Former PR consultant, self-employed upholsterer and now qualified as a transformational life coach and graduate chartered psychologist (MBPsS) helping young adults fulfil their potential.
After a degree in English at Durham University, Alex spent 5 years working in PR, followed by a stint as an upholsterer, but soon realised her talents and interests lay with mentoring & coaching.
She spent a number of years mentoring a young child for Kids Company, having a received a certificate in Psychotherapy and this then led her to studying for a Msc in Applied Psychology and a diploma in Transformational Coaching. Further volunteering work included collaboration with IntoUniversity, coaching students to improve motivation, organisation and self-confidence and supporting career planning , interviews and job applications.
Married with 3 grown-up children she has experienced first-hand the issues that young adults face and is passionate about helping them fulfil their potential and guide them through other issues around quarter life crisis, career change, self-esteem, motivation and work stress.
My Most Influential Book: “Educated” by Tara Westover
My Favourite Quote: ‘The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose’. by J. Martin Kohe
Someone I admire: Nancy Kline
“Thank you so so much for all your help, and giving me the confidence to figure our the right path for me! As you can tell I’m over the moon, and so grateful for all our work together, which is hopefully leading me to wonderful career in horticulture.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I always love seeing you and I always feel 100x better and clearer and better about everything. I appreciate all your help and advice; it has honestly been so priceless!”
“Words cannot be written to explain how grateful we are for helping Katie at this critical stage”
“I can honestly say that the thorough and detailed assessment of the results far surpassed anything I had previously experienced”
“It couldn’t have come at a better time or me”
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and helping me change. I owe you so much and am very grateful.”
All our programmes are designed around your personal needs, your goals and the challenges you wish to overcome. We match your requirements to the expert member(s) of our team to get you the right support – whether it is career direction, confidence building, personal branding or interview preparation – and work around your diary.
Each session is typically between one and two hours, but the length depends on the nature and range of the discussion. Sessions are supported with email and texts and homework is often given to make maximum progress.
An initial one to one coaching session, lasting 90-120 minutes, starts at £300. Subsequent sessions cost from £195. In most cases our clients invest between £300 – £700 in a coaching programme tailored to their specific needs.
A career coach helps you identify, set and achieve your goals. We all achieve so much more if we are very clear about where we want to get to, but so often job searching can simply be a ‘scatter gun’ of applications.
A career coach helps you clarify your strengths, motivations, interests and skills and identify a career path(s) (which sectors, activities,) that suit you; highlight any skills you might need to develop (e.g. interviewing, networking) and works with you to develop the tools you need (e.g. CV writing) to secure a great job.
The style will depend on what you the client want to achieve and your preferred style. Some people like a challenging and stretching style; others a more supportive and encouraging style. The free consultation with Catherine our Director of Client Relations will help you choose which coach is right for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
Yes, you would certainly benefit from career coaching if you don’t know what you want to do, which path would suit you and how you can find it. Having a career coach is the best investment you can make.
If however you know exactly what you want and how to find it, then you don’t need a career coach.
However, if there are other areas in your life that are not exactly how you’d like them e.g. money/finance, work/life balance; family/friends; health/wellbeing, then a Forward life coach can help.
Our Forward coaches help you find a clear path to the life you want most.
We help you increase your self-awareness – of your strengths so you can maximise them and your weaknesses so you can address them. Self-awareness is one of the most sought-after skills of today’s employers.
Our Forward coaches help you build confidence and support you to develop key skills.
Your Forward coach is your trusted partner who helps expand your thinking and gain perspective and clarity about your objectives. Your coach is non-judgemental and has no agenda other than to help you be the best you can be.
Elite athletes, singers and top executives all have coaches to help them achieve and maintain their peak performance. Isn’t it time you had one too?
- We have an outstanding track record of delivering results
- We are experts on the challenges and opportunities experienced by 18-30-year olds
- We’re great value for money
- We have coaches to suit every individual.
- We use proven world-class tools to help you achieve your goals
- Our extensive networks help you explore career paths and get to talk to professionals in their fields so you can learn about what working in different sectors and industries really looks like
When you invest in your future with Forward you’re also making great things happen in the world. Forward is a member of B1G1—Business for Good
A life coach works with you to look at all aspects of your life; this can include career; romance; money; health/wellbeing and you chose which element (or more than one) you’d like to focus on and improve.
Coaching is very much goal focused (rather than therapy which is often addressing past traumas and other issues) so you can achieve your individual potential.
A coach helps you achieve the best you.
In addition to knowing what path you want to pursue, the most important things employers are now looking for are the ‘soft skills’ including confidence and motivation, resilience and emotional intelligence – things our current education system does not cover.
A career coach will help you define your career direction, ensure you have the tools to make the best applications, shine at interviews and build your key soft skills too.
18-35 is a guideline. We do work with younger people still in education perhaps struggling with exam pressures, general anxiety, and other challenges and we do work with people older than 35. However, we have found that people mid-30s + have different challenges, best served by our sister company Rutbusters www.rutbusters.org