Leaders, Leadership Development, Confidence, Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, Coaching, Executive Career Management.                      Online Coaching & Training: Dr Sue Mitchell MAC MPSA, Aeona Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Take Control and future-proof your Career
--- prepare for promotion AND your ideal work/life balance

Open event: Sat 29 June 2019. Edinburgh. 10 places. Book early to avoid disappointment and get the Early Bird rate.

How can you future-proof your career in today's fast-paced and increasingly automated world? Now called the 4th Industrial Revolution, AI and technology are contributing to disruptive business models that are transforming industries and increasing automation of roles at all levels, even very senior roles to some extent. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2022, thatís just in 3 years time, no less than 54% of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling.

What does that mean for you and your career? Whoís responsible for you to get those skills? Do you leave it to your organisation and employer to provide, or do you seek out upskilling for yourself, and if so what kind of upskilling is the best option for you in line with your own aspirations, values and preferred life-style? Do you want to have more control over your career and future opportunities? There is no right answer Ė itís a personal choice. What do you choose?


The pace of change is so fast that itís easy to fall behind. This Fourth industrial revolution is sometimes called the Age of Tech and AI, so when it comes to reskilling and upskilling, many people think about gaining proficiency in new technologies, or at least understanding them sufficiently to manage people who use them.

However, itís also called the Age of Human because Tech harnessed well means that life should be more convenient and your work more effective. The machines replace the drudgery and repetitive tasks and make more time for you to focus on the parts of your role where you interact with other people, the human side of your work. For example, technology enables remote and flexible working where your team may be spread around the globe and fit working hours around essential family commitments. Yet to be truly effective and perform highly as a cohesive team, every team member's human skills become more important to create the sense of trust, belonging and pulling together that you can generate when you meet in person. This is just one example of how increasing automation makes your human skills more important.


Three things the World Economic Forum recommends you can do to future proof your career and prepare for the digital future, which this programme can help you to clarify and put in place for your own career.

  • Follow your passions and work to your strengths. Doing something you love helps you excel, which gives you an edge over others with similar skills. How well are you working to your strengths already? How well can you articulate the value you deliver as a result? This programme will help you do more of this.
  • To thrive in a world of machines, ďDo what machines canít do well. Work with them, donít compete with them.Ē
  • Make sure you have human skills to prosper - invest in interpersonal skills, teamwork and leadership. These are hard to develop and will last you a lifetime, no matter how fast-paced the change. This programme will help you identify which skills you most want to focus on, drawing on your strengths to take your career in the direction that will bring you long-term fulfilment and satisfaction.

Purpose for 'Take Control of Your Career'

Identify the direction you want to lead your career in line with your aspirations, values and desired balance in life, and plan how you will do it while remaining open and prepared for new possibilities that arise so you can be adaptable and resilient to change. Read what people say about it here.


Why is it important to have a strategy for your career?

Why should you be concerned about taking control of your career? Because it is your career. If you don’t take responsibility for the success of your career, then who will? Besides, considering all the time and energy you spend at work, why not ensure you get maximum satisfaction from your work and career. Most people spend most of their life working, which looks set to last even longer as the retirement age continues to rise.

Planning your career does not mean the outcome is set in stone because we can’t predict the future. Your personal aspirations can change and new opportunities that we can’t imagine now become possible when we reach a few steps along the plan. Making time now to know 1) what is important to you; 2) your strengths and what brings you fulfilment and happiness; and 3) what you would love to do, achieve and leave as your legacy during your career, means you can make the best career decisions when unexpected opportunities arise.

Surveys show that relatively few people are satisfied with their jobs and up to a half of employees are seriously considering leaving their jobs and are apathetic or unhappy at work (numerous Gallup surveys and others). That’s a lot of people not enjoying their work, which is not only an undesirable state to be in, but studies have shown that low job satisfaction can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing, and raise stress. It is bad not just for you and your career, but also for your organisation.

Another study showed that women tend to wait until they are 100% sure of getting the job or promotion before applying while men will more often take a chance at an earlier stage, even when they have only 50% chance of getting it.

Early applications bring you the advantage that even if you don’t get it, you should get feedback on where you already meet the grade and what you can do to raise other factors of your experience and knowledge to meet the criteria. Additionally, it can bring you to the attention of senior decision makers as well as making your aspirations clear to your own manager, which means they could consider you to take on unadvertised projects which help you gain the experience you need for a formal promotion. The financial impact of achieving a higher salary sooner is compounded by being higher not just once, but for all the years you continue at that grade. It makes possible further promotions at an earlier stage, with additional compounding effects of raised income.

Read more about the benefits of investing in your development here.

You can gain these advantages when you think about what you’d like to achieve during your career, how to work to your strengths, and raise your confidence and overall mental strength to embrace challenges and find opportunities.


  • Clarity about your priorities in life and your personal career vision.
  • Improve work-life balance, peace of mind, wellbeing and fulfilment.
  • Make informed choices regarding your career / life direction and leadership decisions.
  • Clear next steps to take to advance your career.
  • A variety of possibilities to move forward.
  • Better quality use of time.
  • Raise your performance and fulfilment by focusing on talents and working to strengths
  • Recognise and articulate your strengths and achievements with high credibility. One of the reasons people don’t succeed in interviews is because they find it very difficult to talk about these with grounded confidence so that other people fully believe in them.
  • Clarify and articulate your value. What is your edge? What do you bring to work that is valuable to others? How do you make a difference?
  • Identify how to manage up and improve the quality of your relationship with your manager.
  • Reduce career risk.


This intensive and transformational programme includes:

  • Highly interactive group coaching approach where we introduce thought provoking tools and exercises to help you develop your thoughts, working individually, in pairs and as a whole group. The open programme may be run over one day at a weekend or four 1.5hr sessions during an evening, over four weeks.
  • Pre-course work: tools and resources that start you thinking about your personal values, what is important in your life, what brings you fulfilment in work and your goals.
  • Bonuses for the open programme on 29th July 2019
    • MTQ Plus for building mental strength, resilience and adaptability during these times of transformational change. This is one of the key skills that the World Economic Forum identified as critical for future-proofing your career.
    • A session on managing up. How often do you hear that people join an organisation but leave their manager? The relationship you have with your manager is one of the most important in your career and there is an art to making it work well for both of you.
  • Continue raising your self-knowledge after the day event and/or between weekly sessions: flesh out the exercises and take the actions you identified during the event.
  • Email and brief phone call support over the next 3 months with additional resources as are relevant for you, to help you implement your plan.
  • Read what people say about Take Control of Your Career here.

Sat 29th June 2019 - Special Open Programme

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Melville Castle, this event creates an inspiring retreat-like atmosphere for you to identify and plan how you want to direct your career. Melville Castle is a luxury location just outside Edinburgh with ample free car parking onsite and is accessible by public transport.

The three month programme starts with a one-day group coaching style masterclass followed up by email support for you to implement your ideas and plans. There are only 10 places available to ensure you get personal attention and a great experience that will shape your future as you want it to be.

Programme: Registration 9:30am for 10am start. Finish 4pm.
Includes Refreshments, including coffee/teas and a buffet style lunch.
Includes all materials including pre-event tools, MTQ Plus questionnaire and personal development report and masterclass workbooks, and follow-up support with additional resources as relevant for you.

Book your place for Sat 29th June 2019 here

Places are limited – group size is restricted to only 10 people. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Open Programme £375 + VAT = £450 per person
Early Bird rate £300 + VAT = £360 per person for the first six places booked before 30th May 2019.
Group discount for 2 or more: Attend with colleagues or friends and you all get 10% off.
**For more than two people, book via email. See below.
Take Control of Your Career 3 Month programme
Your name (booker)
Second person's name

**If you have more than two people, or prefer to pay individually or by bank transfer instead of online by credit card, please email sue@aeona.co.uk to book your place. (Before 30 May to get Early Bird Rate).

Can't make Sat 29th June? Register your interest for an open programme in the form below
or email info@aeona.co.uk or call 01875 830708 or 07809 672859


Take Control of Your Career is usually run in-house supporting organisational leadership programmes and staff development as a half-day masterclass. Please contact Dr Sue Mitchell on the email/phone numbers above to discuss in-house programme delivery.




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What people said about recent Take Control of your Career Masterclasses

“The workshop really makes you think about your strengths and how you can turn barriers to career progression into strengths by means of short activities that step by step dig deeper. It was very relevant and personal, not just general advice you’ve heard 100s of times. Sue made time to get to know your story and therefore was able to make relevant personal suggestions. I found it very useful to uncover my strengths and dislikes based on my career highs and lows. The whole workshop had a good flow and pace. I believe the low number of participants is a benefit as we discovered similar experiences. I made three decisions to change around setting priorities and boundaries, not working on email at home where it destroys life balance and to enjoy the moment.”


“I liked the opportunity to chat and the feedback given by Sue. She created a supportive atmosphere and new outlook on prospects. I will speak to my manager about development opportunities and re-think my attitude to my own skills.”


“I liked Sue’s way of explaining things and relating things back to each participant’s own/original communication. Great analogies. I gained huge benefit. I will now attempt to reconnect to my values and beliefs and attempt to visualise the next few years. Sue helps to empower yourself in such a short period of time.”


“Sue used inspiring examples from her own experience. The group discussions and sharing experiences with the others worked well for me. It helped me change my mindset and feel more positive about future career opportunities. It felt easy to share feelings and personal experiences.”


“It was very useful to self-reflect and find out my own strengths, so I can take more advantage of my strengths and see the opportunities. As there is a small group, all exercises were with personalised examples and applied to individual situations.”


“Workbook is excellent. Good opportunity to reflect and I will now think differently about managing expectations and the future.”


“Most useful elements included learning to recognise day to day achievements; the STARS method to articulate my achievements and strengths and the exercise on how satisfied I feel in personal and work life. I will now be more confident in going for promotions.”


“Helped me to think about my skills and attributes and how to put these forward at interview. I found it useful to realise that you can plan your career and be more proactive rather than reactive, so you can be ready for new opportunities. I will now think more about what I want to do and plan ahead.”


“What will I do differently now? Take time to think about my career and my personal vision for my future – especially what do I want it to be and how can I get there. I found it particularly useful to reflect on current status, the importance of focusing and realising I can take time to think about the future. Sue was good at explaining materials and concepts we were working on.”


“I liked the opportunity for self-reflection, seeing that you are not defined by your past or negatives, and talking through responses to exercises with others. I will now start planning for what I want to do and look for opportunities that let me develop areas where I want to progress and expand / change my current role.”


“I liked the elements around managing expectations and how to gain clarity and focus. I will now bring this approach towards managing my manager and expectations for my team.”


“It was a useful opportunity to reflect on thoughts and actions relating to career goals and values.”


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Achieve more, make changes and be more successful:
Contact Sue at Aeona today for a no obligation, confidential discussion.

Tel: 01875 830708
Mobile: 07809 672859
email: info@aeona.co.uk



"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." Dale Carnegie

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