What is First 5?

‘First 5 with Jennifer Koller’ empowers students, graduates and early career employees with the smarts to navigate the foundational years of their career, helping them to set the vision and clarify the direction for their lives, enhance their experience, cultivate crucial skills to last them a lifetime and work on what matters the most for their future. The First 5 coaching approach works to create lasting change. Helping you to smartly navigate the foundational years of your career and set you up for longterm success. If you’re struggling to identify the goals you want to achieve in your first 5 years, we can help you to find your direction. Whether you are trying to identify the right career for you, thinking of changing your career direction or develop your job seeking skills, our innovative Career Coaching and Guidance Programs help students, graduates and young professionals in the early stages of their careers, to get to where they want to be.

Why is coaching so powerful?

Coaching is about asking questions rather than providing the solution, so it becomes self-generating. That means that even if you don’t initially know what to do and how to do it, you will be better placed to solve your own problems in the future. You decide your outcomes. Coaching frees up your thinking about yourself and your situation, it helps you to uncover hidden assumptions, and see yourself in a fresh way. It provides new options for action. Coaching can be a little confronting as well as exciting, as it is about change. It is an opportunity for you to be as open as you choose to be about your dreams and your doubts. And it’s powerful because it is all about you. Unlike other development processes which can be a bit hit and miss, coaching focuses solely on you and your needs.

What should people expect from Jennifer’s coaching?

The best athletes have coaches, and the best leaders should too. First 5’s coaching approach is designed to come alongside you, as an experienced partner to help you on your life and/or career journey. First 5 is all about helping you see the world around us through the lense of transformation, while fundamentally being your advocate and cheerleader. Additionally, Jennifer is trained to assist individuals to achieve transformative behavioral change, which is key to coaching. With an innate ability of helping people to bring out the best in themselves, her global perspective and insightful coaching style is designed to help you thrive. Integrity is critical, and you can be confident Jennifer will keep information you share confidential.

Does coaching really work?

When coaching is goal-focused, yes it does. The clearer you are about what you want to achieve, the more likely you are to achieve it. Making goals explicit, public, and including some ‘stretch’ increases the effectiveness of coaching. Jennifer’s coaching approach is informed by a practical business understanding and is focused on accelerating leadership growth. This usually involves transformational change created through deep insight into leadership identity and exploring the coachee’s growth edge. Relevant frameworks and tools embed insight into new, more effective behaviours and skills.

What steps can can I take to find a job that suits me?

We offered the following advice to students, graduates and young professionals:

  • Have a clear plan about where you want to be.
  • Recognise your skills, passions, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develop the skill set and discipline you’ll need to get a job.
  • Leverage your networks (friends, university lecturers, business associates, family connections).
How First 5’s coaching can help.

Finding a job often requires more than a hard-earned degree. It’s important for graduates to have a clear understanding of what suits them and what they’re passionate about, as well as to recognise opportunities and develop the job-search skills they need. This is where a good career coach like Jennifer and her team, can be invaluable, as it provides an opportunity to work with someone with the expertise to guide and advise you. Our task is to help develop the skills you need, and keep you focused on your goal – much like a personal trainer does for physical fitness. When you’re applying for that job, we make sure you have everything you need to be the standout candidate.

How do I book a session with Jennifer and the First 5 team?

You can book a session online on our Coaching and Bootcamps Page OR by contacting us on
+18328384474 or emailing contact@first5coaching.com.