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5 Minutes With… Tara Harrold

Tara Harrold - Good Work Career Consulting

With a background in higher education and government employment sectors, Tara Harrold made the jump to the private sector with her new business, Good Work Career Consulting, offering career education workshops and skill-building sessions to individuals and corporations.

Tara Harrold presenting at the Women of Achievement Festival, Townsville 2022
Presenting at the 2022 Women of Achievement Festival in Townsville.

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I’m a career development practitioner with a background in higher education, and prior to that, I worked for many years in the government employment sector. Between those two roles, I’ve seen the impact that work of all skill levels can have on people’s lives.

Since the pandemic began, lots of people are asking themselves what they really want from life, so I founded Good Work Career Consulting last year to help address that question.

I do this through discussions and activities that help people develop a stronger sense of self so they can make good choices in their work, learning, hobbies, and transitions through life. In my industry, we call those career management skills, and they help you to keep adapting and stay employable and lead a satisfying and meaningful life.

These skills can be developed in a number of ways, and I’m offering appointments, group workshops and retreats to individuals, and tailored services to business to support their staff.

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a business owner?

Refining my niche has been a challenging process, and I wouldn’t say I’m there yet, but it’s great to fully be in control of it.

I’m aligning my work as much as possible around the principle of decent work, which is from the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8. Along with that, my areas of interest are regional work, career transitions, environmental sector, and generalist careers, which are careers that are skill-based, rather than a specific profession. Bringing it all together has been rewarding because I’m very values driven.

The balance between my ‘office manager’ functions and developing new products and delivering services is another challenge. Getting my head around marketing and social media has been a big and often frustrating learning curve. And goodness… do I miss having an IT team onsite to solve my problems!

What is a fun fact about yourself?

My life is run by a bossy little bull terrier called Pepper. She’s a cuddly, funny little beast, who is allergic to everything, sleeps 20 hours a day, throws tantrums when we deviate from her program, and brings a lot of joy to our house.

I am a nature nerd and keen photographer, so I’m always that person lagging behind on a bushwalk taking photos of birds and fungus. It’s a great conversation starter. I’ve had some funny discussions lately over snake photos; I love them, but a lot of other people clearly don’t.

Tara Harrold and her bull terrier Pepper
Pepper keeping me company during the 2022 NAGCAS conference.

What is the best piece of career or business advice you ever received?

Price yourself properly, value what you do, and have good boundaries. There’s no sense in giving away your worth as it will stop being fun – and sustainable – very quickly. I had an excellent conversation about this with Teresa from Townsville CIC recently and it was a great reminder for me.

My parents have been in business my whole life and they always said that you shouldn’t put down your competition to advertise yourself, that just reflects poorly on you. Highlight your value and point of difference and that will speak for itself.

Going forward, what is next on the cards for your business?

I have big dreams, but I need to walk before I run and get my foundations right.

I’m currently developing more career education workshops for delivery to the general public as well as organisations. Group work is one of my favourite things creatively, but it’s also really accessible to people as not everyone wants or can afford an individual appointment. It’s an enjoyable way to learn and it gives the opportunity for discussion and to hopefully keep those conversations active after the workshop is over.

Along with that, I’ll be refining my offerings to organisations. My experience in university careers services provides valuable insight for employers looking to hire graduates, especially with the competition being so fierce.

A message from Tara:

Your version of job satisfaction is as unique as you are. Invest time in properly understanding who you are and you’ll feel more confident making career choices that work for you.  

If you think I might be able to help you or your team but don’t see a similar service listed on my website, please get in touch and we can chat about what you’re looking for.  

Tara Harrold - Good Work Career Consulting

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Read Tara’s guest article – How to Bounce Back if Covid Killed Your Career, from our July 2021 issue.

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Compiled by the BDmag editorial team


Compiled by the BDmag editorial team