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Why Now Might be the Best Time to Career Transition

How life has changed globally over the last 2 months. The speed of change and adaptation has been startling, yet we are finding that we are living our lives differently; even observing that ways of working are unlikely to revert to how they used to be. It’s a time for reflection, evaluation and reinvention. So why not contemplate a career change?

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Julie Brown – Career transition and life coach at Se Melius

Maybe you have been made redundant or started working from home and in doing so have realised that the work doesn’t satisfy you.  Maybe you’ve been furloughed and are fearful that you might lose your job or are finishing education and looking for your first job opportunity or maybe you’ve been unhappy in your job for some time but feel stuck.

Employee engagement is at an all-time low so now is the time to grasp the nettle and take positive action. Here are my 4 top tips to make the contemplation of transition a reality.

Firstly, get in touch with your core values. So, what are core values? For me it’s integrity, honesty, learning, recognition, friendships, respect, freedom etc. When you are in a career that matches your core values you will find clarity, purpose, meaning and fulfilment. If your core values are not currently being met, it’s a sure sign that things need to change.

Secondly, think about your purpose. What is going to fulfil you? Consider the job sector you want to work in and research companies. What is their culture, ethos and work ethic? Do you want to set up on your own? Either way consider your skills, talents, attributes, knowledge that you can bring to the party. If you find a good match for your skills and core values, you are one step closer to finding your dream career.

Take action, do your research, and make connections.  Start making connections and networking to find out what skills and knowledge are required for jobs within that sector. Set yourself a goal to close the learning gap and broaden your network.  If you can, do some voluntary work within your chosen sector. It’s a low risk opportunity to dip your toe in the water and try it out before committing.nene local | career change

Lastly, stay positive. We all have setbacks, hurdles, challenges, especially when we are pushing the envelope of our comfort zone. Stick with it and if you need to, break down your actions into smaller chunks that feel more manageable. Tick them off as you complete them which will give you a morale boost.

Julie leaves you with one of her favourite quotes “There are 2 mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way and not starting” Buddha

To find out more or to get the free fact sheet email or visit the website at Alternatively book a 30 minute free discovery session.  Take that first small step.

Article from  Julie Brown – Career transition and life coach at Se Melius

Current Government Guidelines on Leaving your House

Current government guidelines on leaving your house – true at time of going to press 24/4/20

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:CORONA VIRUS COVID 19

  • Shopping for necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your own household.

As current guidance stands (24/4/20) it is our interpretation that you can now drive a short distance to begin your walk.  If you do not have to drive, please don’t.  The reason for this is many fold – more driving means you will need to visit the fuel station more often, driving means more risk of accidents which may put pressure on the NHS or land you in A&E.

That said, please enjoy your walks as set out on Nene Local Magazine

Cathedral Postpones Dinosaur Exhibition until Summer 2021

T.Rex: The Killer Question, the Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition due to be shown at Peterborough Cathedral in July and August 2020, has been postponed until summer 2021.

T. rex The Killer Question, a Natural History Museum London touring exhibition, will be on display at Peterborough Cathedral in the summer of 2021

The exhibition will now be at the Cathedral from Monday 19th July to Monday 30th August 2021, coinciding with the school summer holidays, just as it would have done this year.


The decision to delay the exhibition was made in the light of concern that the current COVID-19 quarantine conditions might be lifted gradually and with a degree of caution in the coming months, in order to avoid a ‘second spike’ in the number of cases as people start to socialise and attend events.


Tickets for the exhibition went on sale at the end of February, and already over 1000 have been sold. The total number of visitors was expected to match the 35,000 people who came to see Luke Jerram’s Gaia artwork at the Cathedral in summer 2019.


The exhibition includes a 12-meter-long static model of a T. rex as well as a life-size T. rex skeleton and nine animatronic dinosaur models. It will be displayed in the early 16th century ‘New Building’ at the east end of the Cathedral.


The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said:


“Whilst we are obviously disappointed that we are not able to show this this world-class exhibition here in 2020, we are delighted that we have been able to work with the Natural History Museum to secure the same dates in 2021.


“The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff come first and we very much want to present the exhibition at a time when people can be more relaxed and confident about public gatherings, so that they can have the best possible experience.


“We are enormously grateful to our sponsors Anglian Compressors & Equipment Ltd, Henson Crisp Ltd Independent Financial Advisers, Speed Agency and Revamp Ltd, who have confirmed their continued commitment to helping us bring this exciting exhibition to Peterborough. 2021 may seem a long way off, but the dinosaurs are still coming and we’re looking forward to it!”


The Cathedral is getting in touch directly with anyone who has booked tickets for the exhibition. Bookings will automatically be transferred to the equivalent date in 2021, thus protecting customers from any potential price increase. Alternatively they can request a refund or, if they are cancelling their booking, consider donating their ticket money to the Cathedral to help to offset the significant fall in income it has suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.


For more information about the exhibition, or to enquire about how you might get involved in sponsoring a dinosaur or becoming an exhibition volunteer, please email or visit

Tranquility Time Retreats Founder takes First “Retreat” Online

Tranquility Time Retreats founder takes first “retreat” online to overcome social distancing rules

Nene Local Magazine had been on a retreat earlier in the year and written about it here – Tranqility Time

With a full year of booked-out retreats, local entrepreneur, Susan Royle was faced with a dilemma when the recent lockdown rules came into force. Susan has, for over a year had a successful run of retreats at various venues, such as Tofte Manor in Bedfordshire, The Arc Cabin in Peterborough and Sol Haven in Northamptonshire, where guests can come long and spend the day in tranquility, leaving all the stresses and strains of every day life behind.


One of the lovely aspects of Sue’s retreats is her collaborative style where she works with another local creative to bring a unique offering together. Over the past year she has worked with a sound healer, a poet and a clay modeller amongst others.


The most recent retreat was due to take place last weekend with her friend and fellow collaborator, Caroline Prout of Self Care Rocks. Caroline as a practitioner of dot art was due to show guests how to create their own dot mandalas.


With social distancing in place, it was clear that a face to face retreat would need a rethink. Could this work online? The emphasis has always been on the feelings her guests had from the day spent away from their usual environment in Sue’s company. This would be a challenge!


However, not averse to being taken out of her comfort zone – Susan had recently presented at Vivienne Joy’s “She Enjoys Success Summit” on self-care, speaking in front of a packed room full of business women at Wicksteed Park  – she set about understanding how this “retreat” would work with the distance.


Susan tells us “I was anxious that my guests wouldn’t feel as relaxed as at an in-person retreat, however I knew that everyone was feeling more stressed than usual and I wanted to offer some relief from those feelings of anxiety.”


On the day all her guests joined a zoom call and settled in, Susan adds “I think everyone was so pleased to see each other and have a chat, it was actually perfect timing. As humans we crave contact and I was able to offer remote “smudging” to reduce negative energies and then we began a meditation”


The feedback was amazing and lots of clients have followed up to ask when the next one is available. This has led to Susan pivoting her business and taking a course on online business strategies in order to service her clients to a higher level.


If you’d like to know more, please contact Susan on her platforms as below.


Susan Royle 07738 095089

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