Testimonials - Balloon


In the last years I con­sult­ed over 500 indi­vid­ual clients. Issues ranged from pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, reori­en­ta­tion, lead­er­ship per­for­mance on the job or mar­ket­ing strate­gies for free­lancers. Most of them were in mid-career or senior posi­tions with inter­na­tion­al pro­files, bina­tion­al back­ground or expats. In the fol­low­ing a selec­tion of their feedback.

I came to Jacque­line with a desire for a big change, but did not see clear­ly where I should direct my ener­gy. Dur­ing the coach­ing I became more aware of my strengths and core com­pe­ten­cies. She then guid­ed me in fil­ter­ing my many options, and iden­ti­fy­ing even new ones. With this new clar­i­ty and vision, I found the right job in no time.

Julia Jür­gens, Head of Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment, METRO AG, Düs­sel­dorf, (ZIF Expert Roster)

Dur­ing tur­bu­lent pro­fes­sion­al times Jacque­line has been an enor­mous sup­port. New on the job mar­ket in Berlin I came to her with many ques­tions and doubts. I found in her a pro­fes­sion­al and hon­est source of exper­tise and knowl­edge that guid­ed me through my career chang­ing times. She is also some­one who under­stands expats well and their inte­gra­tion needs in a work place such as Berlin.

Marcela Gay­bor, Pub­lic Affairs spe­cial­ist relo­cat­ing from Brus­sels to Berlin

Jacque­line is a fan­tas­tic coach with a wealth of expe­ri­ence. On sev­er­al occa­sions dur­ing my career, her thought­ful ques­tions have guid­ed me to find my own answers and to select the right path for­ward. I high­ly rec­om­mend her!

Daria Nashat, Nashat Con­sult­ing – Lead­ing with Resilience, Brussels

Coach­ing with Jacque­line has been a pow­er­ful expe­ri­ence for my pro­fes­sion­al as well as pri­vate life. She helped me sort out my miss­ing links in order to advance my career and iden­ti­fy nec­es­sary steps of action. Last but not least she made me real­ize how impor­tant it is to spend qual­i­ty time in both areas of my life: pro­fes­sion­al and pri­vate. In spite of a very busy agen­da I under­stood how cru­cial it is to take the time to focus on myself so as to be at my per­son­al best.

Prof. Dr. Zofia F., Board Mem­ber with­in the inter­na­tion­al bank­ing sec­tor, Warsaw

Want­i­ng to change my career path in search of inter­na­tion­al jobs is when I met Jacque­line. She helped me iden­ti­fy my trans­fer­able skills and encour­aged me to use my diverse back­ground rather as a strength than a weak­ness. I then man­aged a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion into a new field. Even after I start­ed my job Jacque­line act­ed as men­tor to dis­cuss and over­come first dif­fi­cul­ties in my new role. Her advice was always sen­si­tive, pru­dent, and expe­ri­enced. Last but not least, she is a kind and calm per­son and there­fore very pleas­ant to work with.

Ver­e­na Mauch, Senior TB Con­sul­tant, KNCV Tuber­cu­lo­sis Foun­da­tion, Den Haag

As career coach Jacque­line was extreme­ly sup­port­ive under­stand­ing all my con­cerns, and pro­vid­ing for pos­si­ble solu­tions “on the fly”. I was pleased to work with her and high­ly appre­ci­at­ed her inputs in the result! Dur­ing our ses­sions we pro­gressed from CV edit­ing and adopt­ing it to Ger­man stan­dards, dis­cussing the over­all job mar­ket sit­u­a­tion, up to prepar­ing face-to-face meet­ings with hir­ing man­agers. She pro­vid­ed me with a very good under­stand­ing of local spe­cif­ic as well as mean­ing­ful feedback.

Tat­jana M., Senior IT Con­sul­tant from Rus­sia relo­cat­ing to Germany

Start­ing career coun­sel­ing with Jacque­line was one of my smartest career moves yet. It got me think­ing about where my pro­file fit into the mar­ket, encour­aged me to cul­ture new con­tacts and devel­op a force­ful appli­ca­tion pack­age. When one late night I stum­bled across a per­fect online job advert with a short dead­line, I was well pre­pared to tweak my CV accord­ing­ly and com­pose a con­vinc­ing let­ter of intent. A while lat­er I got the antic­i­pat­ed call – a native Eng­lish speak­er in Ger­many in the mid­dle of the worst finan­cial cri­sis in years (2009) – and found my dream job!

Shaughn McArthur, Pol­i­cy and Influ­ence Lead, CARE Cana­da, Ottawa
(Her­tie School Alum­ni, Mas­ter in Pub­lic Policy)

A devel­op­ment expert from Peru with over 10 years’ expe­ri­ence in the Andean region I relo­cat­ed to Berlin for a grad­u­ate pro­gram at the Her­tie School. When I turned to Jacque­line for career coun­sel­ing she imme­di­ate­ly under­stood the chal­lenge of being a mid-career con­sul­tant look­ing for high-qual­i­ty project work with only basic Ger­man. With­out her guid­ance, I would most like­ly not have found my cur­rent employ­er GIZ — hav­ing then had to return to Peru thus miss­ing out on an inter­na­tion­al career.

Car­men R., Senior Devel­op­ment Con­sul­tant, GIZ, Berlin (Her­tie School Alum­ni, Mas­ter in Pub­lic Policy)