My Story

Hello, I’m Carmel O’Reilly. I’m a WorkLife Learning Practitioner, Writer and Founder of School Of WorkLife. My inspiration in creating my work comes from a lifelong passion for learning. My work has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning. 

As a WorkLife Learning Practitioner and Writer, I create learning programmes and resources to help people manage, develop and transition their WorkLives in good, challenging and bad times. The focus of my work begins by helping people identify a WorkLife path that’s true to their core values, purpose, and motivation. This is followed through by creating meaningful short and long-term WorkLife plans while enabling Self-Coaching, Self-Directing, and Self-Leadership to drive these plans.

By WorkLife, I mean our life at work, where we spend one-third of our lives. I also mean the impact our work has on our life outside of work and the impact our life outside of work has on our work. All areas of our life in and out of work are so intrinsically linked, they cannot be separated, nor should they. I believe WorkLife needs to be considered holistically. This is a more definite description of what WorkLife means to me. 

A word about language I use on my website and in my work. I have connected the words Work and  Life to express the meaning they hold for me. I capitalise the first letter of each word to highlight their importance and relationship. 

I love being a WorkLife Learning Practitioner. I love that my profession allows me to immerse myself in the world of people’s learning and that I get to participate in their WorkLife journeys.

I love that our WorkLives are journeys.

I love my own WorkLife journey. It’s taken me from Investment Banker to WorkLife Learning Practitioner and Writer by way of stopping off at university along the way to gain my degree in Coaching Coaching and Management. I now help people navigate their WorkLife journeys through stable times and times of change and uncertainty.

I love that I can do this from a place of having changed direction myself – a place of understanding that comes from challenges, obstacles and successes I’ve encountered along the way. Together with experiences, knowledge and skills gained throughout my journey. All of which come from a place of exploration and discovery. I continue to learn through the amazing people I work with, from whom I draw inspiration every day.

A long time ago, I wrote the following statement that has guided me in my WorkLife ever since. 

My Guiding Statement: To help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride, by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes and resources that are accessible to everyone.

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School Of WorkLife is part of Carmel O’ Reilly Consultancy Services.

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