Up until August 2014, I was a research scientist, working in a laboratory and studying the molecular mechanisms underlying cell growth and division – a career that my 18 years of education and training had perfectly prepared me for. I’m now a project leader at a publishing company, editing, proofreading and writing a variety of materials, and helping to train other members of staff – a career that I have no formal qualifications or training for. How did all this come about in the last four and a half years?
It is easy to think of coaching as much the same thing as training. However, think of trains and coaches. Trains run on tracks and can go only along a specific route to a predetermined destination. Coaches can go almost anywhere there is a road, follow diversions at a moment’s notice and take you on a mystery tour.
I begin writing this as the newest staff member at Prepress Projects, just 1 month after I started. I graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2017 with a degree in Molecular Biology. Next, I decided to start a PhD in a different field – proteomics in microbiology. For many reasons I made the difficult decision to leave this project, which meant I had to seriously think about my career path.