Get unstuck in your job

I help you with my experience, skills and personality to advance your career and enjoy your job. 

From Aid Worker to Career Coach

My way to helping colleagues as The Aid Worker Coach started in 2006.

Since then I worked more than ten years in international humanitarian aid and development cooperation for American, Australian, British, and German organizations in 6 countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe, managed teams of up to 60 people and negotiated funding contracts over more than 15 million dollars. All things I never knew I could.

But while I could play my part in successfully helping countless beneficiaries, gained great experiences, met wonderful people, and could learn a lot about the world and myself, it also brought me to my knees more than once.

No matter where you stand in your career path today, you should never feel like you have no option.

It was a hell of a ride. You know how it is in our business.

We need to be careful, or else our idealism, passion, and high expectations will cause us to end up disappointed, disillusioned, and disoriented. We lose track of our way. Unable to provide the help we wanted to give to other people, we end up needing help ourselves.

I was very lucky that I learned to adjust my priorities in life, to respect my borders, to commit to self-care, to become more focused, and less self-centered. That way I could heal from alienation, cynicism, and burnout.

Very often I had seen colleagues suffer similarly. The grey clouds of cynicism, frustration, and deflated ideals hung over many expat bars and NGO offices. I’ve been there and I know what it’s like.  But I worked my way out of this dark swamp. Now it was up to me to pass on to colleagues what had helped me.

So I decided to get trained as a systemic coach according to the professional requirements of the renowned European Coaching Association. In addition I undertook further training in human resources, particularly in job coaching, staff development, and occupational health management; all areas that I can incorporate well into my aid worker coaching.

With my combination of years of field experience, my competence in coaching and my positive, encouraging and calm personality, I have since successfully supported many colleagues who got stuck, be it in the field or headquarter offices. I could help most of them, and this proves that my way makes sense.