Steve Preston - The Career Catalyst Breakthrough Career
and Personal Development

Career Coaching Programmes

"Are you at a career crossroads? Stuck in a rut? Maybe feeling like a square peg in a round hole? Let me help you make the rest of your work life the best of your work life!"

Steve is recognised as The Career Catalyst ®. A leading UK based Career Coach but with clients and advocates internationally. He has the highest level membership of the Association for Coaching and is also one of an elite few selected by the Chartered Management Institute to provide career coaching support for redundancy.

Steve provides private career coaching for a wide range of Professionals and Executives in the UK and around the globe. He has achieved great success in coaching hundreds of clients to achieve their career and life goals, whether this be:

  • Successful career transition following redundancy
  • Career progression to management, senior management or a top executive role
  • Achieving a complete career change
  • Developing a Portfolio Career
  • Setting up and starting a new business
  • Growing your business to the next level
  • Reviewing and re-inventing your business
  • Becoming a Career Coach

Why work with Steve? 

Because........With his expert career coaching, Steve will take you to a place you can't reach by yourself to make the rest of your work life the best of your work life! This is proven by his success in transforming the lives and careers of hundreds of people at all stages of their careers, across many business sectors, around the globe. Working with Steve, following his unique 6 step Career Navigation Cycle process, you will gain clarity, build your confidence, self belief, develop your vision and keep motivated and on track to achieve your career and life goals! See a small sample of testimonials at the foot of the page.

If you would like career coaching with Steve Preston The Career Catalyst ®, contact Steve now as he only works with one or two executive and professional clients each month, in addition to his role as MD for SMP Solutions (Career & People Development) Ltd. Steve has developed a range of popular and successful Career Coaching Programmes, to achieve your desired breakthrough, which he will personalise to your needs. Your sessions can be face-to-face, remotely over Zoom or Skype or a combination of both, depending on your location and your availability.

Listen to Santosh share how coaching from Steve has helped her to develop an exciting new fulfilling portfolio career based on passion, pleasure and profit!

Outplacement & Career Transition Support for Executives & Professionals

If you are facing redundancy and your company or organisation have agreed (or you can negotiate!) to provide you with Outplacement / Career Transition support, contact Steve to discuss  how he can can tailor an individual programme of support for your needs through his specialist company SMP Solutions (Career & People Development) Ltd.

Focused 2 Hour Breakthrough Coaching Session

Are you looking to make a specific breakthrough in your career or life?

  • You wish to have a short, sharp blast of focused career coaching to achieve specific goal e.g. achieve a promotion or win an interview?
  • You want to take the first step towards a career change and value an intensive review of your current work and life situation?
  • You may wish to have an empowering and enlightening coaching session with Steve to establish your most important career Values & Needs?
  • You would value a 'What's Next' Life Planning session with your partner to work through your joint aspirations as you wind down in the twilight years of your career?

If any of these sound appealing to you, Steve's 2 hour breakthrough coaching session  has proven to be the catalyst for many people to achieve a specific career or life goal and might be just what you need to make your breakthrough!

What is included

  • Initial email from Steve outlining your preparation for the session
  • Any relevant 'tools' or materials required for for activities in your session
  • 2 hour face to face session in Central London, Ruislip, other agreed location OR over Zoom/Skype
  • Steve's comprehensive follow up email with reflections from the session and suggested actions

Your investment

Steve's Focused 2 hour  Breakthrough Career Coaching session is great value at a special inclusive price of £395!   

If you "want to make the rest of your work life the best of your work life"contact Steve now for an initial confidential free consultation or  Book Now

Breakthrough Career Development Programme

Steve's most popular career coaching programme for professionals up to middle management level, at a career crossroads. Working 1:1 with Steve to focus on your goals has helped many people progress their career to achieve their dream job or change careers and transform their lives! You could be next. How great would it feel to take control of your career and life?

Steve’s Breakthrough Career Development Programme comprises of 8 hours personalised, 1:1 career coaching support, working with Steve through his unique, empowering 6 Step Career Navigation Cycle process. You can organise your programme in 2 hour chunks or flexibly to suit your needs. You determine with Steve the frequency and duration of your sessions, over a 2-3 month period. Each coaching session is followed up with top line reflective e-mails and suggested action points. You also have the option to pay in two instalments in advance of each four hours.

Steve's flexible Breakthrough Career Development Programme provides you with the opportunity to select the individual career coaching sessions that meet your own career and personal development needs through face to face meetings or remotely over Zoom/Skype, depending on your location and availability. 

The first session is usually an in depth career and life review. This helps to flesh out your key needs to personalise your programme. Please note: Your career coaching programme is highly flexible and as such is likely to evolve based around your changing priorities. This way you will get the very best from your support, as this is your investment in time, energy and cost, so it must be right for you!        

Your Investment

Steve's Breakthrough Career Development Programme is priced at £1360 inclusive, which offers exceptional value. You can also pay in two £700 instalments in advance of each 4 hours of support. Longer career coaching programmes are also available or programmes can be extended on an ad hoc basis.

If you "want to make the rest of your work life the best of your work life" contact Steve now for an initial confidential free consultation and bookings.

Signature Executive Career Coaching Programme

Steve's 'signature' coaching programme is an excellent option for executives and senior career professionals to tailor a highly flexible programme of career coaching and personal development support for your needs. Steve will help you to re-evaluate your career direction to achieve a complete career and working lifestyle change (maybe following redundancy) or progress your career into top roles. Either way, Steve will help you to become the architect of your own future and how great would that feel? 

Working with Steve through his empowering and proven successful 6 step Career Navigation Cycle process, you start with an in-depth review of your current career and life situation, from which Steve will help you shape your needs and priorities. Your bespoke executive career coaching programme truly is a 'voyage of self-discovery' to help you transition to the next stage of your career with an open mind and bright new perspective.   

You drive the pace, frequency and duration of your career coaching sessions, face to face or over Zoom/Skype. Steve will follow up each session with comprehensive email reflections and suggested actions. Steve will challenge you and your thinking, keep you focused, motivated and building momentum to achieve your desired goals! Much added value comes from the follow up, key actions and motivation between sessions, which some people say 'is where the magic happens'. Kath Wood, a very satisfied executive client, constantly commented on the benefits of Steve's coaching and follow up and was happy to share this with you: 

"Steve’s follow up emails go way beyond providing a summary of the coaching session. They provide an insightful and analytical resource that multiplies the value of his executive programme, giving it greater impact in between sessions, greatly supporting the all important personal reflection time”

Steve forges strong relationships with his clients, with many becoming friends and advocates for his work. He is a very giving and excellent 'connector', affording clients the opportunity to tap into his wide network of contacts, including Interim Management, private and public sector executive search consultants and other business specialists. Unlike many other Executive Career Management Consultancies, Steve doesn't charge extra for this service. Clients often comment on how this is an invaluable, understated and hidden benefit to Steve's executive career coaching programmes.          

Your Investment

Steve's signature Executive Career Coaching programme is totally bespoke, with an inclusive price of £1995. This provides excellent value for up to 10 hours 1:1 executive career coaching and support spread over 3 months but with access to Steve for up to 6 months. Steve can also organise longer career coaching and mentoring programmes for up to 12 months, to suit your needs and availability or programmes can be extended on an ad hoc basis. Flexible payment options are also available.

If you "want to make the rest of your work life the best of your work life"contact Steve now for an initial confidential free consultation and bookings.

One day Executive Personal Masterclasses

For the brave hearted, Steve also offers his legendary One Day Personal Masterclass career coaching for busy executives and senior career professionals.

Sample Testimonials from Steve's Breakthrough Career Development & Executive Career Development Programmes

"Steve’s Executive Breakthrough Career Development Programme is best described as the difference between looking at a road map and having a GPS in my car!
I would never dream of heading towards an unknown destination without one or other but quite simply, Steve’s Executive Breakthrough Career Development Programme has helped me keep on track in my career change journey. Despite the diversions and road blocks which most of us encounter when visiting previously uncharted territory of changing career path, whether by choice or as a result of redundancy, I do not believe that I could have got in the driving seat let alone stayed the course without his support!
Working with Steve has helped me focus on my ultimate destination and enabled me to be in the driving seat of my chosen career path. Until I started the programme, I was blinded by the oncoming headlights and stuck in a jam. Unlike the M25, Steve’s Career Navigation Cycle process enabled me to set off and change direction without losing sight of where I ultimately wanted to be.
I would also recommend Winning Though Redundancy – Six steps to navigate your way to a brighter future’ an absolute must read and having Steve as your navigator on the most exciting journey you will ever make!"
Bill Stewart

"Working with Steve has made a real and lasting difference to my life - sounds dramatic but it's true. His way of working and career coaching really resonated with me; we had fun but got through a whole load of difficult stuff!
Steve helped me to find a good work/life balance, to recognise what I had to offer and to have the confidence to demonstrate it to others. As a result, I am more focused at work, achieving great results that others are recognising and happier at home. Steve has continued to be a confidante and friend to me and I am so pleased to have met him."
Lisa Hughes

"When I was stuck in a rut and looking to develop my career to the next stage, I enlisted Steve's help to provide the focus and clarity I needed to ensure that I was applying for the right jobs and to also market myself in the most effective way. Steve helped me to really understand my true marketability, what was important to me in my next role and motivated me to achieve job success. He is an encouraging, professional and expert and I highly recommend him and his career coaching for any professionals and executives looking to develop their career."
Richard Castleton

"I decided to review my business direction as I had reached a point where it was clear to me that some of my biggest clients would be affected by the recession – especially my public sector clients who were about to be hit with massive cuts. I contacted Steve because we had so much in common on the occasions when we met for informal catch ups. Steve suggested that we start afresh with a look at my business and personal values. Then we could start examining my options. From there we could create a new business plan. Over a few sessions with Steve, I managed to gain further clarity and explore the pros and cons of my new ideas. What I particularly appreciated with Steve, is that he gave me practical strategies and put me in touch with other excellent providers who could help move my business along. Thanks to Steve, I hope to have a profitable and fun year. I have no hesitation in recommending Steve as a great coach and mentor."
Hoda Lacey

"I signed up to Steve's Breakthrough Career Development Programme. It provided me with the tools to identify the road blocks to my future career! The process was quite eye opening in that Steve helped me to realise so many skills, attributes and achievements of mine but I have never registered them as such. I am now in a position to sell myself more confidently and I know it’s up to me to make it happen!"
Seema Pattni

Steve was the first professional Manager I had back in the 1980's. After 20 years our paths crossed again when I was stuck in a rut and in real need to develop my career. I contacted Steve having had a bad experience with a well known large career management consultancy and was getting nowhere! I used Steve's coaching experience to identify my key skills and marketability and help create a CV that would stand out from the rest and get in front of potential employers. Within a matter of weeks I was getting interest. Steve then coached me how to win the interview, as like many sales people, although I can sell pretty much any product I was struggling to sell myself in the most effective way and create impact at an interview. I managed to achieve this and land a role with a superb company. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Steve to any professional or executive who wants to move on or change their career and needs the expert advice and one to one coaching that he offers"
Dino Toouli

"At a time when I felt at the peak of a career crossroads, Steve not only focused my mind but helped me to understand what it was that I really wanted and needed. Steve not only gave me a sense of direction but opened my mind to the situation I was in and where my future lay, in terms of career progression but also the need I felt for a position that had meaning and that could give me a sense of achievement that reached beyond the 9-5. Steve gave me some great advice on building my CV and helped me to fine tune the highlights and achievements I wanted to present to prospective employers. After spending months deliberating, within weeks I had two offers on the table from two fantastic companies and had the luxury of choosing which offer to accept! My career has really taken off but without Steve’s help I believe I would still be confused and unsure of where to begin, so I could not make a higher recommendation!"
Sasha Harbridge


Catch Steve Preston The Career Catalyst ® Speaking

Steve is a regular speaker at City Business Library, London, Professional Associations, and a keynote for major career events and conferences. Catch one of Steve’s inspiring seminars on Navigating Your Way to a Brighter Future, Changing Careers, Winning Through Redundancy, Portfolio Careers & Lifestyle, Successful Job Search Strategies, Winning at Interviews, Networking in the Digital Age, Outplacement & Career Transition and many other Career & Personal Development topics.