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Life for Sandra has dramatically changed over the past 2 years. Over the course of the coaching programme, Sandra quit her permanent role and started her business...


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I worked with Maria for five sessions in early 2018 when she first set up as a life coach. I was unsure as to what this process would actually involve and was a bit concerned that it might all be a bit alternative, which would not have been my cup of tea. Thankfully the reality was nothing like this. The experience of life coaching with Maria allowed me to gain clarity around what I wanted to achieve both personally and professionally. It was really helpful to take some time and space to work out what I actually wanted to achieve as opposed to focusing on what I ‘should’ achieve or on others expectations.

Our work together helped me to develop the tools and techniques to identify my goals and the confidence to follow through on achieving them. Since I completed my work with Maria I have been promoted and I will begin a post graduate course later this year. Life coaching helped me to decide to really go for both these goals and I am very happy with my decisions and the results.

Maria is an excellent coach who does not impose her own solutions but rather helps you to develop the solutions that will work in your life. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to gain insight and clarity in either their personal or professional lives..

Orla Twomey - Career Coaching Client

I recently attended a career coaching session with Maria and I cannot recommend her services enough.  She was extremely professional, informative and accommodating throughout the entire process. She helped me to reach clarity about the direction of my professional future and create attainable goals to help me achieve career progression. Maria’s passion and insight really shines through when working with her and I cannot adequately express how beneficial I found the career coaching session. 

Mairead O'Donnell - Career Coaching Client

From our first meeting Maria really made me think about what it was I wanted to do, structuring my goals in a way that I’d never thought of before, she helped me focus on the things that really mattered to me and how I could achieve them. Coaching with Maria allowed me to figure out how I could combine my interests and love of art with my working life. Fear had been preventing me from taking the steps necessary to make my art classes happen before. Maria helped me to re-evaluate what was important to me gave me the inspiration and tools I needed to explore possibilities out there and the confirmation that I can make it work. Maria gave me the space I needed to think out loud and offered just the right amount of support and encouragement to keep me going forward. Because of my work with Maria, I was able to identify my goals, narrow my focus set up my art classes. I found Maria to be practical and straight-forward and very encouraging. Thank you Maria.”

Claire Daniels - Coaching Client

I received career coaching from Maria at a time when I was completing a graduate programme and I was trying to determine my next step. The coaching I received was excellent and it provided me with many different options to choose from. Furthermore, Maria assisted me with my CV and job interview preparation as soon as a role I wanted came up. I was successful in my interview and I have Maria to thank for this. The guidance and support I received was second to none. It is now almost a year since my last coaching session and I am still using the notes and techniques that Maria taught me

Aine O'Sullivan - Career Coaching Client

Maria O’Dwyer created and presented a number of bespoke personal development and career preparation programmes for a variety of our (Cork Sports Partnership) Coaching Groups.  Maria is both professionally and personally well-suited for this line of work, she gets to know the participants and creates a uniquely designed plan for both the group and for each person based on their needs. I would highly recommend Maria to those who would benefit from this kind of personalised support and guidance. Every aspect of the programme positively impacted the participants. These included both interactive workshops, 1:1 coaching and interviews, everyone really enjoyed the participatory nature of the course content. Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive

James Kirby - Cork Sports Partnership

I approached Maria through a personal recommendation to help with my job search and improve my self confidence. Through a series of video conference calls & active engagement, Maria guided me and recommended some techniques for both interviews and job searching. I found her to be very personable, approachable, friendly and an active listener, listening to my needs and concerns and coming up with great recommendations. I also appreciate that way beyond the initial career coaching session via video, Maria keeps in touch to see if she can be of further help. A very genuine, warm person with some great coaching skills and confidence boosting suggestions. I recommend her 100%.

Maurizio Mallia - Career Coaching Client

Maria ran a block of six Career Preperation workshops for our students on the Go Adventure programme at Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre. Her professionalism, knowledge, coaching, guidance and delivery engaged the students each week. Her workshops have given several students the confidence to attend interviews, apply for courses and reflect on their previous experience and learning. One of our students attended an interview recently and followed the coaching she had from Maria and had a very successful outcome.’

Sinead Pollock - Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre

Maria is a professional with true passion for what she does, you can tell immediately that she loves her job and helping others. She possesses a deep understanding of the recruiting/staffing industry, the kind of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere on the internet (and believe me, I’ve looked everywhere.). The kind of knowledge that only people with extensive experience in this area have access to, but won’t share. On top of that, she makes you feel you are her only client and that she truly cares about you as a person and a professional. She provided me with useful tips and insights on the interviewing process, and again, not the general stuff you can find online but what happens behind curtains and how to be properly prepared and deal with it. She has a very pragmatic and methodical approach in her analysis and recommendations, always keeping in mind your specific case and how to turn an interview into a job offer. I found her a really committed and reliable professional and would surely recommend her.

Jesús Avila Landeau - Career Coaching Client

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