I engaged Katie for coaching as part of my current career break. I was feeling a little beaten up from a professional point of view and needed to regain some lost confidence before thinking about joining the job market again.
Together we worked on understanding what my strengths are, exploring my values and getting clarity on what I am looking for next. I'll admit that I struggled with introspection at the first but Katie made it feel very natural and suggested some exercises that helped me to focus. I always looked forward to our sessions as I learnt from each and every one of them and felt uplifted afterwards.
Katie is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is hugely engaging whilst also being appropriately challenging, a balance not easily found but Katie is a natural.
The sessions have more than restored my lost confidence. They have completely changed my view on how I will be approaching my job search in the future by having a much clearer understanding of what’s important to me. I am feeling much more positive about the job search and shall, without doubt, be looking to work with Katie on that too.
I can’t recommend Katie highly enough!
Jackie - airline/travel sector
I had been wanting to change sectors for some time and needed an opportunity to rethink my skill set and what I wanted from the next stage of my career. Working with Katie, at Elevate Careers, was an instrumental part of this. She was supportive, knowledgeable and most importantly for me, motivational. Through coaching, 1-1s and reworking my CV for different sectors, I was able to define what I wanted from my next role and place myself in a much stronger position to make a career shift.
I’m pleased to say that the work we undertook together soon produced results and I secured a new role in a new sector, making the shift into a organisation that I feel passionate about.
Katie was supportive throughout the process, and genuinely invested in helping me make the changes I desired. It is a competitive job market out there but having someone skilled to work with, to collaborate ideas with, who is championing you throughout the process really helps to produce results.
I highly recommend working with Katie if you have been wanting to rethink your career, change roles or sector.
Katy - arts sector
I came to coaching because I’d been feeling unfulfilled by my career for a long time! I knew there was something better for me but felt unclear on how to work out what that was.
Katie and I spent several sessions going into my values and strengths, a lot more than I had anticipated, and it was highly beneficial. It brought up a lot for me on my discomfort in acknowledging strengths. Katie challenged and probed in a really effective way which allowed me to challenge myself and recognise the limiting beliefs I was holding onto.
We then had sessions discussing career options that align with my values and enable me to use my strengths. From there I was able to tackle the more practical assessment and researching of these options.
Ultimately, the experience gave me more clarity, more confidence and certainty with what I really want next in my career. And I am grateful for Katie's support in getting me to this place.
I would highly recommend Katie as a career coach. She is friendly, reliable, clear and direct - I think exactly the combination of skills and abilities needed for a good coach. I would always look forward to our conversations, it was an absolute pleasure working together.
Dawn - financial services sector
Katie is an excellent coach and career adviser, she really helped me figure out my next step after I lost my job. I had been leading a large retirement research project at a large insurance company and wanted to continue working to build age-inclusive workplaces so that older workers continue to have options for the future. This is a very specialist area with not a lot of obvious career options.
Katie coached me through the process. She helped me clarify exactly what I wanted to do and what I could offer a future employer. Together, we worked on a plan to keep my profile top of mind among my network, while at the same time updating my CV and LinkedIn presence. We explored options for me to work with companies on a different basis than I had in the past so that I could demonstrate the value I could bring to hiring me. It worked and I now have my dream job working as CEO for ProAge a charity in the UK whose aim is to help companies create age inclusive workplaces.
Katie has a natural coaching style. She is patient and encouraging while at the same time not afraid to hold your feet to the fire and challenge preconceived ideas you may have. Katie gives generously of her time and her expertise and takes a great interest in her clients. She has followed up with me on several occasions after our sessions were over to see how my job search was going offering additional support and encouragement as needed.
Mike - not-for-profit sector
Talking to Katie has helped me enormously - she got me to really define what I am actually good at and to focus my job search only on the jobs that I know I want to do. And when you're searching for a job - that's tough - your goal is 'get a job' not 'get the right job'.
Katie coached me through how to re-market myself, focus on what I needed to and splice out the unwanted. We've gone through competency questions - how to answer them, helping me sift through the myriad of examples I had. I've had 18 months of contract work as I couldn't find the right role - and within weeks of my re-focus, it looks like I have an offer coming in.
Katie is the sane, supportive voice you need; she listens to you and rapidly pinpoints what to target and how to focus to achieve it.
Vanessa - retail sector
I found the coaching experience with Katie extremely beneficial. It provided me with some much-needed accountability, enabling me to pursue my goal with support and encouragement.
Katie’s ability to ask the right questions (ones I wouldn’t have thought to ask myself) helped me to move forward far quicker than I could have done by myself. She strikes just the right balance between being warm and encouraging and offering challenge and feedback. Her coaching helped me to make changes to my behaviour and have fostered in me a self-belief and a belief in my abilities that I didn’t have previously.
I’d have no hesitation in recommending Katie as a coach and I’ll be back for more if I feel myself needing a gentle push and some motivation to achieve future goals!
Hannah - education sector
I came to work with Katie as I was feeling stuck in my current place in life, both professionally and personally. I was conscious that I needed to make a change, but wasn’t exactly sure what that should be, how to meet my needs and that of my family, while also believing I had what it took to make a turn in life.
Katie approached our sessions in a matter that both challenged me, gave me space to reflect on my needs and wants, while also helping re-build the confidence I had lost. This was then followed by targeted work to restructure my CV and prepare me for interviews.
I am really happy to say that I am now moving on to a whole new phase in life, taking up a PhD scholarship and moving to a new country! A big adventure ahead, but one I know was made possible with the support and guidance that I gained through my time with Katie.
Thank you so very much!
Sarah - charity sector