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Join the Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week

And have a clear picture of your accomplishments in 2022, tell your career story in a compeling mannery, and be ready to discuss your career aspirations for 2023 and beyond

You’ve been on the same role for the last 3 years and .

You’ve been working so hard over the years but the promotions go to others.

At every year’s annual assessment, your manager tells you that you’re doing a great job, that you’re very hardworking, and that you’re a role model for other women and underrepresented employees. Still, you feel that you’re at your career’s ceiling.

You’re hoping that the organisation will realise all the projects that you complete successfully and how many people seek to work with you because of your collaborative style. However, the plum projects go to others.

When you think back about 2022, you have the feeling that you “did a lot” and “keep the balls rolling” but you are not clear on your professional achievements, the skills you learned, or the value you provided to the organisation you work for.

You were not taught how the system works

I’m now the Global Director of Scientific Support and Customer Operations for a Fortune Future 50 tech corporation. It has taken me 20+ years to get to the Director level! Why?

  • I thought that what had worked to progress during my studies – I have a Chem. Eng. B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D. as well as a post-doc – will work in my professional life.
  • I was the first person in my family to work for large companies and corporations. Nobody taught me how to get promoted.
  • My immigrant parents instilled in me that working harder than everybody else was enough to get ahead in my career.
  • I was socialized to downplay my achievements because one shouldn’t beat my own drum – it’s not ladylike!
  • I was going to the annual assessment meeting expecting my manager to know all the value I had delivered to the business throughout the year.
  • I assumed my boss would know better what projects would make me to progress to the next level without my input.
  • I believed everybody knew I wanted a promotion.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

Rita Mae Brown

Then, I discovered the power of the annual self-assessment!

Annual self-assessments as a launchpad for your career progress

Writing a thoughtful annual self-assessment is a great opportunity to showcase to your organisation the value you provide. This is especially crucial for the career progression of women and underrepresented groups that typically have less access to sponsors and power networks.

It goes beyond framing the discussion with your manager, the annual career self-assessment about the opportunity to tell your story to yourself as well as the orgasnisation you work for.

Personally, a big part of why I find writing an annual career self-assessment so valuable is because it forces you to reflect within a deadline. What do I get from it?

  • It prompts you to acknowledge your wins.
  • It reminds you of the lessons learned from failures.
  • You remember how resourceful I am when things don’t go as planned.

Unfortunately, most people miss in that opportunity

  • They believe the self-assessment/assessment process is a waste of time because they perceive that at the organisation/department/team they work for it’s s a performative exercise.
  • They use the self-assessment against themselves: They focus on they didn’t achieved.
  • They feel uncomfortable praising their accomplishments.
  • They focus on the annual review discussion with their manager and dismiss writing the self-assessment.

However, reflection is something that it’s as hard as it’s valuable. So, if you believe that your manager/organisation doesn’t care, then the friction is much higher to write a self-assessment.

And that prompted me to think:

“What if this annual career assessment could be done with guidance and in a supportive environment?”

Three smiling business women of different ethnicity sitting at a table with a computer giving high five.
Photo by olia danilevich.

The Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week

The Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week is an experience where you’ll create your annual career assessment with expert guidance and in a supportive environment.

What’s the plan?

  1. A 20+ page workbook to walk you through the steps to write your 2022 career review.
  2. live pop-up private online community group from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February where you can get feedback on your assessment and support.
  3. Access to three one-hour group virtual coaching calls via Zoom during the week.

Benefits others have gotten from working with me

  • Have a clear picture of your professional accomplishments in 2022 as well as the skills and experiences gained.
  • Ability to tell your career story in a compelling manner that it’s also true to yourself.
  • Feel ready to have meaningful conversations about your career aspirations in 2023 and beyond.

Join the Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week

And have a clear picture of your accomplishments in 2022, tell your career story in a compeling mannery, and be ready to discuss your career aspirations for 2023 and beyond


Who am I?

I’m an award-winning inclusion strategist and a technologist with 20+ years of experience in digital transformation. I’m also a career and life coach.

In 2022, I coached 5 women and nonbinary people that got promoted.

In 2023, my mission is to help 50 women and people from underpresented groups to get the promotion they deserve!

And that’s how I came up with The Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week!


Patricia has excellent knowledge and expertise on mentoring / coaching, in particular leadership for women. I greatly benefited from working with Patricia and found the experience & learnings extremely valuable for my own personal development and overall career growth.

Aisling Mulhall, Events Senior Manager, Software company

Patricia knows how to ask the right questions to let you come to the right conclusion and decide on next step in the journey. Patricia dared me to step out of my comfort zone

Jolanda Bussner, Project Manager, Sotware company

I had the opportunity to work with Patricia through a coaching scheme at work.  I personally got a lot out of the joint coaching sessions. Patricia has the skill to come across as supportive so you feel safe but she also will challenge you about why you think that way or what made you approach it from that angle, not this. There’s no judgment from her as she questions you, you can tell she’s just trying to understand everything.  I hope to have the opportunity to work with her in the future.

R.B., Senior product designer

Patricia is an extremely knowledgeable and caring coach. In my short session with Patricia, she helped me to envision a future I want for myself and create a plan for that by myself. For a senior university student, Patricia was an insightful companion who supported me in navigating my career choices and living a happy life.

T.T., 4th year Economics Honours student at the University of British Columbia

Results people have got when working with me

  • An internal promotion.
  • A job in another organisation more aligned with their career goals.
  • A more senior job in another organisation.
  • Applied for an internal promotion and received detailed feedback on the skills and experiences needed to get the promotion next time around.

Join the Joyful Annual Career Assessment Week

And have a clear picture of your accomplishments in 2022 and be ready to discuss your career aspirations in 2023 and beyond