Hello & welcome!
I’m Kate De Jong, a former Consulting Scientist/Engineer and corporate ladder-climber, turned passionate Career & Life Coach and founder of Inspired Careers International. I’m dedicated to helping you find your personal and professional freedom, inspiration, and fulfillment through living a life true to your heart, fully embracing who you are and finding ways to unleash your unique gifts into the world in a way that feels makes you great money while doing what you love.
Being true to yourself and living a life of no regrets is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others.
I quit my former technical consulting career of almost fifteen years in my mid-thirties to follow my heart’s true desire to empower people to live their most inspired and fully-expressed lives. I love guiding you to greater freedom and joy through reconnecting you to your heart and true potential. If you’re feeling lost, unclear, off-track or unfulfilled, I’m here to help you get the clarity, purpose, strategies, and skills you need to get your life on track.
Why Am I So Passionate About Helping You Find the Inspired Career Path That’s Right For You?
Because I know first-hand what it’s like to feel off-track, unfulfilled, overwhelmed, and constantly searching in my professional life. Up until my mid-thirties, I felt completely trapped in my own life and personal circumstances. For years I had felt overwhelmed, unfulfilled and frustrated in my profession, knowing that I had specific gifts and talents to contribute and yet couldn’t find a way to express them in a way that felt truly fulfilling and satisfying.
I had spent my whole life trying to live up to others’ expectations, following a career path that others thought was best for me. I never made time for my own personal needs and the term ‘self-care’ was not even in my vocabulary. I could hear the gentle yet persistent whispers in my heart telling me that I was going the wrong way and to change direction, but I suppressed them at all cost. They were inconvenient at the time and had no place in my life of people-pleasing, self-sacrifice, and corporate ladder-climbing.
In 2010 I was brought to my knees by a life crisis.
I was forced to reassess everything.
Out of desperation, I started seeing a life coach and energy healer who helped me realise just how far I had strayed from my true self. Step by step, she helped me realign my life with my true inner compass and get my life back on track. It was during that time that I became aware of my passion to help others avoid the immense difficulty I went through by giving them tools and strategies to find their inner clarity and create a life around their authentic truth and desires.
I’m a Certified Life Coach and a lifelong learner and truth-seeker, continuously seeking ways to deepen my understanding of life. I’ve immersed myself in the fields of positive psychology, life design, finding your path and purpose, career transition, small business start-up, spirituality, quantum physics, the law of attraction, manifestation, and many forms of energetic and emotional healing, which I write about in my blog.
I’m valued by my clients for my kindness, empathy, positive outlook, and my ability to help them get results and create forward-thinking solutions to all challenges in their lives.
My clients tell me I’m pragmatic and action-oriented, authentic, genuine, inclusive and empathetic.
I’m driven by my core values of
You can find out more about my personal story in my original blog post:
‘Authentically Me: My Journey of Coming Home to Myself’ (May, 2014).
I believe everyone has a particular zone of ‘natural genius’.
As a child I knew that my natural genius was somewhere in the area of languages, writing, anthropology, and creative expression. But somehow I ended up in the engineering field. Like many of us, I’d become disconnected from my true nature and my authentic desires at a young age, and found myself trying to meet the expectations of others. Unintentionally, I’d ended up living an inauthentic life. I knew there was something else I was meant to do, but I just didn’t know what.
My health began to decline in my early twenties.
I was caught in a pattern of over-achieving and self-neglect that I couldn’t escape. I developed chronic fatigue, a feeling of continuous exhaustion and overwhelm, and suffered ongoing chronic illnesses. Outwardly my life appeared to be great; I had earned a Ph.D (through lots of sweat and tears), I was moving up in the engineering world, I was holding down senior management positions and working on exciting projects. But inside it was a living hell. I felt continuously exhausted and unwell. Eventually in my mid-thirties, a life crisis forced me to break down. In the midst of my ‘dark night of the soul’, I surrendered to what I had been fighting for so long – my true nature. I went through a process of reconnecting to my authentic self and shedding everything that wasn’t me. With the help of several mentors I was finally able to find myself and to connect to my own unique calling. I embraced the call I felt to quit the corporate world and start a coaching business of my own.
Permission is everything.
After giving myself permission to follow my heart, my energy levels improved rapidly and all physical symptoms disappeared. I feel so fortunate to now experience ongoing vitality and vibrant health. This is proof to me of the incredible power of the mind-body-spirit connection and the essential need to live a life true to our hearts. We can heal ourselves and live a truly joyful life by becoming ourselves fully and embracing our authentic yearnings and desires. I’m committed to empowering you to find a way to build a life and career that feels true to your heart, allowing you to thrive and love life. I believe that you have a unique calling that allows you to develop and express your gifts and talents fully, while being in service to something that you care about deeply. And the world needs those special gifts that only you can give!
Find out more about my business vision and inspiration!
We can’t do it alone … we all need guidance on our journey.
It’s so important that we reach out to get the right help on our journey. I’ve been blessed to receive guidance and support from several wonderful mentors over the years and it’s ALL thanks to them that I’ve been able to get where I am today, in just a few short years since quitting my corporate career in 2011. Thanks to their wisdom and experience, I’ve learned how to establish a thriving business in a completely new field, starting from scratch. Some of the best mentors in the industry have helped me learn and apply the essential strategies behind entrepreneurship, business start-up, product and program development, marketing, public relations and wealth creation.
I’ve learned the most effective strategies and processes available for helping you uncover your own unique life passion and purpose from well-known and internationally acclaimed thought leaders such as Tim Kelley, Jeffrey Van Dyk, Jean Houston and Claire Zammit. I’ve been trained by experienced leaders in the field of The Enneagram – the ancient system of personality classification – to help you understand your deepest desires and motivators and your most effective path for personal growth. Some of the wonderful mentors I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from include Jeanna Gabellini, Elizabeth Purvis, Stephen Dinan, Lisa Sasevich, Callan Rush & Justin Livingston, Vrinda Normand, Ryan Eliason, Lisa Marie Pepe, Divya Parekh, Sarah Marie Thompson, Jennifer Smith (at The Art of Better Blogging) and Ali Brown.
Why Get Coaching?
- Coaching gives you clarity and insight into your passion, your dreams, and aspirations. It can help you understand what drives you and motivates you, what your most treasured values are, and what you yearn to experience and manifest in this lifetime.
- Coaching helps you access your own answers that lie within. It is a process of getting to know yourself deeply, so that you can create your most positive and happy life.
- I’m ready to work with you if you’re ready to take a stand for your own personal and/or professional happiness.
- My role is to help listen to your heart and to get very clear on exactly what it is you want, and to support you as you make the transition into a life that is fully aligned with your deeply held values, your unique gifts, and your authentic desires.