Coach of the Month – Megan Fitzgerald

NAME:  Megan Fitzgerald

TITLE:  Expat and International Career Coach

BUSINESS NAME:  Career By Choice

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:  My professional and executive clients work for Fortune 500 firms like Cisco and Microsoft, embassies & the United Nations on 6 continents. To read about their coaching experience:

NICHE:  I catalyze the careers of forward-thinking expat professionals, executives and entrepreneurs by helping them become highly visible, sought-after experts and leaders and succeed abroad. By thriving in positions aligned with their strengths and global lifestyle, these global minds are recognized and well-compensated for the value they create. And they’re best positioned to impact change in their organizations and the world.

EXPAT EXPERIENCE:  My strategic, 360 degree approach to building international careers is informed by 20 years of experience supporting professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and organizations worldwide. I’ve lived in 12 cities in 4 countries, had short term assignments in Africa, Asia and Eastern and Western Europe, and worked in 40+ countries on 6 continents.

LANGUAGES:  English, Italian

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  I have 20 years of experience in career, business and organizational development in 40+countries. I’ve designed business training for entrepreneurs, career and recruitment programs for universities and coaching programs for executives worldwide. I’ve worked across many sectors, industries and economies – in profit and non-profit, in the developed and developing world. I’ve been in managerial, senior and director level roles as well as being a consultant and business owner. Although my focus on impacting change for growth and maximizing potential was always the same, the roles and cultures in which I worked provided new ways for me to stretch and grow.

I have degrees in International Relations, Semiotics and Multimedia Communications. I have certifications in personal branding, executive coaching, career coaching, online identity management, social media marketing and multiple assessments. Named a top 50 personal branding consultant, I’ve been featured in Fortune Magazine, CNN Money, Wall Street Journal Online, Fox Business Online, Italy Magazine and The Telegraph as well as numerous career and expat books and publications on and offline.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WORKING IN THIS NICHE:  Leveraging my own expat experience and natural strengths to help other forward thinking global minds overcome the unique challenges in today’s global marketplace. I love helping unearth a person’s unique value and equipping them to communicate it in a compelling way to so they can position themselves to impact meaningful change in their organizations and the world.

COACHING STYLE:  Direct, strategic, 360 degree exploration of opportunities and challenges. I use coaching, teaching, assessments, tools, exercises, skills building and strategic action plans to help guide my clients to realize their international career goals.

FAVORITE COACHING TOOL:  I use assessments that provide a detailed portrait of how you think, choose and act that no other personality or behavioral assessments can provide. With this information and understanding of your true strengths you can optimize your career choices and position yourself for roles that can maximize your professional satisfaction and performance.

WHY CLIENTS CHOOSE ME AS A COACH:  My forward thinking, creative problem solving and tenacious commitment to my clients’ success. My focus on personal branding, online identity and a proven track record. My clients have:

• Secured jobs in new countries & industries
• Secured promotions & 50% salary increases
• Recognized for pioneering work & growth as leaders
• Built portable businesses, websites & blogs
• Built or expanded global network & client base
• Published or featured in major media & industry publications

TIP FOR MY NICHE:  Embrace your true strengths and unique value as the only constant in a dynamic global marketplace – they are critical to your success abroad. They drive your performance, your differentiation and are your ultimate competitive advantage.


My story on Fortune/CNN Money:  VIDEO (1:54):

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  1. Delphine Keaney
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Appreciating the persistence you put into your website and in depth information you provide. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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