Carla Finch-Daniels

Education Funding Agency

A little over a year ago I enrolled onto the Crossing Thresholds programme. My confidence has increased dramatically; I know what I want from my career; I’ve changed job role on promotion; I have a better work-life balance and I’ve made some fantastic friends and networks. But this isn’t only about gaining promotion or changing roles – it impacts on your life in and outside of the workplace.

Having a mentor is really beneficial in providing you with impartial advice, as well as supportive and constructive challenge. They can also offer you contacts where you wouldn’t otherwise have them and can extend offers of shadowing. 

The most important thing I took away from this course was the recognition that the greatest barrier to getting what you want out of life is you. Module 1 focuses on setting your career goal and the facilitators were great in challenging and identifying why we had delayed applying for posts or changing careers. It became apparent that there was nothing stopping me but my own unfounded fear and lack of confidence. Once I acknowledged this, I embraced the course with more enthusiasm because I knew the only person who could change my life was me.