Personal Career Management: Breath of fresh air to a lightbulb moment


From a ‘breath of fresh air’ to a ‘lightbulb moment’ Women on Boards’ Personal Career Management program was a pivotal turning point for these recent graduates.


‘Confidence to strive for a goal’

Emma Tyler is a sourcing manager in the mining sector. She was one of 22 women who took part in WOB’s inaugural Personal Career Management (PCM) program in May to help her take control of her career.

“It was a breath of fresh air,” said Emma. “It was an amazingly supportive program where I could focus on what I want out of my career and how to get there." 

The six-week program consisted of eight virtual sessions and one face-to-face day in Sydney. Emma said she particularly enjoyed the Sydney session. “Working in a male dominated industry, it was so lovely being around such inspirational women. The course has made me focus on what I want, rather than what is available, and has given me confidence to strive for a goal.”

‘Paving the way’

Forensic accountant Danai Christelis chose to do the PCM course to explore future career options and said it was the “most valuable investment” of her time this year, giving her renewed confidence in her own potential.

“I have benefited both personally and professionally from the holistic approach to look deeply within and map out the road ahead for the next phase in my career journey,” Danai said. “It has definitely helped, by expanding my thinking and paving the way for the journey ahead.”

She particularly enjoyed the in-person session, specifically the presentation skills session with Mariette Rups-Donnelly and said she “benefited immensely” from the one-on -one coaching by her assigned mentor, Sheena Wilson.

“The structure of the course coupled with WOB’s supportive network of leading facilitators and participants provides the perfect platform for ambitious like-minded ladies to grow and succeed.”

‘Invaluable tools and resources’

Shobhar Nambiar works in community housing as a governance, risk and compliance manager and said through the six-week challenge, she felt empowered and confident to challenge her self-perception and to understand and believe in her brand.

She opted to do the PCM course to help her see clarity on the path to achieving her goals “It has led to positive change in my career: In my thought process, approach and mindset for now. I am confident I will find the path to get to my goals.”

Another participant said the course led to a ‘lightbulb moment’. “PCM was an intense fast paced learning with lots of invaluable tools and resources,” she said. “The culmination being the insightful comment from an executive senior leader: ‘you have been invisible’. This was a lightbulb moment. The acknowledgement in itself made me feel I was visible."

About the PCM program

Take a deep dive into the concept of personal career management and build capacity in the areas of leadership, communication and influencing with this practical, strategic and well resourced WOB program.

Our Personal Career Management program will develop your understanding around what counts in managing your career from a strategic perspective, how to exercise influence and why you need self-awareness and clarity around your career narrative. It supports you to dig deep to align your passion and purpose with your career plan.

Offered as a hybrid program, two days face-to-face and four virtual sessions, Personal Career Management is highly interactive and features a suite of templates, tools and approaches that can be applied wherever you are on your career journey.

PCM is suited to:

  • women who have been passed over for advancement due to a perception they are 'not ready' or are 'not strategic enough';
  • women stuck in general or mid-level management roles who need to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into more senior roles; and
  • senior and executive leaders who are seeking to understand how to plan their way to board and committee roles.

Want to find out more?

We have a Personal Career Management Information Session on Tuesday 31 January Find out how our Personal Career Management program can support you to think critically and strategically about your career and build your 'plan on page.' Hear from main program presenters, Claire Braund and Sheena Wilson. Ask questions to determine if the program is the right fit for you?

  • REGISTER for the Information Session on 31 January 2023 HERE
  • REGISTER for the next PCM Program starting 4 April 2023 HERE
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