I am 55 and have been married to my husband Jim for 34 years. We have two adult children. On leaving school, I went into a bank and enjoyed working closely with customers. I had six years at home while my children were small, and then returned to banking. At the age of 40, I moved from banking into the Corporate world, working for a large company in Ashford. Initially I was a team manager, looking after twelve people, and then site manager, eventually being responsible for 170 people.
Working with people
It was the people aspect of the work that I really liked, but the more senior positions I held, the less I was expected to be involved with the staff.
I started to look around for another role that would allow me to remain involved with helping people, first training as a mediator. I had done volunteering work as a neighbourhood mediator some while ago, and really enjoyed the process of helping people to resolve their disputes. I am now a trained Civil and Commercial mediator who can get involved in all aspects of disputes. This training has been invaluable, and I use these skills in everyday life.
Becoming a Celebrant
We lost a couple of people from our circle of friends, and after one particularly generic funeral, it was suggested that I could have done a much better job. That got me thinking of the role of a celebrant, and how I could help people at some of the pivotal points in their lives.
After many years delivering business briefs, I am comfortable speaking publicly, and have a warm and sincere delivery when speaking. My previous experience as a financial advisor helps me to sit with my clients and explore some of the most intimate moments of their lives, to be able to create a truly personal ceremony for their special moments.
When I completed the training as a Celebrant, with the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants, I felt like I had come home. It felt like the natural choice for me, and since making the decision, I have felt a peace about my career that I have not known before.
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