Keeping Careers Real with Ali, with Host Ali Whelan, interview with Jemma Smith ( Head of Study Centre )

January 25, 2022 - 12:00 PM - 739 views
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Do you feel there’s got to be a better work-life than what you experience right now? 

Are you raring to set off in a new direction, make some bold moves and create a work-life which gives you what you need but need some inspiration?

About this show

Welcome to Keeping Careers Real with Ali - a show which brings you stories of ordinary people’s extraordinary career journeys. The warts and all successes, disappointments, highs and lows that have brought people to where they are today in their work-lives. 

Sharing experiences, providing top tips for navigating career change and showing us how we can create better work-lives for ourselves, we follow our guests to where they are in their careers today and beyond.

About this episode

The podcast is hosted by Ali Whelan and features Jemma Smith, who left Oxford university to become a strategy consultant with a golden handshake and a high starting bonus, only to quit 9 months later with no other job. Moving on to become head of a study centre aged 23, before training as a teacher and now flies round the world working with families to help their children reach academic success. 

We talk about how Jemma took the brave step of  turning down a secure, stable job to do her own thing and now earns much more and is much happier. 

Contact Details

Connect with Ali!

To connect with Ali Whelan Career Coach & Development Trainer, please email: and/or visit


We are here to help people create better work-lives for themselves, which fully align with and support their future life goals.

Because let’s be honest… is just too short to hate your job! 

To connect with Jemma Smith, please visit: 


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