Jenni Cochrane

“Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself and who love and support you even in your darkest hour”

Its been incredibly challenging on many levels, I left full time employment 6 months before lockdown and having spent those  months building my new business and working with new clients, I very quickly saw it all grind to a halt, both in terms of workload and financially. However, like so many I took it as an opportunity to take a step back and look at what was important to me both personally and professionally. Once I decompressed from the shock of what was going on, I took time to look at what I was doing with my life, really assess what I wanted for the future of my business and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened for me (forgetting the financial impact!). I launched a new wellbeing consultancy business with several new multi-industry clients, and used the time to take the business online as well as creating much needed and valuable mental health and wellbeing content for our Getahead Community- which has allowed us to have a much stronger launch to our 2021 Getahead Festival. On a personal level being home 24/7 with my husband and 4 year old has not been without its struggles, but we have got though it as a solid family unit and its made us really appreciate (and tolerate!) one another in ways I never thought we would or could.

Health and happiness for all! My hope is that the pandemic comes under control and we can get back to normal life, seeing friends and family, sharing incredible experiences together once again and learning from one another- and not over a screen!! As humans we need social interaction and the lack of this has been crippling for us all. 

On an economic level I desperately hope it doesn’t take too long for us all to bounce back and turn the past years efforts which have been a labour of love for so many (me included) into thriving businesses that we can continue to be proud of, use as platforms to support and help others. 

Believe in yourself more. I’ve always had a bit of imposter syndrome which I think started at a young age- it’s hard to wrap your head around having a successful career in such a sought after competitive industry at such a young age (especially as a young female at that time), so I probably lacked the confidence in my ability to one day be a business leader.  

If you work hard and be nice to people, and if you are talented there’s no reason why you can’t thrive and go a long way in the industry. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself and who love and support you even in your darkest hour.