Kate, Marketing and Business Development Manager, August 2019
Finding yourself suddenly redundant after 25 years with the same employer and the sole breadwinner in a household with 2 school age children was a terrifying experience.
Looking back, the first thing I should have done was seek professional help in acquiring a new job, but I tackled CV writing, employment agencies, job seeking, social media resources etc myself...to no avail.
The process of not only 'finding a job' but actually disseminating exactly what that job could be and how to go about applying optimum skills and resources in securing it is what Amanda does best. These are skills you simply cannot pick up online or quickly learn, and Amanda's considerable depth of experience here has been key.
I can honestly say I wasted 3 months floundering in the jobs market, which had changed unrecognisably since my last experience and, looking back, it was naive to attempt this on my own. The process is a skilled one so why wouldn't you get the right sort of professional and experienced assistance, not only in planning and directing your own career, but the career you are compatible with: the career you should have.
Having said this, there are myriad individuals and organisations available to you in this field. I had a few recommendations, I emailed my exacting requirements to all of them. Rejecting the perfunctory responses from several organisations, I found Amanda and had an initial chat with her. From the start I found her approach empathetic with the right amount of motivation that worked at my pace and an understanding of my situation and its many moods that positively led me out of a professional rabbit hole to restore my confidence, pinpoint my skill sets (this was more than rewarding both personally and professionally) direct my resources and, ultimately help me find and embrace a new career.
I will be staying in touch with Amanda, she has been a positive force and an inspirational mentor.
Caroline, market analyst, July 2019
I decided to take the plunge and walk away from a role that I had been in for 13 years. With a young family and the daily pressures of the role I decided it was time to take a short career break and explore my options. The fact that I had been in the same role for so long also made me realise how much I began hating my job but I guess I was in my comfort zone. Amanda was recommended to me by a friend and I thought if I needed to make a change I would need some help and advice. It was a daunting task stepping away from my job but I knew it was the right thing to do. Amanda helped me from day one, giving me the confidence to realise that I can explore my options, by looking closely at the skill set I had built over the years and what other things I can achieve. Amanda was able to guide me in putting together a CV, a task I was dreading because it had been so long since I had done one! Working with Amanda really gave me the boost I needed to get out there and look for something new. Amanda is a good listener and was able to relate to my experience. Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life!
Eric, Procurement Manager
I approached Amanda after reading one of her articles on work - life balance. It felt exactly as if it was talking to me directly. Work had not become difficult or unpleasant, but I felt unchallenged, stale, bogged down by routine and unfulfilled. Working with Amanda has helped me to order my thoughts and personal values. I realised that working in the industry for 20 years did not necessarily mean that I could not transfer my skills to a dream close to my heart that would benefit my family and the community.
There is proper homework to do to build a solid plan and Amanda is there at every single step to help you on your journey. Thank you again.
Based on a couple of friends recommendations, I contacted Amanda after years of being off work in order to find what I wanted to do as a career. She has been brilliant! She has been able to clarify for me what was important in my life, the type of jobs that would be suitable for me and which studies and training I should get into, and I am now really enjoying the whole new me. She has been a perfect coach. I can not recommend her enough.
Amanda provided friendly support, understanding and offered thought provoking exercises that helped make an important decision. I took the leap from the corporate world in favour of chasing my dream life. Amanda offered clarity amongst the fog of motherhood and the work-life juggle. I feel relieved, energised and look forward to starting a new chapter. Thank you.
Susannah, former marketing manager
Jelena, service manager
I began working with Amanda at a time when I have decided to make a career change. Amanda prepared me for a major employment transition and supported me through the changes and in addition, she assisted me in acquainting myself in establishing the life and work balance. My experience working with Amanda has been insightful, motivational and profoundly helpful. Amanda asked the right questions assisting me to understand my present career situation and to make correct and sensible choices; she has helped me to focus and prioritise by challenging me to rise to a higher potential. I have always looked forward to my conversations with Amanda. She is able to strike a unique balance of careful listening with sharing her wealth of experience and ideas. She quickly pinpoints the main aspects of a situation and does offer helpful solutions or questions to ponder. Amanda exhibits a unique sense of interest in my life and her insights and direction are always on target but she is also willing to ask difficult questions which need to be addressed. I felt very supported and encouraged in the attainment of my goals and aspirations. I feel privileged and fortunate to have had her as a career coach.
Martin - IT Project Manager
"Amanda approached my career aspirations from an individual, personal point of view. She enabled me to refactor my career goals and helped me highlight my strengths and skills and ensure potential recruiters would be drawn by the skilful use of keywords. I am now very pleased to have found a new, exciting role."
Jemma - Aspiring publisher
"Amanda is a brilliant careers coach and a fantastic person! She’s really helped me set myself clear career goals so that I can progress and feel totally comfortable and confident about making a huge career change! She always comes across very professional but also shows heaps of compassion and genuine interest in everyone she helps along the way. I can’t recommend her enough professionally, and on a personal level I wish her all the best in everything she does."
Viorika - Care manager
"I would like to say thank you to Amanda for your help, coaching and support; without which I would not have been able to succeed in my ambition to move to a team leader role. I would thoroughly recommend Amanda to anyone who has been struggling to get interviews or succeed at them. She has a very professional manner and provided really helpful feedback and coaching that helped me reflect on my performance and improve. The sessions I had with her boosted my confidence which was a huge asset during the interview. I got the job too!"
Theresa - teacher
"I was so impressed with the professionalism, knowledge, care and time I was given from Amanda. She not only helped me with my CV and letter of application but also gave me great advice for the interview. I was not only successful with my application and interview but now have a great CV for future ventures. Thank you!"
Tina - finance officer
"Amanda has been amazing to work with, she made me feel safe being open with my thoughts and made them feel valid. She had a professional approach but also had a relaxed atmosphere which made it easier to talk. She helped me understand why I'm not happy in my current workplace and understand myself better which helped me find a direction to work towards. I felt our sessions have gave me a clear direction and also helped me find ways to better myself."
Georogia - Events Manager
"After giving birth to my daughter, I felt totally lost and didn't know what to do professionally. Amanda helped me find my career path and supported me every step of the way! I love working with her!"
Darren - aspiring career changer
"Amanda is a fantastic career coach, she really knows her stuff. Amanda knew exactly how to draw out my skills and helped me recognise how to package them and sell myself. I went with the 8 session package which was great value. Amanda expertly got to grips with what I needed and provided support and encouragement throughout. I came away with the confidence and mind set I needed to help me on the road to a new career, not to mention a killer CV and Linkedin profile. Amanda is professional, approachable, practical and knowledgeable - in short she is the full package! I couldn’t recommend her highly enough."