“After being a project manager in an investment bank, I took a career break to bring up my children. When my girls were both in school, I took on a role as an SEN learning support assistant in a local primary school. I enjoyed working with children, and applied to start the obvious route and train to become a teacher. However, deep-down I knew it wasn’t right for me. It was hard for me to admit this and go in the direction that I truly wanted. I wasn’t confident enough to do it by myself and needed support to work through this.
The structure of Eefke’s coaching really suited me. I now have a much deeper understanding of myself, of what I want and also how to make a start to get there. She also held me to account and gave me the insight that I could forever create reasons for not starting.
Now, I have finished two qualifications in child counselling, am interviewing for my first placement and a PGDip and feel that I’m on my way to becoming a child therapist. Which for me, is priceless. I could never have made that first step by myself.
It would have been easy for me to go back into the City once my girls were in secondary school. I was good at my job, but it would not have fulfilled me. However, becoming a qualified child therapist felt so far away. Eefke’s coaching enabled me to change my mindset. Instead of only focussing on the end goal, I was able to see that the journey of getting there was just as important and could be as fulfilling.
And I can say I’ve loved every single step of it.
I wish I’d done it years ago!”
“I guess it started with a midlife crisis, early 40ies…After several years working remotely for a brilliant company and enjoying the combination of professional challenges and the flexibility with my young kids, I knew I needed to step into a different direction.
But I felt stuck and unable to move out of my pleasant comfort zone. Unsuccessfully digging through several self-help books, clearly showed me that I had to take on some professional help to speed up things.
I knew Eefke already before she started her coaching journey, so I was 100% sure she was the right person, as I always enjoyed her energetic but also very down to earth character, and I also knew she re-invented herself several times.
Over several online sessions, we worked through different exercises. It was the first time after a while, that I really took the time to find out more about myself. Surprisingly, after nailing it all down on paper it was so clear to me in which direction I want to move. I could see it just in front of me and unlike before, this time I do not hesitate anymore to follow the plan through, because I know it will be worth it.
So, thank you Eefke for the great work you have done. It was a fantastic and an eye-opening experience.”
“In the beginning of the Covid period I started to realize that I was unhappy with my professional life – my career had stagnated. I had no opportunities to grow as the company was going through a massive reorganization.
It was also clear that my professional reality was having a negative impact on myself and on my personal life. I knew I wanted a change. I just didn’t know how and where to begin. I needed a Career Coach. And then I met Eefke.
Eefke was the perfect coach for me- with her experience, know-how and her warm personality she helped me in the best possible way- with her methods and exercises, she brought me ‘home’, back to myself, to who I really am. She made me stop, think, evaluate, and decide what really matters to me, what I am looking for and what I want to achieve.
She gave me the tools I needed to define my priorities, to set my goals and to lay down my own path, while challenging and guiding me through my choices. She made me go far, explore my own potential, believe in what I could do and achieve.
8 months after starting the coaching sessions, I found a new job and I have been able to bring new experiences into my life.
Thanks to Eefke and her work the coaching was a journey of rediscovery, personal development and new experiences.
After all, great things never come from comfort zones.”
“My return from maternity leave coincided with a period of great uncertainty – I didn’t have a line manager, and my company was going through a massive organisational restructure, so the role I had once occupied was in flux. Throw in the pandemic and remote working – it was a very unsettling time. I felt very isolated, and rapidly began to lose confidence.
I came across Eefke and after our first chemistry session I felt energised and motivated. The world suddenly felt full of possibilities again!
Eefke is a fantastic coach, upbeat, encouraging and energetic. Her sessions are very well structured: she employs a variety of exercises to peel back the layers to get to the essence of who you are and what you are looking for. This forms the springboard for building back up and defining where you want to get to.
Eefke’s sessions have helped crystallise what I want to get out of my career and build out a plan for how I am going to make progress towards that goal. They have helped me regain my confidence in the workplace and also relieve the pressure I was putting on myself to make an immediate change. I now have the tools and techniques for going about this in my own time and derive meaning and enjoyment from the journey.
I couldn’t recommend Eefke or her programme enough – I can’t imagine how I would have pushed upwards and onwards without her help.”
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“I knew I wanted to make a change in my work life and I was kind of modeling along on my own with my self-help books. I think I got halfway there, but then I got stuck. I needed someone to support me in getting me over that ‘hump in the road’, which was holding me back. Because I met Eefke before at a workshop and my husband had good experiences with a career coach, I contacted her.
It was a journey full of self-discovery and I was surprised that some exercises, which I thought wouldn’t work for me as I’m a super practical person, were so powerful. The different exercises helped me to find my positive strong energy again. I knew it was already in me, but I was overwhelmed by self-doubts. I could just sit here procrastinate, drive myself potty and never move forward. Because that’s easier than taking action.
I think Eefke empowered me which has made me realise what I’m capable of. It’s almost like she was the intermediary to meet my own true self again.
I now have a definite goal that I want to work towards. I’m positive that that goal is the right one and that I’m not making a mistake. And I feel like I’ve got the tools now to get there, in a positive and less stressful way as well.
Whether you’re struggling at work, you want to find a different career or you haven’t got the right balance in your life, I think Eefke’s coaching can move you towards where you want to be and open up some possibilities that you might even didn’t think about.”
“I started coaching because I found it difficult to relax. I kept going and at some point, that just didn’t work anymore. However, I was not sure how I could make a change on my own.
From the start of the coaching I had the feeling that I would benefit from it. Eefke’s energy immediately felt good, we had a good rapport right away and I soon noticed that she wouldn’t settle with my first answer. I chat easily so it often happens that I don’t have to think about a real answer to a question. Many people are quite satisfied with superficial reactions. Well, Eefke didn’t let me get away with that. And that is what I need.
In addition, she has a lot of knowledge and experience. That gives confidence, in her and the coaching.
The coaching has given me more connection with myself and I can relax in a better way. This has a positive impact on my work-life balance, because I improved in estimating whether something is good for me or not. I have achieved a lot already, but I am not there yet and I want to take a few more steps. Eefke has taught me the practical tools to achieve this by myself.
I think Eefke has a lot to offer to many people. When I look at my own circle of friends I think that all of us, ladies with a busy job and children, will benefit from her coaching.”
“After a number of years as an entrepreneur, I felt the need to reflect again on what I exactly want to do and how to move forward in the right direction.
I liked that the coaching was concrete and that we were clearly working towards an end goal. There were all kinds of different elements in the coaching process that, ultimately, gave a clear picture of what I would love to do.
What I really liked was that Eefke used different methods, also surprising methods, which I hadn’t thought of myself. And that made the coaching sessions very surprising. In addition, I noticed that she would not just let me get away with certain answers. She filters them out and this forces you to think a step further about what you exactly want. That was an added value that was important for me.
Through the coaching I have achieved that, instead of just saying yes to all the projects that come on my path, I am going to say yes and no a lot more consciously. I now have a clear mission, vision and strategy for my own agency and I will make targeted choices for projects that match.
I would recommend every highly educated woman, who wants to reflect on the next step in her work life or who wants to give a clearer direction to her own company, to contact Eefke.”
“I approached Eefke when I was at a crossroads in my career: do I want to stay in my current position, find a different opportunity, or focus on my side business and make it my main occupation?
At first, I was a bit skeptical about working with a career coach. I thought about work as just a way to finance your life. I took the leap anyway and decided to contact Eefke for a free chemistry call.
I am now halfway through my coaching sessions and I’ve already achieved so much. Eefke really helps me to explore who I am and how I want to build my career. Her exercises are always eye-opening and they help me in discovering myself. They assist me to decide what jobs I want to apply to, and help me formulate the right questions to ask employers to really see if we’re a great fit.
I applied my insights in my latest job search and interviews. And, also thanks to my newfound confidence, I will start a great new job this year.
I really recommend Eefke as a career coach for women who are at a crossroads in their career and not sure about the best next step. She really helps you to find out what you want by rediscovering your true self.”