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About Vocation


"You are on this planet not to add to the number but
to find out what you came here to do..."


Richard Bolles












Are you unfulfilled in your current work? Are you wondering what type of job or career would express your deepest nature? Are you facing redundancy or similar challenges? If you feel ready for a change - welcome to RealVocation!

Based on Richard Bolles' best selling career guide RealVocation offers talks, workshops and individual consultations to help you gain inspiration, confidence and a new perspective beyond the 9 to 5. The ‘Parachute’ manual is updated each year (see 2020 edition under 'Resources') and has helped Millions of readers optimise their Life-work Planning.


At a time when one in three employees are unhappy at work, the term 'Vocation' deserves a new hearing. It stems from the Latin 'vocare' meaning ‘inner voice’ or ‘calling’. Similarly, the Sanskrit ‘vac’ refers to ‘speaking’ and 'manifestation through 'sound'. This is different to the term ‘career’ which suggests a linear upward progression. Vocation or 'Calling' refers to what ignites your passion or what your deeper intuition points you to. Interestingly, this then often matches what the world also most 'needs' at that time but it need not be a 'big' news-worthy project. Sometimes a small but significant adjustment to your view, behaviour or current job role makes all the difference.

What have you always wanted to do, be, or create? There may be one particular Vocation or several await your attention.
There is evidence that following your Vocation is not selfish, but a key ingredient for good health.


Your vocation can knock on our door in many forms. For some, a career change or retraining is desired but they are unsure which role to choose. Others experience an unwanted redundancy, or a 'crisis'. An opportunity might hide out in such events: what about that long-held dream of self-employment, a sabbatical, or working overseas? RealVocation offers support to 'give your longing a name' and an action plan.

You are welcome to a free introductory phone consultation by appointment
M: 0044-(0)79 63093 729.