Career in the Spotlight: Jo Tocher, Holistic Stress Therapist

Jo TocherThis week I spoke to Jo, who has had, in her own words, a changing and evolving career. Here she tells us about how reading an article in a magazine changed her career direction for good, and the importance of going with your gut instinct.

Jo grew up in New Zealand, and had a dream to be a nurse, following in her Grandmother’s footsteps. When she didn’t get the grades she wanted, she was pretty devastated, but instead did a secretarial course, studied hotel management at night school and earned enough money, working in a law firm, to buy herself a ticket to the UK. She left aged 21, and after a period of temping and travelling around Europe, spent the next 6 years working summer seasons in Greece as a tour operator and rep, mixed with winters spent working at ski resorts, and on cruise ships in the Caribbean.

When she was in her late 20s, Jo questioned whether she wanted to be doing this for the rest of her life and wondered whether it was time to get a ‘proper’ job. She returned to the UK and worked in the city, which she enjoyed but found the corporate world exhausting. Wanting to start a family, she felt it best to leave that environment and started temping.

What was the article that helped change your career direction?

I read an article in a magazine about this woman who had studied aromatherapy at the Tisserand Institute, and as I was reading through it was if it was me, as I going yes, that’s me that’s how I feel, that is what happened to me, tick, tick, tick the whole way through. And you know, the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you think I am absolutely going to do this. Continue reading

Career in the Spotlight: Jonnie Fielding (37), Tour Guide

JonnieThis week I interviewed Jonnie, who runs his own walking tours in London. Here he tells us about wanting to be a gnome when he grew up, the fact people don’t think he has a proper job, and how he hopes he will never retire….

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in primary school we did that thing in assembly where you had to get up and tell everyone what you wanted to be when you grew up, and I told everyone I wanted to be a gnome, because I liked the idea of sitting by a pond, fishing and things like that. It hadn’t really twigged for me that it wasn’t an official occupation!

Briefly describe your career path to date

I don’t know if I would call it a career path but I know what you mean. As a description I would say quite random – a lot of accidents.

[After school] I did an art foundation which I never finished because I got an unconditional place at university. Then I did a lot of working – all the jobs I did were pretty much manual labour, either working in factories or warehouses. I basically worked for 6 months and then I just travelled round Europe going to art galleries which I thought might be more useful. Continue reading