Hi! I’m Helen
As a career coach and trainer, I believe everyone has the potential to create their own success.
But it’s easy to get stuck on career autopilot and feel like it’s not possible.
Before becoming a career coach, I spent more than two decades in the corporate world training, coaching and motivating smart, ambitious professionals to solve complex problems, face their fears and achieve career success.
If significant career change was easy, you’d have done it already.
Fortunately, with some simple frameworks and tools, it’s possible to get off the career hamster wheel and achieve your career aspirations with confidence.
Does my story sound familiar?
In my 30s, I was living in London, had a busy social life, an awesome corporate job and a great relationship. Thriving on professional recognition, fashionable restaurants and travel to exotic locations, my life looked amazing.
But in reality, I was deeply unhappy and unsure how to change things.
A lot of soul-searching followed.
Without a strategy, I experienced lots of false starts and detours. Eventually I realised always trying to do “the right thing” was what was making me unhappy.
Giving myself permission to follow my own path was a massive relief.
I finally achieved a career I love. It took many years to get here but now I’m more energised and inspired by my work than I’ve ever been.
Are you ready to achieve your professional purpose?
I’ll help you to stop compromising, make changes and create a career that is both meaningful and fun.
My path to becoming a career coach …
My corporate career began in finance and I’ve long been absorbed by data, insights and a love of analytical thinking and problem solving. What set me apart from my finance colleagues was the added interest in human behaviour and my ability to make complex concepts easy to understand.
Work was great but …
For more than 20 years, I held senior roles with leading international and Australian businesses, delivering successful marketing campaigns, product launches and systems transformations. I enjoyed work but increasingly lacked enthusiasm for the projects I worked on. Changing roles and organisations didn’t help.
I needed to discover my purpose …
I spent years searching for a “fix”. Working harder, trying harder but nothing worked.
Coaching led me to realise what I enjoyed most was recognising talent and enabling that talent to flourish and thrive. I knew I’d found my purpose.
My career coaching programs are based on my experience and what I’ve learned …
Using my unique blend of leadership and career coaching skills I’ve developed practical, evidence-based career confidence solutions.
When you engage a career coach, it’s important to select someone who has useful insights about your situation, backed by relevant experience and academic credentials.
I hold the following qualifications –
Certification in Coaching Brilliant Coach Academy
Cert IV in Training & Assessment Victoria University
Master of Marketing RMIT
Bachelor of Economics University of Queensland
Be inspired by what other’s are saying …
I’m no longer letting life happen to me …
Helen helped me realise I was making compromises that were holding me back from the career I wanted. With her support, I’ve defined exactly what I want to do and developed a plan of action to move me in the right direction. Career coaching with Helen has been an insightful and empowering experience.
MelissaSenior Marketing Manager
When Melissa started the coaching program she was feeling fed up and frustrated at work. She loved what she was doing but felt she was “settling”, when she knew she was capable of more. Balancing a busy home life with young children, she felt she was compromising her professional aspirations in order to maintain work/life harmony. Through career coaching, Melissa got clear about what she needed to progress to a more senior role and realised her current position provided the perfect opportunity to acquire that experience. With a clear plan, she is feeling empowered and in control of her career.
You’ve made it this far & you’re still reading?
Here’s a few more things you might find interesting about me …
I’m a recovering “people pleaser” and “perfectionist”
I’ve spent most of my life working really hard to make everyone happy, or more accurately to make people like me. As a little girl, I learnt in order to receive positive feedback and attention I needed to be “good”.
At school and work I poured hours and hours of effort into doing things well and was often devastated by even the smallest piece of negative feedback. Eventually an extended period of time in a toxic work environment left me overwhelmed, exhausted, low on self-esteem and full of self-doubt.
One of the amazing benefits of life experience is the realisation there are many different types of people, it’s simply not possible to please them all. And with this knowledge I commenced my recovery.
It’s still a work in progress but these days I channel my “people pleasing” tendencies into delivering exceptional career coaching experiences for mid-career professionals who’ve invested so much time and effort doing the things others thought they “should” do rather pursuing what’s right for them.
I’m passionate about gender equality and empowering women to reach their full potential
As a child of the 1980s, I never thought I’d have to experience gender discrimination in the workplace. It was a time of women taking on big corporate roles complete with power suits and oversized shoulder pads. And for a large part of my corporate career, I believed I’d been fortunate to escape gender discrimination.
Hindsight however, has shown me, I absolutely did not miss out on this experience. Like many women of my generation, I’ve experienced pay disparity, missed out on promotions to less qualified men and been lewdly and loudly patronised by male colleagues. Once, as the Financial Controller of a large organisation in the UK, I was asked in a performance review about why I’d not stuck around at the end of an event to help “the girls” clean up. I was quite literally dumbstruck and being too inexperienced to know better, I apologised! Only much later did it occur to me that not one other member of the senior leadership team (all male) stayed to help either … were they taken to task in their performance reviews?
There is still so much discrimination alive and well in corporate organisations. The progress made in the 1970s and 80s has not been realised rapidly enough. And, as we’ve seen over the last few years, when women create a movement together change does happen. My mission is to support other women to realise their full potential and continue to dissemble out of date workplaces and structures.
I’m an eager student and love to learn new things
I’ve always been curious about the world around me. I’m obsessed with asking questions and discovering new ideas and concepts. I love the process of learning. Learning is growth and growth leads to accomplishment and improved performance. I’ve gathered a range of qualifications and will continue to add to these in order to provide the best possible service to others.
I’m deeply interested in human potential and behaviour; fascinated by our experiences and the linkages between how we think, feel and act. As an avid reader and podcast listener, I’m constantly motivated and inspired by others in the field of self-development. In the resources section, you’ll find a list of my favourite authors, speakers and podcasters … please enjoy.
I’m fairly certain I have the “wanderlust gene”
And if I don’t have the biological determinant of exploration then I definitely inherited my love of travel from my parents. I was a baby when they first took me overseas and, as such, I’ve always been comfortable with long haul travel. I’ve visited about 40 different countries and lived and travelled extensively in Europe for a significant chunk of my life.
I love the opportunity to see new places and experience different cultures. I see my love of travel as another form of learning. Sometimes travelling can be hard work but it’s from the challenges that we learn so much about ourselves, make the greatest memories and develop the most interesting stories.
PS The global pandemic has definitely been extra challenging for me as I still have a very long bucket list of places to go and things to do! I think I’ll cherish travelling even more in the future.
I’m obsessed with photography but have never managed to move beyond “amateur”
I was still at primary school when I got my first camera which, from memory, was an old camera that belonged to my parents. Off I went, happily snapping anything and everyone and somewhere in my parent’s house all these decades later, many of those pics are still lingering.
In my teens, I saved money from my first job to purchase a “real” camera, a Canon T70. It was my pride and joy, I loved that camera and it captured many seminal moments during my high school and university years. My love of photography languished a little during the 90s but picked right up again with the introduction of digital photography. Today, all my devices are chock full of snaps.
Twice over the years, I’ve completed photography courses hoping that I could harness my interest into something more robust, possibly even professional. Unfortunately, it turns out I don’t have the patience to learn, or more importantly, retain the required information about shutter-speeds, apertures and f-stops.
I understand now, I’ll always be a photography enthusiast and admirer, but never anything more. I share some of my pics on Instagram so keep an eye out for when they pop up there.
As a child, I wanted to be an architect
I’m not sure where it started but around the age of 9-10, I was very keen on being an architect. I used to entertain myself drawing houses and cutting pictures out of magazines of my dream rooms. I loved anything stylistically unusual – think sunken lounges, double-sided chimneys, indoor/outdoor spaces. I flirted with the idea of studying architecture a couple of times but ultimately decided against it.
I’m still inspired by beautiful and functional design, and dream of one day having the opportunity to build the “dream house”. I avidly consume all the build and design series – Selling Houses, Love It or List It, Grand Designs – as well as all the aspirational shows – Million Dollar Listing (NY and LA), Amazing Hotels, Country House Rescue etc. I really am a Lifestyle TV junkie!