I am the quintessential glass half full person. When people tell me I live at the end of a certain tube (subway) line here in London where I’m currently based… I tell them it’s the beginning! I see the silver linings… I believe in the power to change or develop anything that needs it and I have an unshakable belief in your ability to create a career and lifestyle which makes you light up, if you give yourself the time, space and support to do so… which is why career coaching via Limitless Coaching was born. I’m am human of course… so even with my default of optimism I have my down or off days too (please don’t think I don’t understand disappointment or frustrations!). These are part of the journey and it’s about developing the resilience to dust yourself off and see each setback as a learning curve that will make your awesome… well, even more awesome.
Gina’s official career coaching biography
Gina Visram is an author and the working parents’ career coach, for mamas (and a few smart papas) who want a fulfilling career that doesn’t burn them out… alongside an incredible family life that makes them feel want to click their heels together in glee.
As part of her Limitless Coaching initiative, she has launched the Creative Career Solutions for Parents initiative and works one on one and via group programmes with parents determined to craft a family-friendly lifestyle (whatever that looks like to each individual / couple) and accelerate their career and lifestyle goal achievements – while gaining tools which ensure that partners in a relationship become each other’s greatest cheerleaders. UK-based but with life and educational experience of Guyana, Montserrat, Barbados and Kenya, Gina brings a relatable, global and multi-cultural perspective to the field of coaching. Having completed degrees at the University of Warwick (BA Hons in Politics, International Studies & Gender) and Cardiff University (MA International Journalism) – and worked in communications for organisations including Pearson, CNBC, BBC World, as well as specialising in education PR, Gina’s communications skills enhance her career coaching and in 2014 that combination of skills led to being named as a finalist in the “Careers Educator of the Year” category of the Career Development Institute’s UK Career Development Awards.
Aware that appreciating and learning from every stage of life is an integral part of enjoying the journey – it was Gina’s experience of getting married on the most anticipated wedding day of a generation (the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton) that led to writing her consistently 5 star rated career coaching book for newlyweds that want awesome careers and relationships… Happily Ever After for Grown-Ups.
Currently living in London with her gorgeous husband and the newest light of her life, their toddler who keeps them on their toes – Gina believes that taking ownership to craft a career / professional scenario that works for you is hugely important in creating a life that you love.
From career development services for students to newlyweds and now for parents – Gina does not believe in standing still and having life happen to you, but instead is committed to helping people going through important life transitions to boldly and unapologetically make choices in their personal and professional lives which will result in achieving the career and relationship/life balance that makes their heart sing.
P.S – An advocate of the #makeprogressnotexcuses and #achievemoretogether mantras, Gina encourages you to begin by taking action now and connect with her by subscribing to her Creative Career Solutions for Parents newsletter and podcast.
I recently reached out to Gina to seek some guidance on how best to tackle facing my fears and making decisions on a new chapter of my life – returning to work after having a baby. An area Gina is not only familiar with but specialises in. She quickly unpacked my thoughts (and the emotions that came with them) and was able to identify areas that I was struggling with, helping me to get a better understanding of where they came from and how best to move forward with my career. The session helped me to find clarity and helped increase my confidence. Not only does Gina have the skills and experience to offer hands on coaching, her high level of emotional intelligence and genuine proactive approach is inspiring. If you’re a parent who is exploring the next step of returning to work (whatever that looks like), I would highly recommend working with Gina to help make sense of the ‘fog’ and start taking positive steps to achieving your goals.
Gillian Taylor, Recruitment professional & mum on maternity leave
Karen Williams, Business Coach
Roberta Jerram, UK serial entrepreneur and married mum of 4
Five Fun facts about Gina
Fun Fact #1
From being an incredibly shy child, I now love public speaking. There’s something about that opportunity to communicate with a crowd about something that you truly believe in. I always consider it to be an honour and am always looking for opportunities to connect with audiences that will benefit from my work. This can include live in person audiences or ones via webinar / telesummit etc.
If you know of any such audience… just holla.
Fun Fact #2
One of the things that makes my heart sing is working with young people with their career, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) process. I believe career support is essential for youth as they navigate their journey and some of my very proudest moments have included connecting professionals in industry to students in secondary schools, working one on one with students and seeing that ‘aha moment’, organising some innovative careers events… and the icing on the cake – recognition of this work – being recognised as a finalist in the “Careers Educator of the Year” category of the UK Career Development Awards – from the Career Development Institute.
I’ve currently got two more book ideas floating around this brain of mine… and one is a career coaching book targeted at students. Watch this space!
Fun Fact #3
I used to belly dance. Seriously… not just in a class but in a couple of troupes and I have performed at London 2012 Olympic events, at Soho’s Madame Jojos, at Guanabara and at lots of fun places (I’m sure there are some vids sneakily on YouTube somewhere). I loved it and while I don’t formally attend dance classes or training at the moment… dance absolutely still feeds my soul.
Fun Fact #4
My immediate, never fail, one shot mood lifter is SOCA music. Soca a type of music from the Caribbean and tends to be upbeat and encourage some serious booty shaking (waaaaay before Miley even started using the word ‘twerk’). Soca music and carnivals are a huge part of the authentic me and for me are joy personified!
Flashback to Trinidad Carnival 2009 when I met (arguably) the most popular soca artist in the world… Machel Montano. Good times!
Fun Fact #5
… and if looking to expand your network of ‘positive connections’ – let’s connect.