Total Balance is a Melbourne and Brisbane based career coach with over 22 years experience. We will help you to understand your unique strengths, develop clarity about your career direction and grow your confidence so that you feel engaged and fulfilled in your role.
- Clarify your career direction.
- Build your self-belief and confidence.
- Learn how to become a more creative and mindful leader.
- Overcome ‘imposter syndrome’.
- Understand your unique strengths.
- Reconnect you with the things you’re passionate about.
- Build authentic relationships.
- Bring creativity into your life, even if it can’t be your career for now.
- Improve your experience in your current workplace.
- Bring a range of passions together to make your life more meaningful.
- Understand how to transition into your own creative startup.
- Create a more balanced and meaningful life.
Who is a career coach for?
Our career coach clients are people who know how to fit into mainstream culture, but sometimes feel that there’s something missing in the traditional version of success. Some say they suffer from perfectionism or ‘imposter syndrome’ and many are struggling to find balance. You can read more about our ideal client here.
The career coach 1:1 program
Your coaching program runs over three-months and includes the following.
Pre-coaching strengths profiling and preparation questionnaires
The profiling tools will provide insights into your innate strengths and give me insights into how we will work best together. We’ll both have a better understanding of the potential stumbling blocks you’re likely to encounter along the way. The prep questionnaires will help you gain clarity on the most important objectives for your career, your life and for the coaching program.
1 x 90-minute strategy session
We’ll review your profiling results and prep questionnaires and start creating a vision for your ideal career, business or life. You’ll leave this session with a greater understanding of yourself and at least a few clear goals and action steps.
4 x 60-minute career coach sessions
We meet every couple of weeks to review your progress, to establish new objectives and to keep you moving beyond any of the limiting beliefs or behaviours that could hold you back. Your coaching program is valid for three months so you can take the time you need to get the most from the program.
5 x workbooks to help you discover and live your purpose
You’ll receive free copies of our comprehensive workbooks to help you discover your values and purpose, overcome your limiting beliefs, define your vision, build resilience, discover your ideal career and if you’re changing roles, to approach the career search process with confidence.
6 x workbooks – Creative Business Mentoring (for those who are transitioning into their own business)
You’ll receive free copies of our comprehensive business mentoring workbooks which include exercises and strategies to help you with your business planning, creating your social media and marketing plan, managing your finances as well as overcoming self-doubt and maintaining balance in your life as you grow your business.
Email and telephone support between sessions
We’ll be here to touch base between sessions to keep you on track and to make sure you feel supported.
Option to continue with single-sessions
We offer ongoing appointments for clients who have completed a coaching program. These can be scheduled at your convenience.
More questions about the career coach program?
I’m not sure if I want to get straight into a program. Can I do a single session?
We are very happy to offer single sessions if you’re not sure about committing to a program. Please get in touch and we’ll send you a link to our online booking calendar.
Do you see clients on the weekends?
Not currently. We have a couple of 5pm timeslots but for the most part, we see clients during business hours. We may be able to work around your requirements if you contact us.
I’m not sure if I should do a half-day session or the career coach program. What would you recommend?
The content of the discovery session and the coaching program is much the same but the half-day session is a deep-dive intensive. It’s different in the sense that you’ll get to the heart of things in a single day. After that, you’re welcome to book a program or a series of single sessions if you need more support. The program is a better option for you if you prefer a bit more time between your sessions to reflect and if you need accountability to help you stay on track.
I’m not that interested in mindfulness. Does that mean you’re the wrong career coach for me?
Not at all. Not everyone we see is interested in mindfulness but it still influences our approach to working with you. Being mindful is really just another way of saying being present, curious, self-aware and non-judgmental. If those qualities appeal, you’ll enjoy working with us. We are not at all dogmatic in our approach and we’re respectful that it might not be everyone’s thing.
If you have more questions, check out our frequently asked questions or find out more about Kate James or Nina Perry and the clients we usually work with. If a coaching program isn’t right for you, maybe a single half-day discovery session with Kate might suit you better.
What our career coach clients say
‘I was hoping to achieve some clarity in regards to what I wanted to get out of my degree and work. Nina was so helpful in working through all my thoughts and ideas and eventually led me to my decision’
‘I can’t recommend the coaching sessions with Kate James highly enough. I was very sceptical about them before starting – imagining they would be full of corporate psychology jargon. But in fact I gained far more from them than I ever imagined, on both a personal and professional level. The sessions are interactive, conducted in a warm and positive manner which encourages honesty and self-reflection, and extremely practical in focus. Their great strength is that they focus on your whole life and the way you live it, not just on your role as a manager. I’ve learned a great deal both in terms of how I lead my life and how I perform in management, the one informing the other. This holistic, down-to-earth approach has been the most helpful and realistic counselling/coaching I’ve ever had.’
‘My expectations were exceeded due to the assistance I received from Nina. She was helpful, understanding and positive. She ‘pulled apart’ my experience and helped me to present it in a more effective way, ready for employment applications. Thank you!’
‘When I began coaching sessions with Kate, I was at a very low point in both my personal and professional life. Kate’s thoughtful guidance has proved to be a turning point. She created an environment of complete trust that allowed me to provide information that was at the heart of the matter. In response, Kate was both kind and firm, as required. Her personal follow ups created a clear set of practical action items, without losing sight of longer term life goals. I have now emerged from my darkness, and Kate’s advice continues to guide me towards a more positive future. I strongly recommend Kate James to join your own personal team.’
Business Professional, Melbourne
‘I’m a lawyer and I approached Kate for career coaching to seek direction about my future practice. Kate was fantastic. Together we worked through the ideas and workshopped the different options available. From our discussion I decided to start my own law firm which was something I previously had not fully considered. I have not looked back. Through this process, Kate offered advice and assistance from the preparation of the business plan and projected earnings to advising on the branding of the business. Without her assistance, I would not have achieved what I did in such a short space of time. Highly recommended.’
Dennis Danaher, Director Danaher Legal
‘A friend suggested I should see Nina about getting clarity with my career direction. The most useful aspect of the process was learning about which career options would suit me. Nina was extremely helpful and understanding. I feel a huge improvement in my confidence and well-being since attending’
‘My thanks to you for your career coaching guidance and direction over the past six weeks. You have provided me with the focus and tools to think deeply and broadly about where I am at and what I want to be and given me insights that have shone a light on what I need to do and how to go about it. It has been a truly rewarding learning experience.’
‘I was referred to Nina by a friend, and I am extremely satisfied with the appointment. Nina was very effective in assisting me, and I was given many great ideas about how to make myself ready for my job interview’
‘Hi Kate, it’s a while now since I’ve seen you, so I hope you remember me. I came to see you in the first half of 2005, when I was working at a big corporate law firm and trying to work out what to do with my life – primarily in a career sense, but, of course, that led to all sorts of other questions. As you may remember, with your encouragement I eventually applied for a different role which fit much better with my personal goals and values.
I was so ready to change directions, but I just couldn’t find a way to do it without that support. And the conversations that we had and the resources you gave me – the questions about values and the books you referred me to – were so helpful then and are still helpful now. I really value the experience of working with you, it has made me appreciate the choices I have so much more and realise that whenever I feel like I’m not where I want to be, I can do something to change it.’
CH, Lawyer, Melbourne
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