Kate App

Kate App ✓ certified mentor

✓ certified mentor
Tech Product Owner, Engineer, Coach

❓How to find meaningful work? ...that also pays well

❓What's at the intersection of my passion and skills? ...and the world actually needs

❓How to rise above my current career level and see what's beyond the horizon?...without losing solid ground

❓How to raise a happy family? ...and keep my career, finances, sanity, and fitness level as well

These questions have been on my mind for more than 30+ years. I don't promise I'll give you 'the answers'. What I can offer you is my perspective and space for you to find your own answers.

👉Who am I?

My career took me places: Web designer, Software engineer/developer, (Technical) Product owner, Project manager, Team lead, Content creator, Coach.

In 2016 I set a goal to become financially independent in 5 years. To keep my eyes on the goal I started a blog: https://eyesonthegoal.com/

Writing helped me realize it's not only the financial freedom that I'm after. I want to create a "life I don't need a vacation from" including work that I'm enthusiastic to jump out of bed in the morning for. That's a whole other game.

In 2020 I became a mother and I had to level up once more. BIG time.

👉What's next?

Get in touch if you're overwhelmed, in a transition, with lots of clouds in your head, but you know the sun is shining somewhere there behind the clouds.

I offer my perspective and space for you to explore what you really want and what your next step is.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Clarity on what you want and how to get there
  • Personal and financial freedom
  • Career orientation & development
  • Using your fears to propel you forward: https://eyesonthegoal.com/use-fear-to-catapult-you/
  • Creativity and authenticity
  • Public speaking
  • Sabbatical
J.
18.April 2022

Kate really did a fantastic job. I could choose between her role as mentor and coach. She was present. Asked good questions and gave useful advice. I highly recommend anyone to make an appointment with her. Thank you so much Kate!

D.
6.April 2022

It was the best coaching call I've ever had. Very calm, with excellent questions getting quickly to the essentials.

N.
2.March 2022

Yes, that helped me get a different perspective on the problem/question I am facing. Overall very insightful, nice discussion and that will definitely help me in my decision.

L.
5.October 2021

I found what I expected from Kate in the session. Kate shared a lot with me about her insights into her career and life. Doing things out of love, not fear, and the balance point in your life is something dynamic not fixed, and many other meaningful thoughts, all are important to me at this stage of my life. It is also a very heart-warming moment to meet with a person who can truly understand you and your current situation. All my best wishes to Kate and her family.

A.
23.August 2021

The session with Katerina was very helpful. Katerina is an amazing listener and answered my questions from multiple perspectives.

M.
19.August 2021

Very helpful, thank you so much for helping me getting a bit out of my own head. Very relaxing and constructive session.

B.
8.June 2021

I didn't know what to expect and didn't have any specific questions prepared, just thought it would be nice to get some insights from the real Product Manager.

Katerina gave me some confidence, proving that I am doing right and just need to follow the strategy I have.

Thank you very much!

C.
14.April 2021

I really liked our session.

In the beginning I was a bit unsure how it will work and I know that I am a very impatient person what brings me to talk over to much sometimes.

You asked the right questions which kept me thinking and writing down afterwards what my next steps will be. Thank you also for sharing your experience and your view as well as your message afterwards.

X.
13.January 2021

It's important to be present, attentive and curious :)

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