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Are you sick of sleep walking through your career?


You’re here because you like your career but you don’t love it.

On the outside it looks great, people even envy what you have but you feel empty on the inside. At the beginning this might have been what you wanted but not any more. Now you feel guilty about not being grateful for what you have. Or you might have chosen your career to please others and never really enjoyed what you do.

You regularly dream about doing something else  … but then you remember the time, money and energy you’ve put into getting to where you are now. You imagine what your family, friends and colleagues will say. You think about trying to change careers and it all seems too hard. So you keep doing what you’re doing even though you know it isn’t working for you. You earn good money so you distract yourself with bright shiny objects and live for holidays.

You aren’t alone.


Research by the Gallup Organisation over the last few decades has found that across all countries people can be divided into 3 categories:

  • 17% are actively disengaged or in a coma, contributing nothing, being kept alive by the system having given up caring about their career.
  • 70% are not engaged, they’re like zombies mindlessly sleep walking through their careers doing OK but not great.
  • 13% are awake at work, or engaged, loving their work and achieving great success.


So which one are you?


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Like most people you’re probably sleep walking through your career which is dangerous and here’s why

  • The Black Dog Institute reports that 8 Australians die by their own hand each day and another 30 attempt suicide, with 20 per cent directly linked to their work. That means every day 2 people are taking their life and 6 people are attempting to take their life because of their career.
  • Beyond Blue says one in five Australians have taken time off work in the last year because they felt stressed, anxious or depressed. Those comments about “taking a mental health day” are no longer a joke.
  • The European Journal of Epidemiology found the risk of having a heart attack is 20 percent higher on a Monday. You don’t need a medical degree to know why.


Plus, when you’re sleep walking you aren’t watching out for the signs that your career is in danger from technology, government legislation or changing consumer spending patterns. Being awake let’s see that danger coming so you can future proof your career and avoid falling victim to redundancy, retrenchment or irrelevance.

I want to help you have a career wake up call before it’s too late because I believe you deserve to have your dream career. You just need some help to figure out what that means for you.


So how do you wake you?

Well, it starts with challenging your definition of success. Is it really yours or has it been implanted in your mind, like a hypnotist giving you a suggestion you later feel compelled to act on when the trigger word is given. For some of us that trigger word is security, for others its wealth or status. If you want to wake up you need to learn how to override your programming and create a career that gives you meaningful success.

It’s time to wake up and redefine career success on your terms.….


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I’m Karen Schmidt and I’m a career coach who shows people how to wake up and turn their career dream into reality. That might mean making some minor adjustments or making a major shift. The important thing is you make decisions based on what’s right for you, not just follow the crowd.

So who am I and how am I qualified to help you?

I have over 30 years experience working in Human Resources and Corporate Training with 20 of those years spent self employed as a speaker, facilitator and coach.

I’m the author of 5 books on career planning, personal development and leadership plus I have a degree in Adult Education and a range of other related qualifications and accreditations.

I’ve had success that fell apart because I was sleep walking through my career. I liked it but I didn’t love it. I’d been hypnotised into following someone else’s idea of success. To learn more read my story.


My goal

Now that I’ve woken up I want to use my experiences to help other people turn their dream career into reality. I can show you how to get clear on your personal definition of success and then pivot from where you are now to create a career that makes you feel awake! If you’re already awake I can help you to stay that way.

I’m not necessarily going to tell you to quit your job. Often you can create your dream career by staying where you are. What I want to do is give you the tools to make decisions that are right for you, to help you create your dream career instead of living someone else’s dream. When you do that it often turns into a nightmare!


Who I can help

I work with professional people who are successful but stressed or disillusioned.

They’re questioning the status quo and finding that it doesn’t work for them. They know that their definition of success doesn’t match their current career. They know that in the right career they can do great things. They know that it’s time to do something about it before it’s too late.

I know I can help if you’re open to being helped. If that sounds like you then take a look at my services and contact me to discuss how we can work together to turn your dream career into reality!


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