Do you wake up in the morning and dread going to work? Perhaps you’re frustrated because you know you’re not living your purpose?
I feel you, my friend. I’ve been there. That's why I started Pop Your Career.
I know what it’s like to be in a soul-sucking work environment and to feel like there’s no way out. On the flip side, I’ve also worked in roles where I’ve flourished. I’ve developed long-lasting relationships, felt connected to the work I was doing and have come home each day knowing I achieved something.
I know which I’d prefer. And if I took a stab in the dark, I reckon I’d guess which you’d prefer, too.
I'm Bec McFarland. I’ll save the boring details about my qualifications and experience for later (they’re down the bottom of the page if you’re interested). What you need to know is that I am committed to guiding you through getting clear about your career goals and then helping you slay them.
So what’s it like working with me?
Well, although I often refer to myself as a Career Coach, my approach is a combination of coaching and consulting. A coach helps you to find the answers within yourself, whereas a consultant tells you what to do and how to do it. I like to blend the two.
I know when to be soft and empathetic. I also know when to be a hard-ass and employ a “take no prisoners” approach. I will push you. I will ask the hard questions. But I will also give you space to think, reflect and download, as well as advice, guidance, tools and resources to help you move forward.
HERE'S WHAT SOME OF MY CLIENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT ME:
I received Bec's business card from a friend of mine. If a friend asked me what it was like to work with Bec, I will give them Bec's business card that was given to me by my friend. The card that is a gift that keeps on giving. I contacted Bec to get a review of my resume. We organised a time to meet and the insights that I received from Bec in our face to face discussion was very valuable. She drafted me a new resume and I was surprised at the creativity in the way she organised a well-structured resume.
To call Bec a career coach does not encapsulate the service that she provided. I felt like I was speaking to a mentor who understands not just surface issues but also at the human level.
Around 20 months ago, I was at a crossroads where I feared my career was stalling. I reached out to Bec of Pop Your Career for some advice and mentoring. We discussed my work history, and strategized some resume writing and interview techniques. We did some roll-play using the STAR Interview Method, and I partook a DISC Profile questionnaire. Together, we strengthened my responses to interview questions by better structuring my answers, and refining my talking points based on the personality traits of my interviewers.
I did not get the job which motivated me to reach out to Bec. But I did win the jobs of my second and fourth interview, and my career is back on track. Right now I work with a richly experienced and very high calibre team in a prominent Federal Government Department in an area expecting a lot of growth, and I am receiving the upskilling I desperately need. I am happy doing what I am doing and the pay is good too.
Want to take a bit more of a peek behind the curtain?
I’m an open book. If there’s something you want to know, go ahead and ask. In the meantime, here are a few semi-interesting facts about me:
- I am a hard-core introvert, but I love people and thrive on connection. (I am an INFJ in Myers-Briggs and an S in DISC).
- I have a wicked sense of humour, but I don’t know any jokes. My humour tends to be a little daggy, but I own it.
- I'm neurodivergent. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 20 but have only recently found a treatment that works.
- I got married to the love of my life in 2014. Our wedding was magical and I wish we could do it again!
- We have a dog (Jasper) and two bearded dragons (Skittles and Simon), who make up our happy little family.
- I love Mexican food, coconut and anything sweet. I love food but I'm picky AF and only like what I like!
- I enjoy laughing out loud, even though a lot of the time I'm quiet, observing what's happening around me.
- I am incredibly loyal, but if someone crosses me, I don’t stick around to let them explain.
- I am super family-oriented, but my husband and I don’t want children (aside from our fur and scale babies!).
- I am practical and value actionable steps, but I also adore my essential oils, tarot cards and crystals.
I also swear a lot (I try to tone it down during coaching but sometimes I can't help it - especially when I'm excited), hate washing dishes, think afternoon naps are a necessity and really know my stuff when it comes to careers.
AND HOW ABOUT THAT BORING STUFF?
You got it. Here’s my official profile:
Bec McFarland, the owner of Pop Your Career, is an experienced human resources practitioner, manager, DISC ADVANCED® consultant and facilitator, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, trainer and coach. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Bec a has held various roles in human resources management, agency recruitment and in-house recruitment, within corporate businesses, small to medium enterprises and the Australian Public Service.
Bec holds several qualifications including Diplomas in Human Resources Management, Management, and Business, a Certificate IV in Training and Development, along with her DISC ADVANCED® and NLP Accreditations.
WANT TO GET STARTED WORKING TOGETHER?
No probs! You can check out my Pop Your Career offerings here.
Wanna get to know me a little more first? That’s cool, too. I’m not for everyone. You can jump onto my email newsletter list here – as a bonus, you’ll also get access to The Career Club, which is a secret portal full of valuable content to help you kick butt in your career.
Want to hear more from my previous clients? No trouble - you can view more of my client testimonials here.
AND, JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO SEE SOME PICS OF MY NEAREST AND DEAREST...