Just for fun, I thought I would turn the interview spotlight onto my Relaunch Your Career “partner in crime”, career coach Dana Hughes. Here is what she said!
- What did you want to do when you left school?
I wanted to be a teacher or a psychologist. I am driven, and always have been, to understand how people function and ways to get from here to there.
- What was your first job?
Very first job ‘real’ job was as a teacher in an inner city school in Melbourne. It was fantastic and delivered all that I had imagined teaching would be. Spontaneous and feisty students, a supportive staff of whom many are still friends and some wonderful stories of antics and mishaps of students and teachers alike. After 10 years I woke one morning knowing my time as a teacher was done. It was like a switch had been flicked and I no longer found the dramas of adolescents endearing. It was time to leave.
- What are you doing now?
Career coach, facilitator and project manager and would be author.
- What has been you darkest career moment? How did you get out of it?
I have the strongest memory on the eve of a new school term. I was working as a teacher, because I had not been brave enough to say “I’m done”- I was attached to school holidays etc. Anyway, there I was, lamenting about my lot in life. All I wanted to do was run away and blame anyone I could. I can still hear my partner saying “What would Dana say to you right now?” … A moment to walk my talk … and I did. I resigned and took a job as a waitress ready to regroup and reinvent.
- Who / what has been your greatest influence in your career?
There have been a number of significant moments and people in my career some as mentors others as reminders of what not to be and then there have been moments that brought epiphanies
- As a new teacher I have the good fortune to have a supervisor who taught me about the value of being professional
- Travelling around the world on my own for many months realising that I was a good judge of character and I could survive
- Moving often and the need to reinvent myself to meet the situation
- What has surprised you or have you learnt in your working life?
I often stop and question how I got here – to have crafted a career that allows me to do most of the things I love. Teaching, coaching, creating and inventing new ways BUT none of it in a way that I had imagined at 21. I remember a lecturer at Uni telling me I had a talent for creating fun ways to learn new things and that’s how I approach what I do – make it a game or adventure and see how it unfolds.