My Story

Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people maintain a learning lifestyle
Carmel O’ Reilly is a writer and learning practitioner. She creates resources to help people maintain a learning lifestyle

Hello, I’m Carmel O’Reilly. Founder of School Of WorkLife. I’m a writer and learning practitioner. I write stories and create learning resources to help people maintain a learning lifestyle through good, challenging and bad times.

The stories, books and case studies I write and the lessons I create are crafted to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning needs.

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-directing, self-coaching, and self-leadership to drive these plans.

I love that I’m actively engaged in the art of learning. 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 writer and learning practitioner by way of stopping off at university along the way to gain my degree in Career Coaching and Management. Since 2003 I’ve helped 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, failures 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 people’s amazing WorkLife stories, from which I draw inspiration every day.

The motivation for 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. 

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

 School of WorkLife Guiding Statement: To create resources that are helpful, insightful and inspiring in supporting people to pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning resources that are accessible to everyone.

The learning resources I bring you are created from questions and answers drawn from WorkLife lessons. To help me understand where I need to prioritise my focus in creating helpful learning resources, tap the link below to let me know:

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A Brief Insight Into What I Enjoy Doing When I’m Not Writing and Creating

Reading is an integral part of my work as a writer, learning practitioner and creator. That’s pretty good in my book because reading is my happy place. I also love walking and exploring. Wherever I go, I always have a book (or two) in my bag, and I love when I discover somewhere new to sit and read awhile.

On Instagram, I share brief insights into my Work & Life. Books & Stories I Read & Write. People, Places & Things I Like.

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