Career in the Spotlight:Helen Evans (35), Charity Director

This week I interviewed Helen, who tells us about how a coach helped her change her career direction, some creative ways to find out about alternative careers, and the challenges of balancing work with being a mother.

Helen EvansWhat has been your career path to date?

I started out by studying Philosophy and I wasn’t sure what to do, so I did a Masters in Philosophy, and still didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I temped in HR. It paid well and it was interesting work. I started off in a reward team for a venture capital firm and then moved into a generalist HR role for a management consultancy. Then I got a role as an HR Business Partner for a media firm.

At that point I just really paused and thought is this really what I want to do with my life? I’d realised I had just spent a few years going in a direction because it kind of happened, and whilst work was enjoyable and challenging, it just wasn’t as fulfilling as I wanted my work to be. Continue reading