SLS Orientations

Supporting & Enabling Your Career Orientation at Home & Abroad

  • Sue Luford Schoormans
    Sue Luford Schoormans

About Sue

Hello and thank you for visiting the SLS Orientations website. My name is Sue Schoormans and my career to date, like most people's, can be described as a journey with lots of twists and turns. On this About Sue page I share with you a few of these, some of which may resonate with you. 

Will I fit or will I be a misfit? 

An organisation’s culture is about “the way we do things around here”, in short, its personality. Its personality needs to be compatible with your personality. If incompatibility exists then there is a mismatch; this can be an emotionally draining atmosphere to work in day in day out. While I have worked with some great people and some terrific managers in my career, the reverse is also true; I have experienced personality incompatibility on more than one occasion in my career. I was a misfit and being a misfit is no fun! Walking to work each day feeling like a ball and chain is tied to your feet – not one foot but both feet is a seriously heavy feeling and is not sustainable over a long period! Ensure you are a fit and not a misfit in your career. 

Recruitment has always been my area of passion within my career as an HR professional

All of my employment positions have, to a greater or lesser extent, involved recruiting others. I have recruited people from around the world, for a variety of positions in various countries; I have also managed volume recruitment for hotel and supermarket openings. I have subsequently reviewed thousands of applications and CV's, conducted hundreds of interviews, selection tests and assessment centres. This passion remains with me to this day and it is one of the reasons why I started SLS Orientations. What is your career passion? 

Like a flower, I need to blossom and grow in my career; wilting is not an option

Organisations need to enable you to grow, to develop your skills and to learn new ones and to stretch your mental capability; if this is missing your motivation and engagement levels drop. I have worked for organisations where only a fraction of my experience and knowledge was utilised and where there was little room for creativity and flexibility. Professional growth and development was restricted. I felt like I was being processed like a chicken in a chicken factory, walking on a conveyor belt with hundreds of other chickens (fellow employees) complying with the rules and regulations and churning out a standardized service. Be a blossoming not a wilting flower! 

Goal setting is key to being on track and remaining focused

Owning and operating my own business was from an early age a professional goal. I established Complete People Management, a HR consultancy business, when I moved abroad for the second time; SLS Orientations is the second business that I have owned and operated while living abroad.

Studying a master degree within my profession was also a professional goal; I successfully completed a master’s degree in International Human Resource and Globalisation in my forties. The learning from the degree enabled me to work internationally within my profession and to become an intercultural coach. Goals keep you on track and focused in your career. What are your career goals? 

I need to feel valued in my work

I have always had a strong tendency to overwork. Rewinding my career to its early years, a HR director singled me out; I was made an example of and not for the right reasons. I was working excessive hours. However, and this is not an excuse, I was in a job that I really enjoyed and I was highly motivated. Nonetheless, I was not setting a good example to others. So, fast forward to another low in my career. Here, in addition to delivering my day-to-day workload which was sufficient for two people, I was creating systems and tools to enable me to do my work effectively. Combined, these two factors resulted in excessive hours of work. While earlier in my career this had not been a problem, it became a problem here because I was not supported in my work, I received virtually no recognition for my work, I discovered that management was taking the credit for the work that I was doing and any ideas I had for improvement were either ignored or at best taken forward into the management abyss never to be seen or heard of again. All in all, I felt undervalued. Are you valued in your work?

Our careers are intertwined with our life and thus our health 

When you are frustrated, disengaged and/or not motivated in your work, in short, when there is incompatibility between you and your work for a prolonged period of time your health may suffer. During my career I have experienced burnout; I ignored the signs and soon afterwards I was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer became a turning point in my career; the treatment went well and I eventually got better. I knew that I needed to make a change in my career, I knew what I did not want to do but not what I did want to do; I needed a clear career vision. I subsequently worked with a career coach to support and enable me to move forward in my career. Is your work and life in balance?  

Take advantage of  career opportunities that come your way 

At the beginning of my career I was given the opportunity to work abroad; this was at a time when the internet barely existed. I set off on the 5500-kilometer journey across the Atlantic Ocean. I new little about the country and the organisation where I would be working; I was taking a bold step. I was however excited and curious. 

Other opportunities have presented themselves to me in my career often promotion opportunities which I have pursued without hesitation. The outcome has been that my career path, in the main, has gone from strength to strength. Furthermore, I have been fortunate to have worked with some wonderful people with whom I remain in contact with to this day. When career opportunities come your way they may do so only once; if you believe the opportunity is right then go for it.  


Reflections and Learnings......

When I reflect on my career comprising both highs and lows:

  • I have no regrets, simply learnings. 
  • My learnings have enabled me to re-focus and grow in my career. 
  • My learnings have taught me the importance of knowing who I am, what I enjoy, what I am good at, what I am skilled in, what motivates me and what my ideal work is. This has enabled me to secure ideal jobs. 
  • My learnings have taught me to never compromise on my professional values. 

All of these learnings are now embedded in my work as a career and intercultural coach and trainer. 


Final Note - Investing Time in Your Career  Deserves your Exclusive Attention

You spend a lot of time at work, right? Time spent ensuring that you are clear about who you are, what you are good at and what you enjoy doing will be time well spent. Whether you are looking to fully explore your Career Orientation, require assistance with your CV, cover letter, interviews, understand your behavioural and communication style or require assistance with integrating into a new country, I am here to support and enable you to move forward in the direction that suits you best. 


What Clients and Colleagues have Said About Me

Sue is brilliant to work with. She always does what she says, fun, is straight talking and is such a positive influence. There's not many people that operate like Sue - a real professional with sound integrity. 

Sue's work ethic is second to none and she always delivers. More than that though is the fact that she has loads (and loads) of integrity.

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I look forward to supporting and enabling you in orientating your career at home and/or abroad. Contact Sue here or at sue (at) sls-orientations.com to learn more and to book your coaching session. 

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