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Career Advisor Profile – Dale Simpson

Career Advisor Profile – Dale Simpson

Could you tell us more about yourself?

In my current role as Managing Director of Bravo Consulting Group we work with companies and universities in providing services in Human Resource Management with a key emphasis upon Career and Leader Development.  Our services include Performance and Talent Management along with Career Transition.  We work with people at all levels from Front-Line through to Directors.  Good practice demands that we are role models, which means that the consultants at Bravo spend time working for various community organisations.

How many years have you been a career advisor?

I have done a lot of work in the corporate space, including 15 years in career management, with another 15 years working in Learning and Development. Tertiary education is important having completed postgraduate studies in Career Development.

Why did you decide to become a career advisor?

I wanted to bring to bear in one role all of the skills from previous roles with the promise of lifelong learning in a career that really does make a difference to others.

What sets you apart from other career advisors?

We work at all levels in this industry and practice our craft daily.  More importantly we have career plans.

What is your approach to career development?

Our approach is as facilitator; after all it is not my career.  Our clients say we work them very hard, much like a track and field coach.  I do not collude with my clients as their choice to see me is about them becoming their best.

What single event had the most impact on your career?

Not an event, rather an experience.  My father was a great role model.  As a farmer he loved what he did.  It was intrinsic to his being.  As a child I thought I want what he has.

How do you stay up to date with new trends?

I travel the world, working in several countries in a wide variety of organisations and with rich and varied clients.  This allows me to learn how to dance to different cultural tunes.  In addition to this I study and read almost constantly. 

What trend do you think will have most impact on your work in the future?

Technology and the possibilities and expectations this creates.

How is the current economic situation impacting on your career advisory work?

It has created the opportunity for us to become global. We are a leading niche provider in India, South East Asia and Oceania.

Are you starting to see more people thinking of making a career change?

No more than in the past. Our clients have tended to review their careers based on their personal situation and environmental circumstances.

What advice would you offer someone that is stuck in their career?

Think less about the question “what do I want to do?” and spend more time on “who am I?”  Look for patterns and themes that may be present in your life’s journey and the part you have played in this.  Keep your curiosity alive, ask questions, seek information and get advice from people.

What career advice would you offer to job seekers not to do?

Don’t apologise for where you have been or are, and don’t use your resume as the first line of communication.  Meet with people first and develop meaningful relationships.

If you had to start your career over again, what would you do differently?

Get a career coach earlier on.

What are your career goals?

To live more fully in and through what I do.

Anything else you would like to share?

Life is about graciousness – learning how to receive and understanding how this act honours the ones that give.

 

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