Kat Atherton, Career Coach

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I was a typical graduate.


I left university with a degree but without any real direction on what I wanted to do with my life beyond travelling and doing a ski season. After a year out and then months of job hunting, I eventually fell into retail. 


As a shiny new graduate trainee, I spent my twenties working hard to get ahead because that’s "what you do". As the focus shifted online to e-commerce, I naturally followed and  a head office environment was where I felt more comfortable, for a while at least. 


Despite promotions and other successes, I gradually became frustrated. I was coasting through life - and not in a good way. I didn't know what I was working towards anymore. I had been so busy focusing on what I was supposed to do/be/have ‘by my age’ that I hadn’t stopped to consider whether I really wanted it or not! 


The turning point came when I was asked what my career goals were and it hit me. The idea of eventually doing my boss’s job really was unappealing and I definitely didn’t want to stay where I was.

I realised it was time to try something different.  But then I had a frightening realisation.


If I was going to make a change, what the heck would I do? 


I also knew that unless I wanted to remain unhappy for the next 30 years, I needed to figure it out!

I spent months scrolling through online job ads but nothing excited me. The experience on my CV felt completely irrelevant for any other industry and I didn't want to start again at the bottom. 


I feel ashamed to say I went on to Google and typed in: “how to change career at 30”.


Up popped a career coach.  After an initial online workshop, I signed up for course of weekly coaching sessions. Although it was a big investment, ultimately it was a no brainer because I knew I couldn’t figure out the answers on my own. 

With the help of my coach and a fantastic community, I explored all my interests and passions and go to know the real ME. Not just the person on the CV or the perception people had of me in the office. 


I took stock of who I was, what came naturally to me and what I loved. 


I tested my ideas in a safe way and the coaching process helped me to ensure I was accountable to my actions.

What my coach said made so much sense to me. I was challenged in a way that my friends, family and work colleagues couldn't.

I began exploring the field of coaching itself, invested in a coaching workshop and then committed to two diplomas with the Coaching Academy. I'd never connected with myself in such a way before, never paid so much attention to my inner voice. 


I quickly became obsessed with the idea that everyone deserves to find fulfilment at work.


So I became a licensed career coach with Firework. Since then I have worked with many different clients across the world. Every client is unique and the challenges they are facing are all so fascinating - which is why I love it! Its a privilege to be part of someone's journey to a new career and see them transform into their best self,  achieving amazing things they previously didn't think possible. You can discover more about the clients I've worked with here.

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about kat

I coach thirty-something professionals who are eager for a career change but have little or no idea what they want to do. Through a tried and tested framework, I help them to gain clarity on their ideal career and support them in creating an action plan to help them make it a reality.


Qualifications:

Personal Performance Diploma in Coaching (Distinction)

CPD in Financial Coaching & Neuroscience

Certified Firework Career Coach

BSc Hons in Psychology 

Currently working on a Diploma in Coaching in Education

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