Rabbie Burns – still relevant

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Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was born on January 25th 1759. A farmer, a man of the people, he was known for his empathy and his ability to understand the human condition, often writing in Scots dialect. He gets to the heart of the matter.

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion

Why is this relevant to career coaching? Amongst other things, having a coach gives you the chance to get immediate feedback on how you come across, how you look, how you answer questions, your body language (‘to see oursels as ithers see us’) as you prepare for interviews. Are you happy that you are presenting yourself to a potential employer to best advantage? Is there anything you should change to make the impact you want? (it wad frae mony a blunder free us). You have the opportunity to refine your answers to questions and make sure you say what you really want to, and how you really want to in a supportive environment. It greatly increases your confidence as you plan for interviews – and your chances of getting the job you want.

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