Therapist – Helen


Dr Helen Zarod


Job Title:

Therapist/trainer(Diversity, Interpersonal skills, Management…../coach


Describe your job in a couple of sentences:

Working to empower people


When did you know what you wanted to do?

It evolved, following VSO at 18 when I taught in a secondary school and mental hospital in Belize


Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship?

VSO and then university


What was your first job?

Making cups of tea for a men’s outfitters!


Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they

Factory work, waitress, secretary, director of NACRO charity working with 15-18 year olds in danger of going to prison, Race/Gender coordinator at NCVO


Did they influence what you do now?.

Yes, they were all about working with people


How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

Right place/right time to be a trainer; trained to be a therapist and coach


How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

See above.


What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?

Determination, willing to work hard, a love for people


Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

Evaluate what you enjoy/what you have to offer and go for it!


Who inspires you?:

Generous people