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My name is Olga Maksymenko, I am life and career coach and inspirational speaker. I focus on helping people find profession to their liking, achieve desired career changes and balance private and professional life. My goal is to help you find the job which you love and which inspires you (yes, this is possible!). The job which would make you feel happy and fulfilled.
During the coaching sessions I focus on ensuring high level of support, which enables you to move steadily towards your goals.
I am a Certified, Professional Life and Career Coach trained at the Coaching School of Zhyvoe Delo Consulting Group, one of the few coach training schools in Ukraine accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the European Coaching Federation (ECF). I have been practicing since 2012.
As an inspirational speaker I do public talks, workshops and trainings for AmCham Ukraine, EU Study Days, Ukrainian-Scandinavian summer school, International Organization for Migration, non-governmental organizations and corporate clients on the following topics:
- “How to build a successful career”,
- “Career – the roads we choose”,
- “Choosing profession or lifestyle?” (for senior high school students and first year University students),
- “Detox your mind, or 4 steps towards a happier life”,
- “Efficient communication – do we hear each other?”,
- “Sources of energy for personal effectiveness”,
- “Self-confidence and self-esteem”,
- “Emotions – our internal GPS, and how to manage them”.
The topics of my talks are based on personal experience and my coaching practice. To share it with you and to inspire is invaluable!
I also cooperate with Visegrad Summer School based in Krakow, Poland. It is a unique cultural and educational programme for students and graduates from Central and Eastern Europe. I give lectures, run career workshops and do individual career coaching sessions for students from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ukraine.
As part of my coaching practice I work with senior high school students, University students and young graduates who want to define their place in life in general and on the job market in particular, who look for their first job, want to study or work abroad etc. Timely and professional support when choosing professional path is invaluable. I am glad for those students who have worked with me – I wish I were in their place when at school!:)
Before starting the Life Stylist project I worked for more than 10 years in international affairs and public relations (see my LinkedIn profile for more details). I started my career working for an NGO, then we had family business, then I worked for Ukrainian companies and international diplomatic representations. I know how it feels like – to change jobs, look for what you really love doing and discipline yourself to achieve your goal. I also understand the pressures of the stressful environments in which we work and how socially accepted values and norms sometimes guide our professional choices. My coaching therefore focuses on revealing what makes you unique – your purpose, values and passion – and bringing up the best in you to live the lifestyle you truly desire.