Siobhán has over 25 years’ experience working in large organisations in New York, London and Dublin, across many different industry sectors including Investment Banking, Financial Services, Aerospace, Recruitment and Not-for- Profit. Her coaching integrates her vast experience in people and change management, enabling clients to set and achieve meaningful personal and professional goals.
Siobhán’s signature strength is her ability to connect with clients at a heart level, working with the whole person in order to help them find clarity and a deep sense of meaning. This enables leaders in organisations at all levels to find the motivation they need to realise their full potential. At an organisational level, she supports leaders charged with managing change and improving performance through authentic leadership and team development. Passionate about loving Monday’s she also specialises in career transition and personal empowerment.
Coaching specialties’ include:
- Aligning personal and professional goals to enhance performance
- Leadership & Team development
- Change management
- Personal empowerment
- Enhancing motivation
- Self-Awareness and Confidence
- Career development and transition
1. Tell us about you and your current role. My name is Siobhan Fitzpatrick, I’m a CareerTransition Coach and People Connector. Had I chosen the path once offered to me many years ago, I would now be living in L.A. having kissed Rhet Butler in the sequel of ‘Gone With The Wind’ as the wonderful Scarlett O’Hara! Instead I choose to work in a diverse group of global organisations, across many different industry sectors, gathering vast experience in people and change management. I’m on my third career, living in my fourth country, doing what I love and loving what I do.
2. Did you always have a structured career path? No I definitely did not 🙂 Actually when I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do (much to my parents frustration). I tried various lines of work but it was while I was doing some part time work (to support my regular income) that I found my first true passion (Event Management) and was fortunate enough to work in that career for 25yrs. However that ended when I felt I wasn’t adding value in what I did. The challenge then was discovering what else I could do as I knew nothing else (or so I thought)! With the help of a Career Transition Coach I found my next career and that is connecting people to their own true purpose.
3. Are you where you thought you’d be? Again the answer to this has to be no, as I had no plan to be here but am I happy with where I am? Yes definitely. I believe in trusting the opportunities that present themselves to you but never the less, I have learnt along the way that you must plan for what you want and where you want to get to, otherwise how do you know when you get there?
4. What has been your greatest career challenge? It was when I fell out of love with the career I’d known for 25yrs and had no clue what I was going to do next, because all I knew was what I’d been doing for all that time. And that feeling of thinking that this was it, I’d have to stick with the career I no longer enjoyed was depressing and quite frightening. The greater challenge was trying to figure out all on my own what else I could do – that was my first valuable lesson: it’s okay to ask for help.
5. Who is your greatest female inspiration? There are a few women who inspire me for various reasons: Audrey Hepburn for her poise and integrity / Oprah Winfrey for her drive and determination to be the best version of herself and Rhonda Byrne, Author of ‘The Secret’for her continued gift to the human race to reach for the stars.
6. What advice would you give to your younger self? Create and live your own dreams and not those of others.
7. Qualification vs Cultural fit – which wins out? In my opinion Personality / Cultural fit wins out. You can learn skills on the job.
8. What is the number one piece of advice you would give to anyone preparing for an interview? Understand your motivation for wanting the role/job.
9. What is the greatest challenge facing women today, in your opinion? Misconception on gender balance. Women have worked hard to earn their place around the table, not because they’re women but because they are qualified and capable of doing the job at hand. So when I hear of companies filling ‘their quota’ in regards to gender balance it frustrates me. It does both everyone a disservice.
10. The most valuable lesson you have learnt? That it’s okay to ask for help.
11. What do you look for when you’re hiring? As a solopreneur I don’t necessarily hire people however I do engage suppliers/providers for my businesses and what I look for are people who are looking to be the best they can be for themselves, looking to push themselves to do their best. That way we both succeed.
12. What’s your favourite quote? Create value before you extract it.
13. What would you gift yourself to impact your future? Engaging a coach to help me achieve my goals and aspirations. That’s a winner every time 🙂
Business and Career Transition Coach