Career Counselling

There are few questions harder or lonelier than ‘What should I do with my working life?’ We are often simply meant to know the answer - and a lot of people tend to be invested in us continuing along a safe and predictable path. But in private, some of us are acutely aware that we aren’t very happy where we are - and would love to find a way towards a job that truly fulfils our souls.

Tantalisingly, many of the answers we need better to direct our futures are inside us already, but we need help in getting them out, in making sense of them and in assembling them into a plan. The School of Life offers a Career Counselling Service designed to guide us deftly towards the kind of jobs in which we can thrive. Clients are helped to think about their personal values, their key traits and interests and their careers and life experiences to date – and to consider them in the context of the world of work as it exists. Following the session, a template is provided to help clients continue their analysis; follow-up sessions are welcome.

Consultations last 2 hours when in-person, and 2 x 1 hour when online. Career Counselling is suitable for people at any stage in their career.

Please note that due to health and safety concerns, all new therapy bookings will be for online sessions only, for the foreseeable future.

About the Consultant

Gwendolyn Parkin is one of The School of Life’s team of psychotherapists and is Director of Integral, a consulting firm which helps clients create careers and lives based on whatever is most integral to them (values, traits, skills and experiences). Gwendolyn’s approach combines in-depth psychology and commercial expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of career issues.

Gwendolyn is also a VP and Officer of the Harvard Business School Club of London with responsibility for Career and Leadership Development, as well as a London-based Career Club Liaison for HBS Boston. Prior to this, Gwendolyn worked at the Boston Consulting Group, and a start-up airline, People Express, which revolutionised its industry, as a European Regional Manager. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Psychotherapy from City University and is UKCP (United Kingdom for Psychotherapy and Counselling) qualified.

Booking Information

  • Once you have purchased a session, we will get in touch to arrange a date and time for your session. 
  • Career Counselling sessions only take place on Thursdays during business working hours. The session will take place at The School of Life Therapy Space, 8 Northington St., WC1N 2JQ. Please note that we currently cannot offer these sessions online.
  • Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a forty-eight hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged. You can find our full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions.

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Delivery Information

European Delivery (exc. Switzerland):

Free Standard delivery on orders over €70

Standard Service (not tracked): €10

delivered in approx. 10 working days

Courier Service
 (tracked): €35
delivered in approx. 5 working days

Rest of World Delivery (inc. Switzerland):

Delivery charges are calculated at checkout based on order size and destination.

All orders are dispatched from our UK warehouse. Customers are liable for all customs tax and duty payable. 

For more information, you can find our full terms and conditions here.

Returns Information

We want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If, however, you would like to return an item, please do so within 30 days.

Customers are responsible for all returns costs. If you have a query about your order or would like to arrange a return please fill in the form here.

Items must be in original condition and returned with the original sales receipt. 

For more information, see our full terms and conditions here.

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