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Is 35 really the new ‘pre-midlife’ crisis? (1) Research released last week by Happiness Works (2) shows that we get progressively jaded as our careers progress - one in six British workers are unhappy at work by the time they reach their mid-thirties. So what can be done about it? ViewVo is an innovative new start up to help those wanting to change career – enabling people to connect with a mentor in their dream role and job shadow them at work. Thereby proving invaluable insight into what that role is really like before people invest in courses, qualifications or even property before realising the role is not what they imagined it to be.
Another survey by Robert Half UK (3) (a human resource firm), found that employees over 35 are twice as likely to be unhappy at work as millennials. The despairing thought that, ‘this is it’ for the rest of your working career - is there really no other option than to stay in a role you find uninspiring and unfulfilling?
There is another option! ViewVo fills the void outside of career coaches and courses promising the world. A completely unique and innovative solution to help people make more informed decisions. ViewVo founder, Lucy Standing (Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Vice Chair of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP)), suggests that; ‘Experiential learning - such as job shadowing, is the most powerful form of career change learning there is - it makes sense to apply it to one of the most important life decisions you'll make.’
In a survey undertook by ViewVo in May 2017, the biggest obstacles cited in changing career were: lack of confidence, change in finance, lack of skills and lack of knowledge. The majority of these can be addressed by job shadowing a vetted expert in your dream role – asking all those questions you have with no one to ask, gaining confidence that you can do this, understanding what the real financial constraints are likely to be and gaining invaluable insights into what working in that industry is really like.
ViewVo is a completely unique and innovative service. If you’re one of those 30-somethings in a job you hate, now could be the time to try something new - www.viewvo.com.
Notes to the editor:
ViewVo Founder: Lucy Standing, 07979608274, firstname.lastname@example.org
ViewVo Co-Founder: Deborah Joslin, 07974385692, email@example.com
ViewVo is an innovative start-up that helps people looking to change career by connecting them with a vetted mentor in their dream role. Rather than investing in a course, qualification or even property – before realising too late that the role is not what they thought – they can meet with someone successfully doing what they aspire to. Thereby gaining invaluable insight and knowledge to help them get to where they want to be.
All of ViewVo’s mentors are credible, professional, and successful. People can view their profiles and shadowing opportunities on our website, and then connect with them to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. We fully encourage all of our mentors to share both the positives and negatives of what their role is really like, to help people make a successful career transition.
ViewVo aims to help fight ageism in the workplace, and are strongly focused towards helping those 40 plus, mums (and dads) returning to work after a career break and anyone wanting to change career but have found conventional routes of career coaches and courses uninspiring and unfulfilling. ViewVo also enables our mentors to donate their fee to charity, so that they can give back whilst helping others.
ViewVo launched in February 2017. The founder is Lucy Standing - a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and Vice Chair of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP). The co-founder is Deborah Joslin a Business Psychologist, and Director Jonathan Barry, a career changer (and Lucy’s brother).
We strongly believe in ViewVo’s potential to help people make better career and lifestyle choices. Work is such an important part of what we do - and we believe it can add huge value to your life. Experiential learning - such as job shadowing, is the most powerful form of career change learning there is - so it makes sense to apply it to one of the most important life decisions people will make.
We need to make more people aware of who we are and what we offer, and would love to work with you to do so.