Client comments

Career Workshops

I just wanted to touch base and remind you of the influence that your courses have on people. I attended one of your courses last year at the GSB, and have looked to use the enlightenment which you empowered us with. You provided us (well me anyway) with the tools to ask the right questions, and have the proper courage. Since that wet day, it was a friend of mine who introduced me to the company I now work for. It was through him that I managed to get this position in January, and so have embarked on a new passionate line of work. So I just wanted to give you some feedback, and again say thank you for your influence on that day. I have even looked to impart those lessons on others.

I was one of the people retrenched from [company] and I had the luck to be able to participate in your course. Shortly afterwards I went for the first interview for a job that sounded too good to be true…then all of a sudden got an invite for the second interview… in Paris, no less! I got the job! I want to thank you for the confidence you helped me regain…as you can see, it WORKED!

I don't know if you remember me but I thought I'd catch up with you and bring you up to speed with regards to how I'm doing! At first I thought retrenchment was going to be the end of me but your guidance during the horrible decision- making process and what I learnt on your course has been invaluable. I am loving it at [Company] and am glad I hung in there and did not move to another city. I just thought I'd drop you a line and say thank you for being so patient and challenging me to question my commitment.

Thanks again for a wonderfully inspiring and thought provoking session. This is all that I have been talking about over the last couple of days. The workshop allowed me to gain understanding and made conscious of a number of issues I’ve been avoiding. It has really helped me to listen to my inner voice, trust my intuition more and believe that whatever I decide to do, I’ll be able to do. Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity. You have a gift and wonderful way of working with people.

I really enjoyed the day, losing all track of time. This rarely happens to me. I now have new courage to go with what my heart tells me to do, even if it goes against conventional wisdom. Thanks for creating the opportunity to have such a stimulating day.

Thank you so much for your wise words and helpful tools you left with me… ...it was a great reminder of doing what is right and to never stop believing in myself. Your workshop came at a critical time in my life, as I am exploring what really drives me, and what I love doing the most.

Thank you for sharing your generosity in sharing your time, gifts and insights on Saturday. I found it very valuable. Also, I found many similar trends in the notes in the questions asked. It was just a confirmation. I know that I will need training and guidance, and I will be stepping out of my comfort zone, I am looking forward to the challenge.

Thank you for the career planning course that you presented yesterday. I found your sense of humour and down-to-earth style to be most engaging! The day passed much too quickly, but the skills you taught were very practical. The course has confirmed my current career planning, which heads towards change management and general consulting – quite in line with your talk! (Business School)

Thank you for the most informative and enjoyable workshops you ran for us the past 3 nights. Although you concluded the session tonight stating that most of what you had presented was common sense, what you presented made a whole lot more sense than common sense – extraordinary sense perhaps. I would certainly love to have coffee with you one day to continue our conversation.

I really enjoyed your course and have gained a broader perspective of my life and I need to enjoy and embrace each chapter.

Your inspired career management programme lives up to its name. But more than that, and far more importantly, the programme helped me find an inner core of peace and confidence which I badly needed to find. The finding is not complete – there is still work to do here – but the past few days started me on the path of finding that me that I remember from a few years ago. And judging by everyone’s obvious reluctance to leave yesterday, I am not the only one. It was wonderful to watch my classmates progress from being tense, unhappy individuals to a very supportive group, with the members relaxing, and certainly appearing to find something within themselves that they needed to find.

I have finally settled into a great job which I am very passionate about. I was able to sell myself thanks to your great day. I have now a great view of a harbour from every window which was on my wish list.

Just a short note to say thank you for the course which I attended last Friday. I found the information most interesting and your relaxed style of lecturing along with the classical music made it a day to remember.

Thank you very much for your inspiring course today. You really helped me find direction, and have really motivated me to go forward. I can see that one of your anchors must be to help people because your sincerity shines through and you definitely helped me.

Thank you for the instructive and inspiring course on Saturday. I am currently studying Career Counselling and used your course as an ‘informational exercise’, finding out how other Career Counsellors apply their skills. The bonus was that the tools used during the day highlighted that I should not only coach individuals. I have 13 year’s business and sales experience which is valuable and can be used in the corporate environment.

On behalf of [Organisation] I thank you for the most valuable contribution you made to our work. We are always amazed at your enthusiasm and stamina! I heard from [participant] that he was pleased to expose his recently matriculated son to the world of job seeking before he goes on to study further. He also suggested that the lady with counselling skills might apply to the Police for employment. You obviously got him networking!

Thank you for your fantastic workshop on Saturday. I have got so many emails from people saying how valuable and enjoyable the workshop was.

Thank you so much for a workshop that I think will be life changing for me. Your workshop was really practical and caused quite a few light-bulb-moments for the majority of us. I left there excited and apprehensive at the same time.

Just a note to say thank you very much for the training on Saturday. It was practical, well planned, very informative and inspirational. I can now be more sure and defined on my skills and interests and work with a plan of action to get closer to my end goal and mission.

Just wanted to say THANKS very much for the very informative and useful workshop on Saturday, I thoroughly enjoyed it. While I have long had a copy of What Color is your Parachute, it was great to be able to actually share the experiences with a group.

Thank you again for your motivating words and very kind note. I’m still impressed and fascinated by your genuine and kind interest in all of us. But let me tell you this, I’ve already planned my first step. I’ll move to Berlin!!! I’ve been thinking about it for such a long time. I believe it is the time for doing it. I feel the fear but do it anyway! I’ll keep you updated as promised.

There are three things I want to tell you. I really enjoyed the workshop on Friday. Thanks for that. It was superb. I want to discover even more about career planning and my husband wants to follow me in this. In other words, we would like to register for the two week programme ASAP.

Thank you for a life-changing experience. I know now that I must be CEO of my own career. Gone are the days of waiting for a position to attract my attention. I will discover my skills, interests, etc. and go and market myself. The name Andrew Bramley would always be a part of my life changing moments.

This is just a quick e mail to thank you so much for all the time and attention you gave to [name] while he was on the course with you. He was in his words "far more positive and feeling much more focused, and not so directionless" at the end of the course. I know that you gave [name] extra time and attention and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated it.

Just wanted to say we had a fabulous session with Andrew, it ended at 6.50pm. There were about 35 students and it’s a pity that not all of them were there. We have received a fantastic framework to set us on the path of where we want to be. So thank you again for organizing this. You can expect people to visit you for further information or guidance. (Business School)

I would like to thank you again for an enlightening workshop. I went home with a profound sense of hope. I know that the road ahead will not be easy but now I can decide the road which I’ll follow.

Andrew, thank you for a very informative and riveting workshop on Saturday. (Business School)

Thank you so much for the most enlightening workshop on Saturday. I feel empowered! As discussed with you at the end of the day, I am considering doing an MBA or specializing further in medicine. (Customized MBA Programme).

The Career Planning Workshop (Business School Career Programme) was a toss-up between taking the extra time out and attending, or flaking out and going home early for some much needed R&R. Thankfully I am one of those individuals who are always keen to try new things and relish the prospect of finding out how much blood I can tap from a stone. The last three nights went by surprisingly quickly which means I loved it and I could do with a healthy dose of your seminar every few days. I am excited by the prospect of applying what I can to my life and waiting to see what the results will be. I am sure it will be astounding. I was permanently perched at the edge of my seat. Thanks for awakening my true dreams and showing me what I really love about life and what I could do for extended periods in my day. Recently I've been puzzled by this and find I don't "enjoy" my work that much. This rude awakening occurred when I became a mother and alas a "single" one at that. The latter rather unexpectedly. Nonetheless it's a riveting experience that has left my heart buoyant albeit ambitious with little room for the incidentals and those joyful moments without purpose. (Remember laughing with wild abandon). You are great at what you do and a personal blessing in my life. I pray that with God’s strength I will accomplish my dreams and bring the "wow" back into my life. You have made it just that much more REAL. Ciao and post back the template so I can get my act together and get the "mula" rolling in on the conveyor belt. Love and light.

Monday was like no other day I have had in my life. The initial intent was turned on its head. It was super to see you in action. [Name] was most surprised and couldn’t quite get a hold on what was going on whilst we were there. Thank you for the kick in the pants. Your manner is easy going and totally non-confrontational. Thanks again.

On behalf of the committee of Operation Employment I write to thank you for presenting such an excellent course for our unemployed members. We really appreciate the fact that you gave so generously of your time, giving us a whole Saturday – and more. We feel sure that those attending will have benefited immensely, both in job seeking skills and personal motivation. It was interesting to see the release of worry on the faces of participants and to observe the interactive participation in everyone. May God continue to go with you in your work of helping people make the most of themselves.

I’ve just finished the career workshop with you and I’m inspired and motivated to say the least. I’ve spent the last six years working for the same company and the last 4 years in the same occupation. It is definitely time for a change! Answering the last question in your manual, “Do you want it badly enough to pay the price?” I definitely want it badly enough, and the practice interview sessions will start tomorrow. I really believe that this type of insight at a young developing age will definitely encourage the youth to think about these things earlier in life. I take my case in particular. I attended career exhibitions and throughout my high school career I attended these exhibitions, however to no avail. Today I am still frustrated due to not knowing what exactly it is that I want to do. After these last 3 evenings, I now at least have some genuine knowledge of how to go about gaining insight and experience in a particular field that I might be interested in. So thank you!

In answer to your question re adapting what you did for us to a younger age group - absolutely relevant and value-adding!! I don’t even think you should give it a second thought. (Medical Specialist on Public Career Programme)

Thanks for inviting us to your workshop. As you are aware, we are feeling quite despondent and unsettled now that we have been retrenched. Your workshop has inspired us and has been very useful.

I most definitely don't regret attending the seminar. Andrew has a unique way of bringing his message across which made the course all the more enjoyable. The fact that he is very clued in on the latest trends in terms of job seeking in the industry is very impressive and he gets your buy in. The seminar has helped me identify many other skills and interests which are not being put to use currently but which I would enjoy very much. I now don't feel so intimidated by having to be one of the many job-seekers as there are many more possibilities than I first thought. So I'm actually formulating my future plans with a lot of positive energy and knowledge that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hello Andrew, Thank you very much for the wonderful session you presented yesterday afternoon. It really made me feel good and made me realize that all the emotions I currently experience are normal. It was also motivating for me to develop my interests more. I have not lost my job but want to have my plan B ready.

The course meant so much to me personally – you’re right, one’s self confidence takes quite a knock, but after the course one is positive and excited about life again! I also want to recommend that the course be offered to the people that are left behind. Personally I also have good news in the sense that I already joined a realtor where I will start next year, but I am still looking ahead to my dream job!

[Company email] Dear Colleagues,
Leaving a company through redundancy or early retirement can be a daunting and stressful experience, and we have some idea of the strain you have been living under since the initiation of [name of retrenchment process] at the beginning of January this year. Now that the decision has been taken for you to part ways with the Company, whether reached voluntarily or forced upon you, you are now faced with the prospect of life after [Company]. In order to help you land on your feet, we have engaged one of the top Career Consultants, Andrew Bramley, to run a two day workshop for our retrenched employees. The 2-day program covers three key areas, namely: a) How to decide what you want to do with your career now, using your favourite skills and interests b) How to research new careers and job hunt effectively (this includes those who want to start their own businesses) c) How to package what you would like to do, and which you will need to present to prospective employers and/or clients. We wish to encourage you to make full use of this opportunity, whether you are clear about what the next chapter of your life will entail or not. You will not regret attending it.

 

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