jerk reaction was to immediately look for work as a marketing executive but knew that the industry was making cuts all over the region resulting in quite a hopeless situation. My personal coaching sessions helped me to step-back, understand my strengths and weaknesses and inspired me to develop my own marketing business which has now been thriving for over 4 years and growing.

Liz, Wetherby

The workshop has helped me to see some of the broader options available to me. I also got lots of thought and ideas from other graduates who have experienced what I am going through. 

Liam, 6th Form student

I had an opportunity to share my own ideas of self-development and learn from other graduates’ experiences and how I can apply them to what I need to achieve. 

Diana, Graduate, University of York

I had an opportunity to share my own ideas of self-development and learn from other graduates’ experiences and how I can apply them to what I need to achieve. 

Sarah, Graduate, University of York

Creating a structured  action plan at the end helped me to consolidate the dozens of thoughts flying around  my head. 

Izzy, University of York

I have come away with a clearer focus of what I need to do to achieve my career goals.

Sarah, Graduate, University of York

The course file and notes is very useful as I can now go away and develop my thoughts further.

Katie, Graduate, University of York

The feedback and group sessions where we gave each other support and advice was very helpful.

Peter, Graduate, University of York

I have definitely benefited from the student and career management course which gave me a chance to examine my goals and make a commitment to achieve my goals. I would definitely recommend this course to others. 

Ian, MoD Reserve Army, Yorkshire Regiment

It was really helpful to discuss skills and habits by rating my success at present and understanding what I already do well and where I need to improve. 

Janice, University of York

I have re-evaluated my goals and have been given new ideas on how to achieve them. 

Peter, Graduate, University of York

The course was good and imaginative and the techniques used included nice variation.

Izzy, Graduate, University of York

The course gave me a clear picture of the future that I want to achieve and also the knowledge and tools to get by and progress in my chosen career.

Carol, University of York

Developing a 5 year plan was very good. It highlighted the importance of organising your thoughts for progression in life.

Izzy, Graduate, University of York

I really enjoyed today’s course. It certainly gave me something to think about.

Carol, Graduate, University of York

Excellent coaching seminar! I recommend it to everyone who wants to take lead over own career, discover strengths (mental, professional, as well as physical), areas of further development, be inspired and "identify your uniqueness."

Diana, Post Graduate Student, University of York

The session was beneficial because not often do we get to think about ourselves from this point of view.

Fiona, Biology Dept, York University

All of today I found really helpful and I learned lots toimplement in my work
 

Dave, Hull

The course gave me new ideas and great confidence in my work.
 

Chelsea, Hull

The course encouraged me to use tools for a structure approach to my work.
 

Steve, Hull

Everything was excellent - this course was a clear 10/10.
 

Gemma, Hull

All parts of the course increased my knowledge and the templates and hand-outs were really useful.

Matt, Hull

The tools I learned on the course where very useful and I intend to implement them in future work.
 

David, Hull

Today was excellent and I learned a lot. It was great for me.
 

Sarah, Hull

The session helped me to figure out what I want from life, it gave me a better understanding of job requirements and what I need to do to improve my standing in the job market.

Holly, Biology Dept, York University

The session and the activities that we completed helped me to figure out what I want from a career.

Adam, Biology Dept, York University

The session helped me to see what was important to me and how I could apply it in finding a career.

Rachel, Biology Dept, York University

The session helped me to understand the state of the job market and my own strengths and weaknesses.

Johnny, Biology Dept, York University

The session was very thought-provoking and useful.

Molly, Biology Dept, York University

Today was really interesting: thinking about my 'purpose in life' was helpful and in general thesession was great fun.

Kim, Biology Dept, York University

A really interesting and informative session
 

Paul, West Yorkshire

The information about planning and writing has given me confidence to complete tasks

Chris, Glasgow

It was really useful to listen to other people’s comments and experiences
 

Jessica, Hull

An excellent one day event
 

Susan, Hull

I can put into practice everything that I learned
 

Mandy, Hull

The course forced me to develop and implement a formal process which was brilliant

Marie, Lincolnshire

The course gave me confidence.

James, Hull

The course was interesting and informative

Gillian, Hull

The course gave me the opportunity to talk to others in the same position as myself

Duncan, Hull

The course was very informative and I will implement the tools that I learned

Sarah, Glasgow

 I found listening to the views of the other candidates to be very useful

Jennifer, Lincolnshire

The insight from Beverley was excellent and very useful to our needs
 

Richard, Lincolnshire

Everything on the course was relevant and it was presented to a very high standard

Alex, West Yorkshire

Blog

 

 

Making it count

Posted on: 2016-06-03 at 09:00

We’ve finally entered the summer season after what felt like a long winter. Fuelled by the positivity of sunshine and extended daylight, I want to explore the steps you can take to refresh your attitude towards your personal and professional goals.

Perhaps you’re a business owner or manager needing to make a step-change in performance, a student trying to make sense of the world of work for the first time – or you're preparing to retire and need to add colour and shape to this phase of your life.

Whatever your situation, I have suggestions for anyone encountering change in their lives. You’ll be amazed how taking the time to answer a few simple questions could start to transform your fortunes throughout this year and beyond.

Come on, be brave and take the first steps towards getting the life you want!

Beverley Varley, Founder, Life Transitions

A fresh impetus...

Summer's an inspiring time of year. Now that the clocks have gone forward, those extra hours of daylight encourage us to be more productive. We can feel inspired to make a difference to our own lives as well as those of the people who matter most to us.

As nature produces ever more vibrant displays, and new life abounds, we have the opportunity to take stock. We should feel inspired to review your ambitions and projects for this year, to ensure they happen.

It's worth remembering that you must have clear goals to have any chance of achieving them.

Do you know where you're headed?

Why not make this month the time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be?

When it comes to challenging yourself to grow and get the best out of your life or your business, there's no time like the present for self-reflection.

Fulfillment and success stem from having all elements of our life or business in harmony.

Start by asking yourself: are you contented with your lot? Or, if you’re honest, is there an area you’ve neglected?

If this exercise highlights some dissatisfaction, spend a few minutes exploring what went well and not-so-well for you up until this point.

Do this either in your head or on a piece of paper, whichever works best for you.

You should find it revelatory!

Time is precious - Are you spending yours wisely?

If modern life is characterised by one thing, it’s lack of time.

The demands of earning a living can overshadow what's most beneficial for us.

As human beings, we're programmed to be nurturers as well as hunter-gatherers. We get our greatest sense of wellbeing from being part of a clan, with all the emotional wealth that brings.

It’s therefore vital that our precious time is shared correctly between our relationships, our health and wellbeing and our need to earn a living. If this falls out of kilter, we won’t achieve our personal or business potential. More importantly, our mental health will suffer.

Take a few minutes to sketch out your personal pie chart including sections for work, friends and family, health and fitness and self-development. Decide which proportion each aspect of your life takes up now. Then consider what you'd like it to show.

Action! Planning for the life you want


We run workshops throughout the year on a range of topics, from making the most of your career, to adjusting to the world of work after graduating - and planning for retirement.

For details of our latest workshops, email us or call 0845 83 85 171.

Here to help

If you need to make a change but aren't sure what or how, why not get in touch?

We're offering a free, 30-minute personal review.

Just send us an outline of your situation, in no more than 200 words and we'll provide you with some ideas.

Do also drop us a line if you have any general questions, or would like to know what Life Transitions can do for you, or call 0845 83 85 171.

Bev's Coaching Blog

Posted on: 2015-11-30 at 12:00

Bev's Blog

Head and shoulders photo of Bev Varley  
   

Hi and welcome to my new blog - it's great to have you on board!

As a coach, I make it my life's work to help people understand and achieve their aspirations. I'm launching this new blog to extend that insight to more folk.

Today I'm taking a look at retirement planning. In future months, I'll be covering topics ranging from effective team building for businesses, to re-igniting your career post-redundancy.

I hope you find this and future editions inspirational - and please do let me have your comments and feedback!

Beverley Varley

 

Is financial planning for retirement a big fat red herring?

 
   
  • An estimated 12.5 million people have no financial plan in place for their retirement
  • People spend 80% more time planning their holidays than their retirement
  • 1 in 5 couples face arguments in retirement because they don’t discuss  their plans

These are just a few examples of the things I see bandied around, week by week. The race to get retirement ready is on. Such stark statistics contribute to the growing sense of urgency around the nation’s future planning.

Against this backdrop, most people would cite having enough money to manage as their biggest retirement fear.

Yet I see this as a huge red herring. Yes, cash is an important means to an end, and it’s vital to invest wisely and source the right advice to make it go as far as possible. However, working out what you’re going to do with it – and all your new-found free time - has to come first.

 

Time vs money

We've all heard the saying 'time is money'.

But where retirement’s concerned, money’s never as valuable as time. Too many of the pre-retirees I speak to don’t recognise this until it’s too late. If you asked most people what they’re most worried about when it comes to their retirement, they’d cite money.

However, this makes me want to throw my hands up in exasperation every time I hear it. This is because I know, in reality, that the biggest adjustment people actually face when they leave work is identifying what to do with the time they now have on their hands. This becomes a problem because they typically don’t devote enough energy to planning for that aspect of their retirement.

If not careful, this can lead to a downward spiral of disappointment, disillusionment, depression and even physical illness.

 

What gets you out of bed in a morning?

Lady grabbing for her alarm clock, getting ready to get out of bed  
   

Yet the way we spend our time defines us, gives purpose to our days, provides our social interactions – and gets us up, dressed and out of the house each day.

As with anything, if you don’t have a plan for your retirement, you’re definitely not going to achieve it. In this instance, that doesn’t mean a financial plan. 


Like it or not, we human beings are wired to be busy and active – relinquish that and we might as well curl up and die. It’s a fact that, motivated by the fear of not having enough resources, many people spend a lot of time and effort in their younger lives building up a wodge of cash for their retirements – and then die within five years of leaving work, without having a chance to spend it. 
This is because we need to feel we’re making a contribution, in order to stay healthy and happy.

That’s why I always encourage people to look on retirement as a beginning rather than an end, and consider how they’re going to squeeze the very most out of the time they have left, by doing more of the things they enjoy. After all, life expectancy continues to grow. A report published by the Office of National Statistics in October this year suggests that male babies born in 2030 will live to 85.7 on average, while for females it’s 87.6. This means that the retired phase could, in future, mark almost a third of many people’s lives.

 

Do you know what kind of retiree you'll be?

Here are a few questions that might help you strike the right planning balance between time and money.

  • Have you written your Bucket List? If not, why not capture all the things you’ve always dreamed of doing but never had the time?
  • Do you know what motivates you? Take a few minutes to map this out – understanding what makes you tick will help ensure you include the right things in your future plans
  • Have you thought how your retirement will impact on your family, and the role you want to play in their lives once you have more free time? Being clear on that will help strengthen these relationships while preserving your space to do your thing

If you could do with a little help with answering questions like these, our 'Planning the retirement you deserve' workshop could be perfect for you. For more details and booking information, visit [insert newsletter link]

 

Food for thought...

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - 'WOW - What a Ride!'

Anonymous

 

Why not get in touch?

If you’ve found inspiration in the above, keep an eye out for future blogs. To find out how Life Transitions can help you, call 0845 8385 171 or visit www.life-transitions.co.uk for more information.

Feedback from Student Taster Day

Posted on: 2013-04-06 at 12:00

Thanks to all of the University of York undergraduates and local sixth form students who made the recent Student and Graduate Taster Day such a success.

Here is just some of the feedback - please call Beverley Varley on 0845 8385 171 if you'd like to be similarly inspired...

  • The workshop has helped me to see some of the broader options available to me. I also got lots of thought and ideas from other graduates who have experienced what I am going through. Liam 6th Form student

 

  • I had an opportunity to share my own ideas of self-development and learn from other graduate’ experiences and how I can apply them to what I need  achieve. Diana, Graduate York University
     
  •  I developed greater awareness and an understanding of myself. Sarah, Graduate York University
     
  • Creating a structured  action plan at the end helped me to consolidate the dozens of thoughts flying around  my head. Izzy, York University
  • I have come away with a clearer focus of what I need to do to achieve my career goals. Sarah, Graduate York University
     
  • The course file and notes is very useful as I can now go away and develop my thoughts further. Katie, Graduate York University
     
  •  The feedback and group sessions where we gave each other support and advice was very helpful. Peter Graduate York University
     
  • I have re-evaluated my goals and have been given new ideas on how to achieve them. Peter, Graduate York University

     
  •  I have definitely benefitted from the student and career management course which gave me a chance to examine my goals and make a commitment to achieve my goals. I would definitely recommend this course to others. Ian, MoD Reserve Army, Yorkshire Regiment
     
  • It was really helpful to discuss skills and habits by rating my success at present and understanding what I already do well and where I need to improve. Janice, York University
     
  •  The course was good and imaginative and the techniques used included nice variation. Izzy, Graduate; York University
     
  •  Developing a 5 year plan was very good. It highlighted the importance of organising your thoughts for progression in life.  Izzy , Graduate York University

     
  •  The course gave me a clear picture of the future that I want to achieve and also the knowledge and tools to get by and progress in my chosen career. Carol, York University

     
  •  I really enjoyed today’s course. It certainly gave me something to think about.  Carol, Graduate York University