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Career Coaching

Kate James is a Melbourne based career coach with over 18 years experience. She’ll work with you to understand your unique values and strengths and to help you find a role that you genuinely love.

Kate’s career coaching is as much about raising your self-awareness and supporting you to be the most authentic version of yourself, as it as about finding a new career direction. Many of Kate’s clients are ready to transition out of corporate into their own creative or wellness startup business.

  • Understand the skills and strengths you most enjoy
  • Explore the career options that feel like the best fit for you
  • Build your career confidence
  • Overcome ‘imposter syndrome’
  • Become a more confident leader
  • Transition into your own creative or wellness startup
  • Create more balance and contentment in your life

Who do you work with?

Kate’s clients are people who know how to fit into mainstream culture but often feel that there’s something missing with a traditional version of success. Some say they suffer from perfectionism, introversion or ‘imposter syndrome’ and many are struggling to create balance in their lives. You can read more about Kate’s ideal client here.

Career coaching sessions

If you feel stuck or overwhelmed about your career direction, Kate will tailor a program to suit your career coaching needs. We generally recommend that you commence with a single session and we’ll create a plan from there.

In your first session, we’ll review your career profiling results and consider the career options that will be the best fit for you. You’ll leave this session with a greater understanding of yourself and at least a few clear goals and action steps.

Some clients find that one session is enough to help clarify career direction. If not, we’ll meet every couple of weeks (generally over a three month period) to review your progress, establish new career objectives and to keep you moving beyond any of your self-limiting beliefs.

Pre-coaching career profiling tools and preparation questionnaires

The career profiling tools will provide insights into your innate strengths and help Kate to understand how you’ll work best together. They’ll give you a better understanding of the stumbling blocks you’re likely to encounter along the way. The prep questionnaires will help you gain clarity about the most important objectives for your career, your life and for the coaching sessions.

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More questions about the career coach program?

What is the difference between a career coach and career counsellor?

Career coaching is similar to career counselling in that you’ll be supported to find a career that you love. Kate’s coaching sessions offer the opportunity to explore your strengths, your values and consider what you want from the whole of your life so you can choose a role that will feel meaningful to you.

Career counselling sessions typically also include psychometric testing, resume writing and interview coaching too. We do offer low-cost career psychometric testing and we’re very happy to review your resume but we’re not specialist resume writers – but we can refer you to someone who is.

Our career coaching program includes interview coaching, confidence coaching and we’ll provide tools from Positive Psychology so you know how to build on your strengths.

I’m not sure if I should do a half-day session or a one-hour session. What would you recommend?

The content of the discovery session and the single session is much the same but the half-day session is a deep-dive intensive that generally focuses on the whole of your life. It’s different in the sense that you’ll get to the heart of things in a single day. After your session, you’re welcome to book additional personal development coaching appointments or a longer-term career coaching program if you need more support.

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 and the clients she usually works 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 coaching clients say

‘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 career coaching 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 career counselling I’ve ever had.’ Executive, Melbourne


‘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 career 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


‘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.’ Executive, Melbourne


‘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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