Hi, I’m Danielle Ward, an Australian Career Development and Human Resource Practitioner, creator of My Career Planner and owner of career counselling business Career Finesse.
My career journey probably started very similarly to yours. I was never really in tune with my strengths and talents when I was in school. My grades were bang-on average and, although I had a lot of interests, it was clear that I wasn’t particularly good at anything (or so I thought). I was an ordinary, boring Australian teenager.
After leaving school, I considered either pursuing a business or teaching degree. I chose a Bachelor of Business for reasons that still escape me today.
I finished university, secured a place in a desirable graduate program and ended up with a secure public service job. I did all the things that were expected of me and that I had planned for myself.
It was only by a chance conversation with a colleague many years later that I realised what I really wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I knew at this point I wanted to help people like me and my 17-year-old self with their career development.
I know that many of you are in the same boat. Or perhaps you’re a student who is trying to avoid a scenario like this.
My mission is to ensure everyone has access to relevant, affordable and professional assistance to help plan their career when it’s needed.
I also know from 15 years experience in the human resource and career development industries how difficult it can be to access relevant, affordable and professional career coaching services. That’s why I created My Career Planner.