MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN
Thinking about asking for a sabbatical? Want to change careers? Perhaps you want to push forwards in the career you’re in but don’t know where to start.
Whatever career development you’re after I’m here to help you CATCH YOUR WAVE.
It doesn’t have to be scary. Together we’ll swerve the panic zone, move you through a more comfortable ‘stretch zone’ and teach you to use your ‘change muscles’. Make the good things happen!
Don’t just take my word for it. I helped Christian Caspar (Groovebox Audio, backpacker-studios.de) move from feeling stuck, to being ready to start a new chapter in self-employment.
“Fresh, full of optimism, cheerfully friendly and loaded with positive charisma, Nicole from Catch Your Wave guides career changers who are looking for self-realization, creating a kind of master plan of their most important steps to self-employment.
“Her own experiences of leaving a job to set up a business also play an important role. You can learn a lot from this woman, and after each session you will feel freshly charged and full of energy. She helped me to develop my own self-employment battle plan and encouraged me to believe in my own vision, making it a reality.
“Anyone seriously considering getting off the hamster wheel should absolutely get to know Nicole!”
If you want to get off the hamster wheel, get in touch!
Figure out what you want and
learn how to ask for it.
I love this quote! Instead of coming from a fancy philosopher it’s from the 2010 movie “How Do You Know”.
I’m here to guide you through the next steps of your career, whatever they may be. I’ll be your coach, consultant, mentor, cheerleader and friend. And the reason I’m so perfectly placed to help is because I’ve been there myself.
After seven years working as a freelance interpreter in Berlin, I made a move into the world of corporate business. I worked in the automotive and food retail industries as a personal consultant to board members and chief executives, managing complex projects and change management initiatives. Eleven years in the corporate world was enough for me though, and it was time for another change.
I decided to take a risk. Having recently discovered surfing, I took a sabbatical and travelled for six months with my surfboard, Lizzy. Together we explored the world, and found new favorite spots including Oahu (Inbetweens), Kauai (Hanalei) and Costa Rica (Guiones).
Now I’m in another chapter of my life, bringing all I’ve learned over the years together into a bespoke mentoring and coaching service for people like you who are looking for movement in their careers.
As you can see, my experience ranges from the business to self-employed world, stopping for some travel and fun along the way. My professional qualifications reflect all these parts of my life, including a University Diploma in Simultaneous Interpretation (French and Spanish), an MBA Masters in Business Administration, qualification in business coaching (Certified Business Model You® Consultant) and Yoga Instructor (completed my 200h-Yoga Teacher Training).
I LOVE THE IMPACT COACHING HAS
You might have an inkling of what you want to do, but with a coach at your side your journey gets clearer, moves faster, goes smoother and becomes a lot of fun!
My coaching is based on several models including intuitive coaching, Business Model You® and the Catch Your Wave method – all mixed together with a healthy dose of common sense! Once we get to know each other, I customize the mix I use to suit you. Given my degree in simultaneous translation I can also be flexible on the language we choose. I offer coaching in English, German or French!
People I’ve worked with in the past have now set off on exciting journeys. Between them they’ve:
- secured sabbaticals
- built plans for their own businesses
- smashed the glass ceiling of a male-dominated corporate workplace
- moved their existing businesses forwards with new energy and direction
What will YOUR journey be?
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WORKING WITH NICOLE
“Working with Nicole has been an amazing experience. I’ve gone from wanting time off, with resistance to asking for a sabbatical, to having a 6 month sabbatical agreed with work in just 3 months. Nicole is really easy to talk to, I feel like I’ve known her forever. She is enthusiastic, positive, encouraging, reassuring and full of knowledge. I couldn’t recommend working with Nicole enough.”
Sarah, 36, UK
THINKING ABOUT QUITTING YOUR JOB?
Handing in your notice can be a rollercoaster ride, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll help you through the scary part of this journey, creating opportunities along the way rather than closing doors as you go. If you’ve been in a job for a long time it can feel like it’s a part of who you are. Leaving your job shouldn’t be about losing that part of yourself, but moving forwards with what you’ve learned. Make the change in a smart way!
WANT TO ASK FOR A CAREER BREAK OR A SABBATICAL?
I’m a huge fan of taking a break from your job, because it gives you the freedom to experiment with your life with a safety net of knowing you have something to go back to. Time out on a sabbatical lets you reconnect with yourself, experience a freedom you may not have felt in years, and explore your dreams. This approach is ideal if you know you want change but you aren’t sure what direction to go in. It gives you the space to peel back the layers you’ve accumulated over years in your current role. I’ll help you prepare for asking for a sabbatical and help you design the perfect plan for your time out!
HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT MAKING A CHANGE BUT STILL FEELING A BIT LOST?
Lots of people get started on making a change (whether starting afresh or progressing in their existing career) but then lose momentum or direction. I can help you fill in those blanks – the bigger picture and overview. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed so I’ll help you figure out what’s important and what’s not, and together we’ll develop a plan for your next steps (not forgetting to build in plenty of fun and balance along the way!).
Look where you wanna go, not down. Trust yourself.
You can surf all these waves.
This is something my surf coach Jordy in Guiones, Costa Rica, said to me. But I think it applies to more than just surfing!
MY CAREER COACHING PACKAGES
3 MONTH PREMIUM CAREER COACHING
If you’re stuck and want to find a new direction, this package is for you. My aim is that by the end of our time together you’ll have a clear idea of what you want to do and you’ll have taken the first steps, trying out new ideas along the way. You’ll be focused and excited about moving forwards, and you’ll have an action plan of how to keep yourself moving to get there.
What felt impossible when you started will be beginning to happen – it’ll be within your reach.
I’ll be there for you throughout the three months of this package, coaching you, supporting you, cheering you on and picking you up when you fall (because we all do, sometimes), and I’ll do this in a variety of ways:
- 4 coaching sessions (60-90 minutes each) where we meet online (or in person if you’re near where I am!)
- detailed follow-up notes put together for you after each coaching session, summarizing what we discussed and guiding you through actions to take before our next session
- weekly email check-ins to keep you motivated, encouraged and fresh
- daily support at times when you need an extra helping hand, such as when you’re asking for a sabbatical or handing in your notice
- worksheets, tools and inspiration which you’ll receive over the course of the three months
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WORKING WITH NICOLE
“I was at a crucial point in my professional career – a period of personal growth, as intensive as I have ever experienced. I felt overwhelmed and excited at the same time, wondering how to make the right decisions, set priorities, and take efficient action; balancing business and private life whilst achieving the professional and personal goals to be (and stay) my best true self.
Jess, 37, Senior Change Manager at a major global technology provider
6 MONTH VIP CAREER COACHING
I’ve built this enhanced VIP package for those of you who want to make a more major change in your career and wider life – these things take time!
I’ll be by your side for six months, helping you achieve a clear vision of what you want and supporting you while you try out new ideas and start to make change happen. By the end of our work you’ll be bursting with of energy and drive for your new life, and you’ll be well on the way to achieving it. You’ll leave with a tailor-made plan to guide you on the journey ahead, and you’ll look back on your old way of life as a distant memory.
I’ll support you closely throughout our work together as your coach, consultant, mentor, cheerleader and friend. You’ll also have direct contact with me on WhatsApp for short-notice support whenever you need it most, as well as three special surprises along the way.
This package includes:
- 14 coaching sessions (60-90 minutes each, one session every other week) where we meet online (or in person if you’re near where I am!)
- bespoke follow-up notes that I put together for you after each coaching session, summarizing what we discussed and guiding you through actions to take before our next session
- email check-ins in weeks when we don’t have a coaching session, to keep you motivated, encouraged, fresh and focused!
- daily support at times when you need it, such as when you’re asking for a sabbatical or handing in your notice
- support via WhatsApp at short notice so that I can be there for you when you need me most
- worksheets, tools and inspiration which I send you over the six months
- two extra surprises (and no, I’m not telling you what they are otherwise they won’t be surprises)
Why ‘Catch Your Wave’?
A few years ago I discovered surfing, and that’s where the phrase ‘Catch Your Wave’ comes from. But you don’t have to be into surfing to work with me! When you catch your wave, every element of your skill, your mood, your surfboard and the surf itself come together perfectly to lift you up and carry you along seemingly effortlessly on the crest of the wave. It’s about momentum, energy and exhilaration. And that’s the feeling I want to create with you in moving your career forwards…
TAKE THE FIRST STEP – GET IN TOUCH
It doesn’t cost anything to get in touch and say hello! Even if you decide working with me isn’t the right thing for you (although I hope you do!), you can see getting in touch as a powerful first step towards taking action for yourself and your career journey.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have, and to set up an initial short Skype chat so you can get to know me a bit. Drop me an email and I’ll usually get back to you within 48 hours.
I’m looking forward to your email – let’s chat soon!