My name is Sérene Bailey. I live and work in Vancouver, BC, Canada, one of the best cities in the world!
I have a B. Sc. from the University of British Columbia, where I majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. I was pre-med, until I decided that, while I really liked the diagnosing aspect of medicine (sorting through the information to figure out the problem), I didn’t have the passion to go through med school and then specialize in Neurology. In other words, I didn’t need to be a doctor.
I have a Graduate diploma from McGill University, in Management, with a concentration in E-commerce. This program changed my views on what was possible for me and gave me confidence to move in a different direction.
I am a certified life coach, as of January 2013.
So I had a whole first draft of a novel here, trying to tell you all about me. A chronology of every job I’ve done and every post-secondary school I’ve been to. And why. But seriously, I was bored by the end. So, let me give you the essentials:
My first job was tutoring high school students while I was in university and my last job was training doctors and their staff on software and managing a training team. In between, I worked in customer service and sales.
In January 2013, I got asked to come back to my last company as a consultant for a software localization project. It did delay me in starting my coaching business, but it was such a positive move in so many ways. I got to work with my colleagues and friends and with the software I know so well, but in a different capacity. I got to learn new things and do interesting work. It gave me a new way of looking at my current skills and abilities and how adaptable they can be. It confirmed that even though I’d really enjoyed my training/team lead position with the company and the people with whom I’d worked, I did what was right for me when I left to figure out my dream career.
Coaching my first client reaffirmed that life coaching is what I am meant to do.
From tutoring, to wanting to be a doctor, to working in customer service and then training, I’ve always gravitated towards helping people. I know how that sounds. But it’s my truth. I’ve always been the advice-giver, the good listener, the helpful stranger. Now, as a coach, I’m able to help people discover the best version of their life.