I am the youngest of six children, brought up in Sidcup, Kent. When I was 12 my family moved to Birmingham. I went to Kingston University (it was a polytechnic then) for a degree in Development Studies and then took a variety of jobs to earn a living. I carried on with my studies part-time later to study Management and to take an MBA.
My career has been very varied. I have worked for the civil service, an American company and for a third world charity. I have been a college lecturer and worked in shops and factories. My most glamorous job was running a floating restaurant on the River Severn.
In my late 20s I was ready to start planning my life. I didn’t really know where my career was going but I did know a lot about different types of employment. I received some guidance from a wonderful careers adviser in Shropshire. The result was that I trained as a careers adviser myself – not something I had ever considered before.
I was the President of the Institute of Career Guidance in the ‘90s. I then ran organisations that helped people find jobs. I trained as an image consultant specifically so that I could advise job seekers on the best way to present themselves at job interviews.
I ran courses on interview techniques, advising on CVs and application forms and giving mock interviews. I wrote “Managing your career” by Dorling Kindersley in 2002 as Rebecca Tee. My first book for Kogan Page, “Preparing the perfect CV” was written in 1990 under the name Rebecca Corfield. “Successful interview skills” and “Preparing the perfect job application" quickly followed. "The Redundancy Survival Guide" was published in 2009 and my latest book “Knockout job interview presentations” in 2010.
I live in south London with my two children and have worked for myself for over fifteen years. My parents live over the road and my ex-husband lives just around the corner. Voluntary work is important to me and I am a school governor.