Small Business of the Year entrant – The Career Owl
When specialist careers counsellor Kathryn Hall launched a podcast she had no idea it would be listened to around the globe including in the US, Canada, UAE, Spain and Vietnam.
“I launched a weekly Your Path To Career Success podcast in December 2023 as a way of giving information in a different format,” said Kathryn. “Podcasts have become so popular – I just hadn’t anticipated mine going global.”
Kathryn, based in Tamworth, founded The Career Owl in 2019 to work as a career transformation consultant.
After a 20-year career in retail and HR she now uses her skills to help people build their own unique personal brand to share with recruiters.
A generalist who works across all sectors, Kathryn has found that she works mainly with more senior clients who are at management level and above.
“I work with people to understand the roles they may wish to pursue,” she said. “I’m very general in terms of the client industries I work with. I enjoy researching different industries and roles to support clients.”
Earlier in her career Kathryn worked for big name companies including Sainsbury’s, Adams Childrenswear, Store 21, DHL and Co-op.
After a career break she decided to pursue her passion of helping people ‘articulate and demonstrate their why within their careers’.
She said: “I love what I do. The part I really love the most is when I hear my clients have got a role they really wanted. It’s like a proud parent moment for me. Knowing I’ve made a difference for them is a very good feeling.”
Kathryn volunteers her time to two Tamworth secondary schools to support the development of their careers agenda.
The Career Owl has entered the Small Business of the Year category of the Staffordshire University Business Awards.