Cathy Balfe

Cathy Balfe
Career Guidance Counsellor

Who is Cathy Balfe?

Cathy Balfe is a career coach offering career guidance to clients across Ireland – with clients from Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and everywhere in between!

She's a qualified career guidance counsellor, providing career coaching online to those aged 16 and over. She helps career changers with career choices, and also works with Leaving Certificate students making CAO decisions. Furthermore, Cathy provides CV writing services and interview preparation sessions.

Why Cathy?

Cathy is a qualified Career Guidance Counsellor with personal experience of career transition, having made two significant career changes in her own life. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance from the University of Warwick, and she has extensive experience of helping individuals’ career development – both from her time working in the higher education sector (supporting students in University of Limerick, GMIT and the University of London), and through Career Coach Me which she started in 2019. She has worked with adult clients across many industries including Finance, Economics, Legal, Insurance, Technology, Aviation, Manufacturing, Education and the Public Sector.

She's an expert in listening to individuals in a completely unbiased way, asking the right questions and acting as a logical partner in helping you figure out options and deciding on the right way forward. Career coaching sessions can help sort out jumbled thoughts, understand where individuals may be going wrong in their approach and get clarity and confidence on their next move. Cathy has seen the transformative effect of coaching sessions time and time again with clients.

Furthermore, she has developed the Career Report to help individuals in choosing their career direction. This career guidance development tool analyses an individual’s unique skills profile, understands their work values and the type of work they would like to do and creates a report summarising this key information. The Career Report also matches the individual’s skills, values, and work type profile across over 900 jobs.

With a background in economics before retraining as a career coach, she felt technology could help gather and analyse key information from a client in advance of the coaching sessions. This would enable her to maximise the coaching time she has with clients, by focusing on the things that really matter for the client in their future career.

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