study abroad in Santa Barbara/CA
International Business Studies at the Vienna University of Economics & Business (WU Wien)
Train the Trainer
Master of Science in Coaching
Diploma in Life Counseling
Terminal Care and Grief Counseling
several years of Psychology studies at the University of Vienna (yep, I believe in lifelong learning :-) )
My professional career started with several marketing summer internships in Milan, Italy and New York, USA as well as part-time jobs in marketing and advertising. After my studies I gained lots of valuable experience in:
- Headhunting / consulting in the banking / finance and IT area as well as
- HR / personnel development and project development in a corporate group.
- Many years of voluntary work at a homeless shelter (Vinizrast) as well as terminal care and grief support at a hospice (Hospiz Rennweg). Internalization of the credo "carpe diem / seize the day“.
For several years I have been a career expert in the field of career development at an American private university:
- I coach, counsel and train students and alumni in the areas of career and job search, application as well as interview preparation
- organize career and recruiting events
- stay in close contact with relevant companies and
- am motivator, problem solver and contact person for all career related issues.
Furthermore, I work as an independent coach, consultant and trainer and hereby help my private clients in all aspects of career development and improvement:
- from working on their vision and self-confidence as well as job search strategies, application support and interview preparation,
- the development of decisions, solution of conflicts and other job related problems
- to supporting them in the preparation of elevator pitches and screening processes for management positions.
- In terms of a comprehensive, holistic approach I also support my clients in the area of work-life-balance and burnout prevention as well as time, stress and self management.
I'm in a long-time, loving relationship, mother of a cute daughter and try my best on a daily basis to coordinate job, family and every day life well. I love travelling and reading, do sports and since 2016 have been meditating (almost) daily – that helps me to clear my mind and relax. In order to recharge my batteries I enjoy a walk in the woods or live concerts.
My values / What's important to me.
Optimism and Motivation. I am a really positive person and often carry others away with me. If you need a hint of sunshine, you can count on me. And I also know these times when it's difficult to get motivated. In times of setbacks and weariness I will be there to remind you that you can reach your goals that we have developed together. I will cheer you on just like a personal cheerleader if you need an extra helping of courage and motivation. Or will encourage you calmly on your exciting path into a happier life – whatever helps you most.
Efficiency, Structure and Goal Orientation. Due to my many years of experience as consultant / headhunter, personnel developer and career coach I can not only give you valuable tips on all career related issues, e.g. CV / resume, cover letters, interview preparation, job search strategies, etc., but am also able to help you figure out what makes your heart beat faster and in which career direction you want to develop respectively. And I will help you in developing a strategy on how to reach this goal. Furthermore I am happy to support you in improving your work-life balance and thus your life in general – after all, your professional and private life go hand in hand. All of this will be done in a structured and efficient way, without losing sight of of your ultimate goals.
Seize the Day. As a hospice volunteer I experience many sad but also precious moments. The solidarity of people and what really counts in life. And each time it is a reminder but also a warning for me not to forget that life is finite and that the clock is ticking. Thus, I check my goals and priorities regularly and try to make the best out of my life on a daily basis, and not to adjourn anything that's important to me. Because at the end of life we usually regret only those things we didn't do.
Empathic Support. It has always been important to me not to let anyone alone with his/her problems and worries and I always find it easy to emphazise with others. In my international study year in Santa Barbara, California my colleagues awarded me the title "most helpful". Until today I always try to walk through life with open ears and eyes and not to look away when harm and injustice happen - even though it sometimes breaks my heart. This helpfulness and empathic support is the basis of my work. I truly believe that we can achieve more together, therefore I will not let you alone. I will accompany you as you take your first steps or as long as you need and want support.
Lifelong Learning. As you can see from above, I believe in lifelong learning. Changes determine our lives and there is so much to experience. There are so many interests slumbering within me that one life won't be enough. But I try to stay curious and try new things - like playing the guitar or learning Swedish. Some things I drop soon, others stay with me and accompany me for a long time, like my psychology studies for example. It's not compulsory for my job, but it enriches me. Lifelong learning helps me to widen my horizon, gain new ideas and make invaluable experiences - which can be helpful in all areas.
Holistic Approach and Resilience. Career is not everything. It's funny to hear that from a career coach, right? Makes me wonder too :-) But due to my many years of experience in headhunting/HR and coaching I realized not only that everyone defines career differently, but also how important everything else around it is, like family and friends, health, fun and relaxation. For example, I don't find it difficult to work hard, but rather need to make sure to also grant myself times of rest and pure fun. And I believe that each of us has blind spots and potential for improvement. Apart from the classical career consulting and coaching I can therefore also support you in examining and improving your life holistically in terms of finding a better work-life-balance as well as strengthening your resilience – after all, your professional and private life go hand in hand.
Confidentiality and Trust. At least since my time as a headhunter I know how incredibly important and valuable confidentiality and trust are. You can rely on the fact that everything we talk about will be treated confidentially. I truly believe that everyone can lead a better life – whatever that means to you individually - and you can trust me that I will support you whole-heartedly along that way.
Honest interest. Every person is unique and has a unique story. I am honestly interested in you and your story and will do my best to help you so that your next chapter in life will be just the way you want it to be.
Courage to change. In my coaching studies I've learned that we can only change ourselves. And even though that's a pity at times, it is probably also good that way :-). As soon as I do somehting differently, new possibilites, reactions and chances show up, often on a smaller scale, but every change effects something. So go for it and reach for the stars!
Dream Big. Apropos, reaching for the stars - I am absolutely convinced that there's an enormous potential slumbering within all of us that is just waiting to be awoken and that we can accomplish so much more than we believe we can. In my coachings I regularly meet clients who do not believe in big improvements and who buried their dreams a long time ago. Vision work is one of my personal highlights - there's almost nothing more beautiful than seeing my coachees' eyes shine when they are finally able to admit and envision their dreams, visions and wishes. And to then start implementing them. So much is possible if we just believe it. So dream big! What are your dreams?