My name is Tom Staunton, I am careers advisor and a bit of a geek. This blog really exists for me to share ideas and thoughts around career. I’m a bit of a theory nut so this blog is more going to be about theory and how it relates to practice. Its my conviction that careers theory is wrongly locked away in the back of the minds of careers professionals when it can be really useful and helpful for all of us as we explore our careers. Theory provides new ways of thinking and of exploring how we think about our lives. So though I’m a self-confessed theory geek I really believe theory can be helpful to anyone. I am also particularly concerned with professional practice in careers work. In the same way how professionals think underpins their practice so better, powerful and effective work comes from how we think about career.
Why Running In A Forest?
Partly because I think its a cool name, partly because a lot of career blog names are very generic and partly it brings together a number of ways I see career and so works as a powerful metaphor. I think it speaks of travelling without knowing where you’re going, it combines danger and adventure, having a destination but not knowing how to get there, feeling lost while also open to possibility, being on the ground and in the thick of it while wanting a map and a overall perspective, open to chance, overcoming obstacles, interacting with your surroundings, not being able to see what’s going on and all the while feeling that the journeying is a place of interest and not just about travelling to a destination. Hope some of that makes sense.