FAQs

Here at Women After Work, we aim to make the transition to retirement easy for you!

Our Frequently Asked Questions on transition to retirement coaching have been sourced from the questions asked by our clients.

We hope they are informative and assist you in gathering the information you need.

Should you have any questions or suggestions we would welcome your feedback.

Please send Kathryn an email and we can add the information for you.

Frequently asked questions

What is coaching?
Coaching is a partnership between the Coach and the Client. Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process. It inspires the client to maximise their personal and professional potential. Coaching enables the creation and development of your personal, professional or business goals. Coaching will assist you to develop and carry out a strategy/plan for achieving those goals.
Is coaching confidential?
Yes. Your sessions are completely confidential. I will never share any of your information without your express agreement.
Is coaching different to counselling?
Yes. Counselling is usually based on understanding and resolving issues from the past. Coaching focuses on your future.
What will I get out of coaching?
You will achieve your goals.
Improve confidence in yourself, to build the life in retirement that you have been planning.
You will take practical action towards your goals.
How will you know if coaching is appropriate for you?
If you are ready to make positive changes in your life, coaching is appropriate for you. Coaching may not be the best thing for you right now if you are looking for someone to tell you what to do. Please feel free to contact Kathryn on 0416 366 906 so we can arrange a time to chat about it. Kathryn is very clear about professional versus therapeutic boundaries. If she believes it would be beneficial for you to meet with a health professional, then she will say so.
How will you find a coach who is a good match for you?
There are a number of issues you should consider when choosing the coach you would like to work with.

  • It’s important that you have good rapport and mutual respect. Choose a coach who “gets you”.
  • Look for someone who is not judgmental, is mature and has life experience.
  • You will want someone who is supportive, encouraging and motivating when you need it.
  • Don’t forget your area of need, work with a coach that specialises in your area of need.
  • Look for a coach who has a coaching certification and undertakes coaching from time to time. and is participating in coach-specific learning.
  • There are many coaches out there, some who have no qualifications and do not come up to standard.
  • Prepare to shop around to find the right coach for you. International Coach Federation (ICF) is the professional association for credentialed coaches and trainers.
  • Finally, choose a coach whose fees fit within your budget. Very high fees do not mean better coaching.
Do you need to sign a coaching contract?
All clients complete and sign a written coaching agreement. The agreement outlines your and the coach’s roles and responsibilities.
What happens during the coaching sessions?
  • All clients complete and sign a written coaching agreement. The agreement outlines your and the coach’s roles and responsibilities.
  • To begin we use assessments and questionnaires to establish your level of self-awareness. We will also work out where you are at and where you would like to be, in your personal and professional life.
  • Then we start a series of coaching sessions to define specific goals that you would like to focus and work on.
  • During each session, we recap on the actions set and achieved from the last session. We will also look at general progress and successes.
  • We will then set a ‘session goal’ to set out what you want to achieve by the end of the day’s session. We will explore the options available to achieve that goal.
  • Finally, you will decide the actions you want to set yourself to achieve that session’s goal.
  • What will you have to do?
  • To get the best from coaching you need have a positive attitude towards achieving your goals.
  • You need to be open, trusting and honest within the coaching relationship.
  • You need to make time and commit to complete the actions that you will set yourself at the end of each session. These actions are what will move you closer to your goal.
  • Your level of commitment will influence the extent to which your goals will be achieved.
  • You will need to take actions to achieve your goals.
  • How long are the coaching sessions?
    Coaching sessions take approximately 60 minutes.
    How many coaching sessions will you need?
    This depends on what you want to achieve with your coaching. Most people come to a coach with a life-changing goal in mind. To achieve this, we look on smaller goals that you need to achieve after each session, this moves you closer to your main goal. For some people, this may take as little as 6 sessions and for others, it will be more. It is a very personal decision based on your individual goals.
    How often will you meet with your coach?
    Coaching sessions can occur weekly, fortnightly or monthly. To suit your life and the speed at which you can take actions to achieve your goals. Clients also have access to Kathryn via email and phone between sessions
    What are the benefits of coaching?
    Coaching provides you with the time and space to invest in yourself. You have a coach dedicated to you and the achievement of your goals. Coaching will keep you focused so you can get to where you want to be in your life, much faster than you could on your own.
    Do you guarantee results from your coaching?
    Yes. If you take the actions to achieve your goals, you will get great results from your coaching.
    How much does coaching cost?
    The ‘Let’s talk’ session, which is approximately 20 to 30 minutes is complimentary.  The meeting takes place over the telephone and provides us with the opportunity to discuss your needs, the coaching process and whether we can work together.  If you decide coaching with Women After Work is for you, we will discuss and agree on the number of sessions/program (including cost) that suits you best.
    How will you pay for your sessions?
    Women After Work offers upfront payment and payment plans. We accept payments using debit/credit cards and cash.
    What’s unique about Kathryn and how does she coach?
    Kathryn has worked in several different industries and areas. Kathryn enjoys working with women who are planning for their retirement. Many women find this can be challenging as you move out of full-time work, and into a more self-controlled phase of your life. Many women are looking to work or do something different to supplement their savings. Kathryn likes to work together, she has a gentle approach and enjoys seeing the changes take place as the coaching process progresses. She inspires you to broaden your perspectives.
    Is coaching challenging or difficult?
    Where needed, you may be asked direct or challenging questions. How you respond is your choice. You will set the pace, level and timing of your actions.
    What qualifications do coaches have?
    Kathryn has undergone coach-specific training and coaching supervision. She is a certified coach. Kathryn is working towards Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

    If you think Kathryn can help you make your transition to retirement, please email and she will get back to you within 24 hours. Or you can call on 0417 366 906

     

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