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From Frustrated expat Job Hopper to Thriving Career Coach: My Journey


Hello there,

I'm Fatou Barry, a 34-year-old Franco-Guinean with a passion for helping talented multilingual professionals and expats find their dream jobs. My own journey has been an exhilarating ride, from being an expat in Cork, Ireland, to founding my career coaching & consulting business Top of the Pile. Join me as I share the pivotal moments that shaped my career path and mission.

Finding clarity amidst uncertainty

Back in June 2014, I embarked on an adventure that would define the next eight years of my life. My destination? Ireland, a land of green fields and opportunities. I started my journey as a Tech Advisor for Apple, ready to embrace a new culture and language. Little did I know that this move would ignite a deep passion for helping others navigate their career paths.


However, despite the picturesque landscapes and friendly faces, I found myself hopping from one job to another—seven times in eight years, to be precise. The constant change left me frustrated and unfulfilled. I knew there had to be more to my career than this relentless cycle.


The birth of Top of the Pile

In December 2017, I reached a breaking point. I decided to leave my well-paid but unfulfilling job at a renowned company. Determined to find happiness in my career, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery, guided by a wonderful life coach. It was during this time that my mission became clear—to help highly talented yet frustrated professionals land their dream jobs.


In July 2019, I officially launched Top of the Pile, marking the beginning of my mission. My ambition was to create a coaching and consulting business dedicated to ambitious, multilingual millennials. I wanted to empower fellow expats who had left their homes in pursuit of fulfilling work but found themselves stuck in unfulfilling "multilingual" jobs.


Having experienced this frustration firsthand, I was on a mission to boost the confidence of my fellow expats. I wanted to show them that they were more than just non-native English speakers with charming accents. My goal was (and still is) to inspire them to pursue the jobs they truly desired, regardless of language barriers. After all, no one leaves their home country to be miserable at work.


The Journey Continues

In April 2023, I embraced a new chapter as a full-time business owner. Top of the Pile is evolving rapidly. We're deep in the midst of rebranding, anticipating a fresh website by mid-September 2023. We're also revamping our services and courses to better cater to our clients' needs, and I've taken on the role of team leader for the first time.


In just four years since founding this venture, I've had the privilege of helping numerous private clients secure their dream jobs, spanning Ireland, France, Germany, the UK, and the Middle East. Alongside this, I've conducted countless workshops and masterclasses, reaching hundreds of international participants hailing from an astounding 51 countries.


This transformation journey is a testament to the unwavering support of Katie, the inspiration drawn from fellow entrepreneurs in her Mastermind, and the trust bestowed upon me by clients.


Five months ago, I took the leap into full-time entrepreneurship, and today, I find myself busier than ever. All the while, I'm honing my skills as an apprentice matchmaker. 


I'm over the moon about this fresh direction we're taking. Who would've thought that my business name would still vibe with matchmaking? Life is full of surprises!


As I continue to learn and grow, I look forward to the path ahead. My mission remains unwavering: to empower talented individuals to find work they love and embark on their best expat life. Whether you're an expat, a multilingual professional, or anyone on the quest for your dream job or partner, know that I'm here to support you.


Thank you for reading my story. 


With gratitude,

Fatou Barry




 

Meet Fatou Barry
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I'm Fatou Barry, a 34-year-old Franco-Guinean with a passion for helping talented multilingual professionals and expats find their dream jobs. My own journey has been an exhilarating ride, from being an expat in Cork, Ireland, to founding my career coaching & consulting business Top of the Pile. Join me as I share the pivotal moments that shaped my career path and mission.






 









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