"I came to the Firework programme after having been working in environment conservation for more than 20 years. I had also finished a Master's in Environment and Development, which I thought was going to help me better define my career path. However, all the different career choices that opened up to me, left me more confused as to what was the career path I wanted to follow. I had the blessing of coming across the Firework career-coaching programme with Helen Collins, who helped me identify exactly what I was good at and what are my real passions to combine all these in a career vision and direction that I would have never considered. Helen’s commitment to help me define a vision that was true to my values and passions; together with her knowledge of how to steer my journey of discovery, finally led me to that Eureka moment of knowing exactly what I wanted to do. And thanks to that, I can now make it happen. Thank you Helen for giving me the gift of vision!" Anon
"Having reached a seemingly exhaustive point in my management career, I managed to take the plunge and begin a career break without having any clear idea of how I would determine what could be my next career stage, which I was determined would be personally rewarding for me. I was recommended Helen to provide me with career coaching and was delighted to find her knowledge, expertise and style provided in a structured and tailored approach to be a mind opening experience, enabling me to switch from looking back and fixating on regrettable career decisions to having a positive future mindset able to explore a wide range of career possibilities founded on a strong base of determining and understanding my most important values and being able to articulate my Ideal Working Day. Helen's coaching has been an invaluable experience during a challenging period of my life, being able to help me to unblock my thinking and get creative with career possibilities, effectively equipping me with tools and techniques invaluable for continuing my career success for many years to come, I'm sure." Anon
"As with many events in life, the significance of some of the people we meet along the way only reveals itself in the full passage of time. In this particular instance, I don’t surmise it would be too premature of me to declare that Helen will be remembered in my own personal history as having been a major catalyst for positive change…
Our paths crossed during an extended period of introspection for me. Having drifted somewhat aimlessly for a few years, after having become completely disillusioned with modern life. Taking my hand, metaphorically speaking, Helen led me on a wonderful journey of self-discovery; one which still leaves me absolutely amazed by its indubitable magic. Career coaching with Helen is a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting ride; one you can look back on and simply know it was during this time you gained the deepest insight into what truly motivates and drives you. Another upside to the coaching is that its field of influence extends into every waking moment; not just career concerns. I can honestly say I looked forward to every single session I had with Helen… so much so that they were the absolute highlight of my week.
Using an almost mystical blend of her empathy, uncanny insight, active listening skills, commonsense and hard-earned proficiency, Helen will help you reveal what work and career path will truly make you happy. What Helen has helped me uncover has genuinely surprised me, but I know it is absolutely right for me because it came from within. Taking my first few tentative steps toward a bright new future, one that makes me feel genuinely excited about the new road ahead, I am never going to be able to extend enough gratitude toward Helen for helping me arrive at this juncture… I just wish I had come across her and the Firework coaching she proffers when I was school leaving age.
It is said that people are with us for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. After everything Helen has helped me realise about myself and what I would most like to do with my life, a big part of me hopes that she will be with me for at least a good part of the latter. Truly an Angel on my shoulder…" Anon
"Helen is a supportive, insightful and highly professional careers and transitions coach, and I feel very fortunate to have been guided through the Firework programme by her. In a relatively short period of time, Helen helped me to clearly define my values, strengths and motivations (among other things), and set me on the path to ensuring that my future career choices will be fulfilling, both professionally and personally. The time commitment for the Firework programme is very small compared to the enormous benefits that it can bring, and Helen's personable and encouraging style makes it a thoroughly enjoyable process, too. I would highly recommend Helen as a coach." Anon