Are you at a career crossroads?
Returning to work after maternity break?
Or, stuck in a dead-end job?
There are many reasons for thinking about a career change. Perhaps you want to find a role that is more aligned with your values, strengths and skills. Maybe you would like to make a more active contribution to the greater good. Being a mum has made you see the world through different eyes, and now more than ever, you would like to spend your precious time doing something worthwhile. And much more is at stake. After all, you want to make the right decision for yourself – and your family.
BUT, re-thinking your career can bring up a lot of questions and uncertainties. Who am I now, and where do I point myself? What is my identity aside from being a mother? How can I reach the next level professionally? How can I be a good mum, have a fulfilling career AND thrive personally?
It’s niggling at you. Perhaps you are feeling more anxious and agitated than usual. Your head is whirling with thoughts and ideas, but nothing has yet translated into action. Overthinking plus juggling family life have left you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and unsure of which direction to take.
You may have had conversations with friends or family and received well-meaning advice, but this is often subjective and not addressing the real questions. Wanting to find out what others ‘are up to’, you start checking out online profiles of friends and (former) colleagues. But uh, oh, inner critic alert because now you’re thinking, “Oh no, look what they’re doing, help, I’ve missed the boat. Why is everyone else having together, everyone except me?”
In an attempt to tackle this crisis, you might have resorted to
A) Cupcakes ... or
B) Read career books, watched Youtube videos or browsed the web for career change advice. And while you loved the tips and insights, they felt generic and not tailored to your specific needs. Perhaps you have already applied for jobs, but without a strategy in place and insufficient preparation, not much came of it.
You're back at square one ...
and that feels deeply frustrating
I believe that no mum carving out a new life or career for herself should ever have to do this alone. Your time is valuable. What’s needed is a personalised, strategic approach and a collaborative relationship that provides a safe and courageous space for you to reflect, envision and take action. A coach who deeply listens and gets who you are. A sounding board and thinking partner to talk through options and new possibilities. An ally that cuts through self-doubt and cheers you on when the going gets tough. And, for extra spice, some accountability, because we all know that life has a habit of getting in a way, especially with small people in tow.
You know, I've been there too...
Like many of us, I am a working mum and want to have it all: fulfilling and meaningful work, happy family life, and pursuing my passion projects. Having made many significant changes in my own life, I know what it is like to be at a career crossroads and how nerve-racking it can be. Weaving together ten years of experience as a life and career coach, as well as a background in HR and business administration, I have found my calling. I am passionate about supporting women in creating a new life and career for them. For some clients, it is just about tweaking and building on their current path. For others, it means embarking on an entirely new career or even starting their own business.
1:1 Career Coaching for Mums
My programme is a holistic and in-depth process based on the established Firework Career Coaching Method. It offers plenty of opportunity for self-exploration as well as actionable, practical steps that take you from your present situation to your career of choice.
The Programme at a Glance
Stage 1 will give you a deep understanding of who you are as a person and what you want from your work and life as a whole. We'll identify your personal priorities and your family’s real needs and get clear on your motivations, strengths and skills and what purposeful work means to you. This stage is packed with a mix of action and reflection. Your confidence will grow, and you’ll start generating exciting new possibilities.
In Stage 2, we draw on the insights from Stage 1 and look at your career options in creative ways. We’ll then sharpen the focus and find your top 3 career themes that excite you most and align with your life and work style preferences.
Stage 3 is where you’ll get to test-drive your choices. You might do some “market research”, network with people in your desired field or try something out first-hand. This will give you a real feel about how your choices energise you, fit your skills and talents, and provide a sustainable income.
FINETUNE & ACTION
In this stage, we will finetune your vision and formulate a plan of action to get you from your current reality to where you want to be. Together, we’ll identify the best way forward and address possible gaps. You’ll tap into your network and find allies who will create bridges to opportunities. Soon, you'll be ready and able to land flexible, enjoyable, and meaningful work.
FURTHER SUPPORT ON YOUR JOURNEY
Stage 5 is an option for clients who would like that extra bit of support when implementing their action plan. This could be defining job search strategies, help with applications, preparing for job interviews, negotiating contracts. Some clients enjoy simply having a sounding board and an accountability partner during this phase. These sessions can be bought in add-on bundles and be spaced out if preferred.
The Programme includes
A one-off 2-hour Foundation Session
10 x 60-minute Coaching Sessions
Personalised career plan for your career trajectory
Free Personality Test
24/7 personalised support between sessions via shared online workspace
Access to a library of exercises and resources to go through at your own pace to support your journey
Access to all your content beyond our coaching relationship
Option to schedule future sessions at a discounted rate
30-minute completion call
OPTION 1 - Single payment: £1250
OPTION 2 - 3 monthly payments of £425
How It Works
We'll start by talking. You'll schedule your initial free, 45-minute no-commitment Discovery Call where we'll look at where you are now and where you are headed, what your goals and aspirations are. We also address any questions, challenges or concerns you might have. You'll walk away with more clarity and your next step, and we'll both find out whether we are a good match.
Following the Discovery Call, I’ll invite you to join a shared workspace. You’ll get a little tour of the platform and receive your first assignment in preparation for our Foundation session.
Our first session is a 2-hour Foundation Session, where we will set the scene for our work together. It might be the first time in a while that you step back and focus just on yourself, so we will celebrate this new step, debrief your first assignment and draw up a roadmap towards your goals. We will also discuss how we best work together and how you can make the most of the process. Wherever possible I will hold this session in person, just because it's nice to get to know each other in "real life": ).
Subsequently, we’ll have weekly 1-hour sessions either online or in person. In these focussed conversations, we work together towards your outcomes. Looking at who you are on a deep level, you can count on me to be compassionate and straight-talking. I will encourage you, stretch you and reflect back on your brilliance and uniqueness.
A lot of the learning and action will take place between sessions. I usually give some home assignments, such as a worksheet, an activity, or a reflective task.
Throughout the process, I’ll support you via a shared online workspace that provides the focus and accountability you need to move towards your dream job. You can create, organise and track actions, worksheets and vision boards. You can also send me updates and questions, and I will reply with reflections, ideas and answers.
What You'll Get
True clarity on what you want for your life and career
New, fresh perspectives and thinking outside the box
A sense of direction and roadmap towards your career of choice
Overcome the critical inner voice that keeps you small and contained
Your “oomph” back, feeling invigorated and optimistic about the future
Deep self-awareness and the confidence to communicate what you want and what you have to offer
Relief and inner peace as you connect with your authentic self and your purpose
Get your priorities right without the 'mum guilt'
More 'bandwidth' and patience with yourself and your loved ones
A sounding board and accountability partner - someone that gets you and keeps you going
Practical guidance on career questions
24/7 personalised support between sessions via cutting-edge cloud technology
“Franziska, you were a delight to work with. I enjoyed everything we did in the sessions and always left with my head whirling from all the new things I had learnt and choices on offer to me. Inspiring. Definitely. You are non-judgemental but not afraid to push the boundaries, which ultimately helped me move forward. I think the partnership between us worked well and that I enjoyed the freedom of our sessions. I would not want to change anything.”
J.D. — London
KIND WORDS FROM CLIENTS
I want you to know that your money is safe
You are making a significant investment, and I want you to know that your money is safe: I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which means that if, after having attended all our appointments and done the actions we agreed on during the first month, you do not feel that the coaching has benefited you in the way you expected, I will refund you the full amount of money.
If not now, when?
My programme is high touch and tailored to my clients; that’s why I only work with a small number of clients at a time. Spaces are limited, so if what you have read so far resonates with you, please contact me to check availability or
I look forward to connecting with you!