Introducing Irene Adeyinka
Irene Adeyinka is a London based Career Coach with seven years of mentoring and coaching experience. Irene is the Founder of The Lost Graduate group, a career service that provides personalised career coaching and workshops for all types of graduates. Sessions are focused on career development, career confidence and wellbeing at work. Irene has a successful track record of coaching graduates into employment, higher paid jobs and into new careers. Irene has been recognised for her Entrepreneurship and was recently a Finalist in the Wandsworth Business Awards.
Why do you what you do?
I remember my graduation day, I had made it to the stage in my heels without falling, collected my scroll and did as all graduates do sent my cap flying into the air and smiled for the camera, I felt accomplished and excited to start my career journey.
I applied for so many jobs and received no reply, with each unanswered application my excitement diminished and anxiety reared its head. I looked to Recruitment Officers for guidance but no one would give me any feedback. I felt gutted, I worked hard at University so that I could get a good job.
It took me a while but I got there in the end, I took a volunteer role and had a good career in mental health services. A few years back I wanted a change, I wanted to focus more on career development but just couldn't find the right role for me.
I had coached in roles throughout my career, I did some training and started with family and friends. Seeing them achieve their goals inspired me to start The Lost Graduate Group. The goal then is the same as it is now to help people feel confident about their career choices, plans and themselves.
What's the best part of your job?
Seeing my clients win, it's great when they achieve the goal of getting a new job or a promotion. Even better is personal growth when clients develop their confidence. Seeing them smile because they know exactly what their strengths are and they truly believe in themselves, these moments are priceless.
How do you manage stress?
Mindfulness, mindfulness and more mindfulness. As an Entrepreneur I am constantly planning, reflecting and strategising. I often need a reminder to be in the moment, when I have a break it is just that, I leave the office and my phone is on silent. Every night before sleep I write down what's on my mind and listen to a ten-minute meditation.