Matt Oliver - Career Coaching for Professionals
A career coach and careers advisor, with a specialism in helping professionals who find themselves at a career crossroads or struggling to progress. Having navigated my own career changes from Sky TV lawyer to property business owner to professional career coach I know what it feels like to want more from a career.
My career coaching will help you:
- Identify and overcome your key career challenges
- Explore and decipher your realistic career options
- Gain clarity & confidence to decide your next career move
I predominantly work with clients in Manchester & London.
My clients have included directors, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, partners and mid to senior-level management from a wide range of sectors, including the legal profession and other professional services. Companies my clients have joined, or progressed within, following our career coaching work included Asda, Bentley Motors, Manchester City Football Club, Clifford Chance solicitors, Irwin Mitchell solicitors
I also work with organisations to deliver their outplacement programmes.
Client Feedback & Case Studies
Katie, a 7-year qualified commercial lawyer in London, wanted to explore options for a career change out of the law. Through the career coaching she was able to identify an alternative career path that highly motivated her, and proceed to secure a job she loves in that field:
"After working in law for several years, I reached the stage where I knew I needed a change of direction but had no idea how to bring this change about (or even where to start!).
I, therefore, consulted Matt for some guidance, having read up on his own experience and his style of coaching, and I was ultimately so glad that I did! He has a really open, down-to-earth style which puts you at ease and helps you to clarify your thoughts. After four sessions, I found that I had a renewed sense of purpose and a much more defined idea of what I wanted from my working life.
Using the techniques and prompts Matt demonstrated during our sessions, I was able to identify my particular strengths and needs in terms of potential careers and ultimately found the area that I wanted to move into. I am now looking forward to starting a new job in a few months and am hugely grateful to Matt for giving me the tools and helping me find the confidence to get me to this position."
Katie, Commercial Lawyer, London
Joanna was in a senior professional services role and wanted to explore her options on the same career path and alternative career paths. The coaching process enabled her to get clear on what she wanted from the next stage of her career and supported her in carving out a great sideways move position:
“After 15 years in one area, I was looking for a change of role and a new challenge.
Matt helped me to examine what I really wanted from my job, and also to recognise what I had to offer in a new field. With his help and support, I was able to secure a job working for the same employer in a project management role. This is exactly the field I was interested in and offers me the challenge that I want alongside the balance that I need.
Working with Matt gave me the time, space and confidence to consider my requirements, skills and options and ultimately to make the right choice for me.”
Joanna Bromhead, Professional Services
Rachel was a senior barrister who came to coaching after several years out as a full-time mum. She was seeking to return into the workplace & balance this with family life. She had this to say:
"Having never had coaching before I was unsure of how beneficial it would be. However, having been away from work for a number of years due to family commitments I felt very unfocused and at a loss as to how to return and indeed what form of work to return to.
A friend suggested coaching and I engaged Matt as I felt his legal background would give him some context for our work together.
When I started the sessions I had barely any focus and low confidence. However, with Matt's assistance in helping me to work through the challenges I was facing (some real and some perceived) I found that focus and crucially the confidence that I was lacking.
If you want a coach that will tell you what to do and what to think then Matt's style will not suit. His strength is in giving you the space and direction to answer your questions for yourself.
After only 3 sessions I had a newfound enthusiasm and a real sense of direction. Soon after our last session, I was offered a fantastic job opportunity, something I would not have thought possible before I started the coaching.
I then had 3 subsequent sessions to work on my confidence and these have also been hugely beneficial.
The investment of time and money has been very well worth it and the coaching has been of huge benefit to me in my return to the legal profession. I can highly recommend Matt and his coaching style."
Rachel, Senior Barrister
I worked with Simon when he was working at DWF & planning a significant career change into lecturing & social enterprise. He had this to say about my coaching programme:
"Throughout my career, I have worked with a number of coaches so I knew that coaching could be an effective personal development tool. However, when I engaged Matt as my coach the true power of coaching was really unlocked for me.
Matt was open, professional, empathic and organised – his non-judgmental style really forced me to seek answers /solutions to challenges I thought I did not know the answer to, which is where the real power of coaching lies for me, finding the answers for yourself.
I made significant improvements in the areas I wanted to focus on and I put that down to Matt and his coaching style.
As a personal and professional development tool, I found Matt’s coaching the most effective process in my 20 plus years as a professional. Highly recommended."
Simon Price, DWF
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate coaching qualification accredited to Senior Practitioner Level with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.
Graduate of the longest-standing International Coaching Federation-accredited career change coach training in Europe.
Over a decade of career coaching and career strategy experience.
Areas of coaching I deal with
The first step is for us to book in a free, no-obligation consultation (over the phone, internet or face to face) to get to know each other a little and decide if we're a good fit for some coaching.
In this, you can explain where you are and what you are looking for from coaching. We then agree a suitable coaching programme for you, including an agreement on fees.
Time of Sessions
I am flexible around session times, which can include outside of working hours.
When I'm Not Working
I'm a regular gig-goer and my long-standing passion for travel means I try to regularly visit different parts of the globe, including an extended back(or flash-)packing trip each year.
My body is also holding up and letting me still play football and attempt half-marathons and triathlons. You can also find me walking or driving our classic MG in the country.
All of this alongside doting on, and trying to keep up with, an energy-filled young daughter...