Loughborough Alumni

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Aimee Teesdale

Founder, Life Coach: Aimee C. Teesdale Ltd.

Alumna Aimee Teesdale studied Psychology at Loughborough University and graduated with a first class honours degree. Following a few years working in offices and two years working on cruise ships, Aimee found that her passion was to help others to realise their potential. Here we find out about Aimee’s work as a life coach and her time at Loughborough.

Why did you choose to study Psychology at Loughborough University?

There was just something magical in the air when I went to the open day at Loughborough, and I still remember it clearly. I’d visited a few universities but it was only at Loughborough where I got that buzz feeling, which told me ‘this is the one’. I wanted to go to a university that had a high reputation and that offered me a course that would stand me above the rest. When it came to my application form, there was only one university I wanted to go to, and that was Loughborough.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

Being able to study a four year sandwich course immediately put me above the vast majority of the students around the country who had studied the three year option. This helped me secure a graduate job, which in turn led to the development of my career. It also helped me to learn more about myself and what I wanted and didn’t want from a career, which was invaluable. And even to this day, I still fall back on things that I learnt from my degree.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Do the four year sandwich course! It will help you learn, grow, develop, and make you stand out from the crowd.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

I used to do volunteer work, including Right to Read (helping young children learn to read at school), and Student 2 Student. This work in particular taught me incredibly valuable and relevant skills that I use today in my work as a coach. Looking back, it’s seems that I’ve known what I wanted to do in my career for quite a while!

Can you tell us more about working for yourself as a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker?

Being self-employed comes with a lot of ups and downs, but I’ve loved it all. The freedom and autonomy to live life on my own terms is fantastic. Being a coach is my dream work, and I would do it even if money were no object.

What does your job involve?

I work with ambitious men and women who feel like they’re holding themselves back, not achieving all they could be, and tired of being stuck. If you are interested to discover how I might be able to help you to get past your barriers and live a life you love, then please visit my website.

There’s also a free download available online. It will help you to map out how exactly you want your life to look and enable you to take actions towards making it happen.

Where did your passion for this area of work originate?

It began when I realised that working in traditional 9 to 5 office environments just wasn’t for me. I became attracted to the idea of working for myself but I didn’t know how, or if I was even capable of doing it. Back then I used to be quite shy and had a lot of self-doubt. But I transformed that by studying psychology and personal development in greater depth, and so it became evident that this was my skill that I could use to help others do the same for themselves.

What have been the highlights of this kind of career so far?

A major highlight for me was quitting my job which I had when I first started the business, much earlier than expected. I thought it would take a few years to be able to quit, but one day I realised that if I wanted to be helping others to achieve the life of their dreams, then I needed to be living mine. So I quit employment and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since.

What else has your career involved?

Before I started the business I worked on cruise ships for 2 years. This was a major milestone in my journey of personal transformation as it was a real big adventure, to leave London and step into something completely different. It was tough sometimes but also incredibly rewarding because I learnt and grew so much as a person. My other advice would be not to be in a rush to settle into a proper career. Use your 20s to explore, try different things, and expand yourself. That was what working on the ships did for me.

What do you love the most about your job?

I love seeing my clients have breakthroughs. Often the answer to our problems lies on the inside, and it’s great when I help my clients to see things from a different angle which totally changes the game for them. I’ve helped my clients achieve things that initially they didn’t think they could ever do – that’s amazing.

What does the future hold for you?

I’m building my personal brand as a coach so that my name is highly regarded in my industry, which also requires commitment to my own personal development too. The more I learn, grow, and push through my boundaries, the more I can help my clients to achieve too. That’s what I’m committed to.

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