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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



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


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

News & Blog


Welcome to our November Life Transitions newsletter

Head and shoulders photo of Beverley Varley  

Misty mornings, sparse daylight and jewel coloured leaf-fall are now firmly upon us. The transitioning of the seasons towards winter is gathering pace. All of which is a timely reminder of the constant change in our own lives.

Whatever turn your destiny is taking at this poignant time of year, I hope you'll find some useful inspiration and food for thought below.

Life Transitions is committed to enabling individuals and businesses to achieve their potential - by offering expert coaching on everything from employability and team building, to retirement preparation.

Do also drop me a line if you have any questions, or would like to know what Life Transitions can do for you at info@life-transitions.co.uk

Beverley Varley


Have you planned for the retirement you deserve?

• When will I be able to retire?
• How will I occupy my time when I finish working?
• What if I’m lonely?
• Will I have enough money to last me for the rest of my life?
• How will my partner and I get on, when we have more time together?

Few of us will face a bigger change in our lives than retiring from work, and these are just a few of the questions I hear asked on a regular basis.

Earning a living represents a major element of most of our lives. Take it away and logic dictates we must fill the gap it leaves with something else.

Even if we’ve longed for our freedom from the daily grind, stopping work sheds new light on everything – from our relationships to our finances, our hobbies and our basic sense of self worth.

Not only that, but with the new pensions freedoms announced earlier this year giving us more control over our retirement savings, and changes to the State retirement age meaning many of us will need to work for longer than anticipated, we’re facing greater uncertainty than ever over this phase of our lives.

Yet despite this – and the fact that growing life expectancy means retirement could represent a third of our time on this planet– a worrying number of us don’t plan ahead for it.

As a coach, I passionately believe that this is something that has to change, which is why we’re  doing our bit to make that happen.

Retirement planning will be a major workshop theme for us throughout the coming year, starting with our 'Planning the Retirement You Deserve' workshop, a one-day pre-retirement seminar, taking place at The Da Vinci Suite, The Catalyst, University of York, on Monday 7 December.

During this session, we’ll be helping individuals and couples to visualise the retirement they want, and instilling the courage and self-awareness they need to turn it into a reality.

Tickets for the day, which runs from 9am to 5pm and includes lunch and refreshments, cost £250 +VAT per person, or £450 +VAT for a couple. Register your interest herehttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/retirement-workshop-december-2015-tickets-14500584639

Places are limited to ensure vibrancy, focus and enough time to work through your individual plans. So, if you would like to add a new clarity and vigour to your retirement preparations in 2016 and beyond, make sure you don’t miss out on a place!

If you can't make it this time, we’ll be running additional sessions on the first Friday of each month from January onwards. To register your interest in attending one of these sessions – which will be taking place in Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield, drop me a line at http://info@life-transitions.co.uk


Helping you find your answers - introducing my new blog


Coaching people to achieve their best, both personal and professional, is my life’s work.

I derive my own inspiration and energy from unveiling potential and witnessing the transformation which occurs in people’s thinking whenever we run a workshop.

I’ve always thought it would be fantastic to share the love with others ‘outside the room’, which is why I’m biting the bullet and launching my Life Transitions coaching blog. In the first instalment, I take a more in-depth look at retirement, the kinds of questions it raises and some ideas for how to not just cope but flourish amid what lies ahead. Keep a look out for our blog on our website. 


Techstyle Europe's smashing team alignment session

The team lined up with their desires boards at the Life Transitions alignment session  

One of the most powerful aspects of our work at Life Transitions, is supporting companies in getting the best from their talented employees. That’s just what we did recently, with a team building day for Techstyle UK.

Established in 2005, Techstyle Europe Ltd is experiencing a period of strong growth. Against this backdrop, business owner Nathan Gilbert recognised the need to galvanise the raw talent which exists within his young, driven team.

October’s session at the KP Club in Pocklington involved Nathan outlining his vision of the future, a detailed look at team members’ individual aspirations and the emotive breaking of their ‘desires and fears boards’. This activity signalled their commitment to building on the learnings of the day to support the company’s growth.

Nathan said: “It was an incredible day. My business is moving from adolescence to maturity, and with that comes the need for strategic clarity, a strong and bought in team, and investment in my people and their potential.

“The October session brought all of those things. I was amazed by the power generated in that room by a packed day of learning and experiential activities, and have been blown away by the enthusiasm and drive my team have shown since.”

To find out how we can help inspire your employees to drive forward your business’s corporate goals, call 0845 8385 171 and visit http://www.life-transitions.co.uk for more information.

Our Latest Newsletter

Posted on: 2015-02-25 at



2014 was a very exciting year for us! We're feeling reassured by our achievements and are filled with positive energy for the year ahead and all it holds.  Read on to find out more about some of our exciting new projects for 2015 and insights into managing your New Year’s resolutions for success!


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Season's Greetings

Posted on: 2013-12-19 at 14:10

It’s hard to believe that another year is almost over and we’d like to thank all of our clients and colleagues for making this another bumper year. In our latest newsletter, we report on the importance of New Year goal setting, how our intern's experience has helped shape her CV and exciting news about our new Career Development Programme.

Click on the link to view the newsletter in full.

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If you don't know where you are going, how are you going to achieve your life ambitions?

Posted on: 2013-12-18 at 17:00

It's the time of the year when we start to appraise what's good and not so good about our lives and how we plan to do things differently next year. For many people, professional and or personal goal setting is an integral way of helping them to move closer to their ambitions. In the first of a series of articles about goal setting, we will explain why setting goals is so crucial to our personal and professional success and how to create goals that will inspire and motivate us to make 2014 our best year yet;

Goals help us to achieve our ambitions
If we don't know where you are going, how are we going to get there? Unless we have a clear idea of what our ambitions look like, they will always be difficult to achieve.  Setting realistic goals will help to give clarity to our ambitions and give us the motivation to drive them forward – giving you purpose.

Goals help to narrow our focus 
We may have lots of ideas about what we’d like to achieve in 2014, but as with most things, we need to prioritise to make our ambitions achievable.  Goal setting helps us to focus on what’s really important and to create a measurable action plan – giving you direction.
Goals make us accountable
Once we have committed our goals to paper and shared them with colleagues, family and friends, we will be more inclined to follow them through and to take the actions that will make them achievable – giving you commitment and daily inspiration. 
Goals help you to get the best out of life and in the next post, we will share our top tips about how to set goals.
By Beverley Varley

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Retirement – the woman’s perspective

Posted on: 2013-10-08 at 11:21

Have you ever wondered why, although divorce overall has become less common, the rate of break-ups among the ‘silver separators’ has soared in the past ten years? The proportion of couples splitting up in their 60s increased by 58 per cent between 2010 and 2011 and is forecast to rise further according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

You would think that, if you’ve weathered the storms of decades of marriage and raising a family, there could be few more challenges that life could throw at you..... but then Retirement comes along.

For the homemaking housewife who has enjoyed the freedom and solitude of an empty house whilst her husband or partner is out at work, suddenly having someone ‘in your space’ 24/7 can take some getting used to.

We recently conducted some video interviews to illustrate the ways that change affects people differently depending on their lifestage and one of the interviewees was Jenny, wife of recently retired Tony.

Whilst stating that they didn’t quite reach ‘divorce statistic stage’, she admitted that it had taken a few years for them both to adjust to the transition and to find an equitable and enjoyable way to spend their retirement.

She offers the following tips for people approaching their spouse’s retirement;

1. Discuss what expectations you both have from retirement in terms of recreation, finances etc well in advance of the retirement date.  Consider talking to a change management expert to help you to manage the transition, if necessary.

2. You need to work at your post retirement relationship by learning to become a couple again whilst each retaining the independence that you have nurtured over the years.  

3. Respect each other’s space  

4. Have separate interests as well as enjoying shared activities.

5. Don’t lose touch with your friends

6. Keep busy – ensure that you have events and activities planned on a semi-regular basis

7. Make time for each other

8. Make the most of this new found time together.  The pressures of work have gone, so relish the opportunity to stay up late or enjoy a lie in!

9. Ensure that you develop some kind of routine –not necessarily a strict routine, but one that gives your life some structure – night classes, U3A, salsa etc.

10. Live today as if it’s your last, but do temper this with some future planning – the holiday of a lifetime, time with children and grandchildren, a big anniversary...

In hindsight, Jenny said that many of the challenges that they faced in the first few years could have been mitigated had they been better prepared for the change and urges people to consider talking to a change management expert to help manage this vital transition. Had they anticiapted and embraced the challenges of transition earlier, they would have been able to reap the rewards of their well earned retirement several years before they actually did.

Keep checking the website as we will upload the video footage that gave rise to this blog. 

By Beverley Varley, Life Transitions

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