- Are you feeling stuck in your career?
- Do you need help to make an important career decision?
- Have you recently been made redundant?
- Suddenly found yourself out of work?
- Feeling frustrated after sending out countless C.V’s and getting nothing back?
- Are you trying to return to work after a maternity or career break?
- Want to change direction but you’re not sure what you want to do or where to start?
- Looking for advice on how to write a strong C.V and put together a cover letter?
- Need help with interview skills techniques and building up your confidence?
- Do you need some help setting up or improving your Linked In profile?
Taking that first step and recognising you need to ask for some help can be really daunting - let me reassure you that's the hardest step - I can help you with all of these things.
I am a professional Career Coach based in Gerrards Cross, South Buckinghamshire. I provide individual and confidential support in all aspects of Career Transition and Career Change.
I am absolutely passionate about helping people make informed choices and decisions about their careers and specialise in supporting people who are in that 'mid-life transition' when personal and family circumstances change and it's time to start focusing on what's right for them!
Having spent over 20 years working at the BBC, I decided to follow my passion and step out of my Recruitment and Coaching career to set up my own Career Coaching business. 8 years on and with over 10 years Coaching experience I am now helping people to find theirs.
With so many of my clients looking at the prospect of working much longer now, the focus on having a job you love is more important than ever!
I work with some of the most highly respected and recognised Career Outplacement Companies in the UK, including supporting Service Leavers transitioning out of the UK's Armed Forces. I facilitate Career Transition workshops and offer individual Career Coaching.
Career Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as:
“Partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self discovery
- Elicit client generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential”
In summary, successful Career Coaching is all about exploring career options creatively and unlocking personal potential, enabling clients to developing a strategy to achieve their goals. It is not about telling clients what they should do! It is particularly effective for individuals who feel they are at a cross-roads in their career and need help to find a suitable direction. Those who are finding it difficult to make the transition they want or for those who are unable to identify the changes they need to make in order to succeed.
Through using effective coaching techniques, I help guide individuals through a number of stages, to help them identify their 'transferable skills', strengths and aspirations. We work together to identify and break down career barriers and start building positive steps forward. Together we map out achievable and realistic goals and build an action plan for the short, medium and long term.
Finding a Career Coach is also a very personal, and for some, brave, option to consider. So, it is really important to find one who you feel comfortable with. With this in mind, I offer an initial telephone consultation free of charge.
Have a look at my website and linked in profile for more information, or just contact me through my website and I will get back to you within 48 working hours.
Training, qualifications & experience
- A full member of the Association for Coaching
- A full member of the Career Development Institute
- Coaching Certificate with CCS (Career Counselling Services)
- CDI Registered Professional
- Level 6 Diploma Career Guidance & Development
- Level 4 Diploma Career Information & Advice
- NVQ level 4 Business Management
- ASE & SHL Level A and B Psychometric Testing
- Career Counselling Training (CCS – Career Counselling Services)
- Introduction in Neuro Linguistic Programming
Association for Coaching
The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
- Coaching clients to learn how to write strong and effective CV's, cover letters
- Coaching clients through the full application process to interview
- Interview techniques including mock interviews
- Managing Change and Transformation in the workplace
- Networking techniques and tapping in to the hidden job market
- Making the most of Linked In
I also run bespoke training courses for organisations or small groups. These can be completely tailored to meet the needs of the client. Here is some recent feedback from a 2 day workshop I did for a Public Service department going through a TUPE transfer and needed support on change in the workplace as well as interview techniques and CV writing:
"Such an informative workshop where I have learnt so much about how to move forward, but mostly now having the knowledge and confidence to be in the best version of me! Thanks to the knowledge I have gained from this workshop.”
“I will use what I have learnt to create my new C.V”
“What a brilliant workshop!”
“I found the 2 days really useful and learnt lots!”
“I very much enjoyed the workshop. It was set at a good pace and Karen is extremely helpful and good at what she does. I look forward to working with her again.”
“Brilliant workshop. Lots to take away, think about and work on. Good handouts. Great – thank you Karen!”
“A great confidence boosting 2 days!”
“An excellent 2 days which has provided the team with practical ideas to support them at this tricky time of change. The team responded well to Karen’s personable facilitation style and participated in the discussions and activities"
I offer a free telephone consultation (up to 45 minutes) to discuss individual needs and to ascertain what and how much support is required.
There are no specific programmes to tie clients in to set fees.
Sessions are built around the clients needs and agreed in line with individual requirements, needs and levels of support.
A 60 minute session will cost £89 (C-Suite and above will be slightly higher) There are no hidden or additional costs.
If you require virtual / off line support such as support viewing and improving your CV or Linked In profile, each virtual hour will be charged at £79 per hour.
“Karen was assigned to provide Outplacement Support following my departure from a previous employer, and her engagement and support was invaluable throughout the entire process. Karen was extremely empathetic and an exceptional listener, providing sound advice concerning my CV and LinkedIn profile, following which enhancements were made to refine my profile.
My approach to job hunting was questioned, therefore I adjusted my approach and benefits were yielded overnight. My proposed actions were challenged, always in a candid yet professional manner, which prompted me to question my own thought process. Even after I had secured a new role, Karen continued to surpass my expectations and provided advice regarding how to make an impression with my new employer from day one.
If you are considering engaging with Karen for the plethora of services she offers, I ask you to consider no more and simply do it! You will not be disappointed. “
“I started working with Karen after feeling trapped in my job and having no idea which way to run. She quickly helped me to identify the skills I had as well as focus on where I wanted to go and who I’d need to speak to in order to get there. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reconnecting with former industry colleagues and Karen’s advice helped restore my faith in my own ability.
Within a very short space of time I managed to repair a damaged relationship with my boss to land the job I wanted within my own organisation. When I’m ready to move on I will definitely be contacting Karen for support with my CV and interview techniques. She’s friendly, supportive and incredibly knowledgeable.
I would recommend her to anyone stuck in a rut –career coaching has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made.”
“I got in touch with Karen after I had a REALLY bad 2nd interview for a job. You know the feeling… Words not coming out right, embarrassed, stressed out, confidence hit, etc. Even though I’d prepared I just wasn’t ready for the type of tricky competency based questions that were fired at me. I didn’t want to go through that horrendous experience again!
Karen helped me do a postmortem of the interview, how I’d handled it and how I’d ended up getting into the state I did during it and the reasons why. She then gave me some fantastic, simple techniques on how to prepare for competency based interviews. She explained it all in such a simple and understandable way that it all fell into place and made perfect sense.
I had the one hour session with Karen about 3 years ago and since then EVERY job interview I’ve had has gone well. In fact, over the past 18 months I’ve had three interviews and have been offered every job. At one point I had to choose between them! I now have a great job working on Emmerdale for ITV and I’m extremely happy.
Without Karen’s training I really wouldn’t have achieved this!”