Our Why

To inspire you to transform the way you think, feel and see yourself as a professional, into someone who knows why you are so valuable in the workplace and can confidently negotiate your career, salary and conditions.

Catherine Heilemann - The Salary Coach

Catherine Heilemann

CEO & Lead Coach

I believe change can be good and that the walk of life brings incredible learning that enables us to rise up, and take control of what we can and make meaning of what we can't.

I’ve experienced heady heights and low lows. I’ve steered businesses through regularity hell, invented big data concepts., Led, managed and influenced. I’ve developed award winning strategies and have worked across multiple sectors; IT, Telco, Petroleum, Construction, Complimentary Health, Government, Infrastructure, Education, Utilities, Banking and Finance, and Insurance.

I work with CEOs, Board Members, Leaders in Industry, Heads of, Business owners, Leaders. Managers and every day workers. What stands out to me is that people are people, everyone has hopes, fears, triumphs and tribulations and I work with people to navigate what that means for them and how to get to where they want.

I use my experience in business, as an entrepreneur, inventor, and people and change transformation consultant and advisor as I coach people and really know how to make things happen. I call it a hearts and minds approach. When you know it in your mind and believe it in your heart it will be easier to achieve your goals.

I really love the work I do with people as glimmers of understanding and appreciation of their worth are switched on., I see people take steps towards their goals and make their own change happen and that is a wonderful thing.

Shirley Heilemann


My strength is getting you to trust yours.

I have over 20+ years of experience in psychology, learning and development, office management and sales; a degree in Humanities and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Critical Psychology and a post-graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology has taught me that everyone has skills that they don’t recognise as marketable.

As a salary and career coach, my goal is to guide you towards defining your career and life goals. To make sure you understand how to play to your strengths, how you can negotiate from a place of power and how to make sure you can confidently take action to make any necessary changes so that you achieve everything you want.

How We Do What We Do

Our coaching programs are crafted around our central mission: To inspire you to transform the way you think, feel and see yourself as a professional, into someone who knows why you are so valuable in the workplace and can confidently negotiate your career, salary and conditions.

With over 30 years of industry experience, we have seen it all and know that everyone at some point in their career will have questions, doubt or dilemma’s that need to be worked through. What works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for all, so we are mindful of treating each person as a person, listening to their needs and story and tailoring the coaching experience appropriately.

In order to help you with your dilemma or recognise your skills, value and take control of your career, we get to the core of what your achievements are, what value you bring and what your worth is to help you secure what you deserve.

How We Do It | The Salary Coach

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1:1 Coaching

Personalised 1:1 coaching completely tailored to you. So you can take complete control of your career and financial future. Learn how to step up and clearly define exactly what you have to offer with individualised attention, to address your specific career goals.

Looking for a new job?

The first opportunity you have to make an impression is your application, resume and cover letter and the next opportunity is at the interview. The Salary Coach can help you with that initial impact including creating a standout LinkedIn profile as well as interview coaching.

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If you want a taste of career coaching and aren’t ready to jump into 1:1 Coaching, our online courses are a great starting point. It’s the best of both worlds.

Hear from our clients​

We’ve worked with scores of people to help them discover their worth.

Read some of the stories we’re most proud of, and see how we worked with professions from a variety of sectors to help them learn to value themselves and get the reward they deserve.

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