Throw off the mask
Trust your inner wisdom
Career Coaching with Mel Ward
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What I Offer
Here’s what I do. For more information, click on the orange buttons below or get in touch using the contact form.
Coaching for Managers
This 1-to-1 coaching offer is tailor made around you. Do you want to develop and reinforce your natural strengths and management style? Solve a specific problem in your team or hierarchy? We start with a complimentary discovery session to check we’re a good match, to discuss the topic(s) you’re bringing to coaching and to answer your questions. All being well, we’ll then meet twice a month (or more frequently to start with). 1-to-1 coaching sessions are by live video, so we’ll meet wherever you are.
Coaching for Growth
Do you want to address a challenge in your working life and through it grow both personally and professionally? Perhaps you’re seeking a promotion? Do you want to free up time in your chaotic working week? Change career? Start and grow a business? Uncover your talents or overcome a weakness that’s been holding you back? We start with a complimentary discovery session to check we’re a good match, to discuss your topic(s) for coaching and to answer your questions. We’ll meet twice a month (or more frequently to start with). 1-to-1 coaching sessions are by live video.
Start a Career
Are you lost career-wise and unsure on which route to take? Are you struggling with an application and feel you can’t move forward? Would you like to discover your unique strengths and talents and succeed in a competition or interview to land your dream job? I help my clients reach their ideal career destination. Benefit from my experience on three sides of the table – as a coach, candidate and recruiter. Added bonuses: I’m an ex-economist and a native English speaker. 1-to-1 coaching sessions are by live video.1-to-1 coaching sessions are by live video.
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What’s Career Coaching?
Career Coaching is about closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be in your career. Coaching helps you get clear on what you really want in this vital area of your life. It helps you to get unstuck, set a clear direction, move past barriers and (re)gain motivation and momentum. You take positive action to address any frequent sources of irritation, stress, dissatisfaction, or boredom in your typical working day. You challenge your current thoughts and habits to create more joyful work experiences. Career coaching is about creating new opportunities and shifting from being a pawn in your circumstances to being the queen (or king) of them.
What does a Career Coach do?
A Career Coach helps you to identify the best career path for you and find out if anything’s holding you back from it. I listen and ask questions. I’ll help you discover what you want and paint a vision for your future. I’ll help you build self-awareness, develop your strengths, and fulfil your potential. Together, we’ll identify action steps towards your personal and professional goals. This is not just about climbing ladders or seeking new horizons. It’s about creating a better working environment – along a huge variety of dimensions! – today. In short, through career coaching, I help you create the work-life you want.
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Do you need a Coach?
Do you achieve yourself into roles and routines that risk burning you out? Are you kind-hearted and courageous and could do almost anything, yet feel stuck mostly doing what other people want and need? Have you lost “you” along the way and have forgotten or sidelined your goals, dreams and what you need? Do you have a hard time finding your inner voice and especially trusting what it says? Deep down, do you know you have to address or change something – you’re just trying to summon the courage or energy to make that change? Are you frequently longing for something specific or simply something better? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then reach out for a complementary discovery session.
What’s my style?
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I partner with you to determine the objectives of your career coaching overall and of each coaching session. What do you want to focus on? Do you have a specific problem, annoyance or dilemma you’d like to work through? Where would you most like to experience change? Do you have a specific goal you’d like to reach? or a new vision you’d like to create?
Together, we explore any problems, barriers and doubts holding you back. Using a variety of techniques, we’ll look at ways to broaden options and to break through anything making you feel stuck. We’ll apply curiosity, creativity and skill to design optimal new ways for you to show up in your working life.
We identify a plan to enable you to move forward and you’ll start taking steps. These should have you making steady progress in the right direction for you. If and where necessary, we refine and review. Once you’ve achieved what you want, we might still meet occasionally to ensure you’re still on track. You’ll find that the positive progress you’re making spills over and benefits other areas of your life too.
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Here are my credentials: After university studies in Economics and Psychology, I became an academic on career-related issues, with over 50 publications to my name. A few years later, I branched out into policy-making and advising top & senior management in three international institutions. Now, I help my clients navigate their working lives as a career coach. I’m an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Gallup certified Strengths Coach and a certified Martha Beck Coach (Harvard professor, best-selling author and coach).
Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
Certified Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach
MA Hons, MSc & PhD Degrees in Economics
Over 20 years of Experience in International Institutions
Specialist in Employment & Career issues
2 years of study in Psychology at St. Andrews University
Why choose Live in Wisdom?
I’ll be your thought-partner, ally, and accountability-board
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I’m a deep listener. I bring with me a non-judgemental, intentional, in-the-moment awareness. I hold space for you to safely and openly discuss your topic. I ask questions. Through career coaching, we work together, in a supportive, constructive and creative process.
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made JUST for you
We work on the topics and issues that you identify. Every career coaching session is different and unique. The techniques and approaches I use are entirely tailored and personalised to you and the issues at hand. I’ll give you feedback, hold you to account and challenge you when needed.
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Our career coaching sessions will identify action steps. Between sessions, I encourage you to check-in, to record and share your wins, to give progress reports. You’ll have my continued e-mail support – for taking those steps, for updates and for feedback.
We’re not a good match if you’re not ready to own your future, accept a challenge, dig deep inside yourself, and put in the work.