“I have had the pleasure of being coached and mentored by Tegan for about 5 years now. When I first met Tegan, I was at the beginning of my career, still unsure of exactly where I wanted to land in the human resources field. After I started gaining experience and knew I was ready for the next (or first) big step in turning my job into a career, Tegan was (and continues to be) right there to support me. Tegan is able to help you see where you want to go, even before you realize it. She takes the time to do self-development exercises to ensure you know the objective of what you’d like to accomplish, and helps you design all the steps you need to take in order to achieve it. She doesn’t just fill in the blanks for you, but asks the right questions to help you realize and come to the answers yourself.
Regardless of how seasoned a professional you are, understanding how to approach a career development conversation is critical to your growth and success. One of the first exercises Tegan gave me was a SWOT analysis to understand where I am in my role today and what I need to learn to be ready for my next role tomorrow. This exercise has continued to challenge my self-awareness. She walked me through putting together a role analysis which consisted of evaluating the responsibilities of my current role against the impact to business, to my development, and role satisfaction. Doing a similar exercise for my ideal role, I was able to really understand what I needed to do to drive my career and success. This exercise still today allows me to understand the objective I’m trying to accomplish, and the correct conversation and talking points I need to have in order to achieve it. These exercises gave me the confidence I needed in order to take that next step I desired.
As a professional, one of the hardest things to learn is how to navigate through a tough conversation, especially with one of your superiors. This is also one of those things that you need to learn how to do correctly from the beginning of your career, as sometimes bad habits stick around! I can’t even think of the number of times I’ve been able to reach out to Tegan to say “hey, I need to run something by you. I have this problem, and need to approach this person. Here are my thoughts on how to approach this conversation, what are your thoughts?” She has this incredible ability to show you all angles of your approach to help you reach the best outcome. True genius.
As a former Recruiter, I talked through compensation all day with hiring managers, candidates, and other professionals within the industry. I also navigated many compensation negotiations when it came to closing offers. But, when it was time for me to negotiate my own compensation for the first time, it was frightening. I wanted my company to know how excited and appreciative I was over the offer I received, but I also knew that I had a specific number in mind for me to take the job and feel valued. Tegan was my first call because I knew she would understand, and I also knew that she would help me get real about what I really wanted from the compensation conversation. She walked me through my career progression, how my role impacted the business, and how then how to approach the conversation. We focused on making sure I was speaking the language of the business by highlighting my contributions and how they impacted the company’s strategy. After a few conversations and never doubting the value of my work, I got the outcome and money I wanted.
Tegan is an amazing career coach. She really takes the time to understand the person and their learning style to help them succeed. She is a great mentor and inspiration for professionals, and a true expert in the people industry. She cares about you as a person, and takes the time to build a relationship that lasts. She is open and comforting, but can give you tough love and a push when it’s needed. Either way, she is always there to celebrate all the wins with you to give you confidence as a person and a professional. I have already taken the exercises and advice she once provided to me to help other professionals, in hopes to one day be able to give back as someone incredible once did for me.”
– Manager, Human Resources