Highly-motivated, early to mid-career technical professionals and students who lack career direction, are frustrated with their career progress, or struggle to convince current and prospective employers about the value they can offer. This course is perfect for those who find themselves stuck while hitting their heads against the proverbial brick wall or glass ceiling.In this course, you’ll learn key essentials from an expert career coach on how to move from struggle to success including strategies successful individuals use to advance and lead fulfilling careers. We will cover:

  • Eight common misconceptions that hold individuals back from the career they want
  • Three factors leaders discuss about employees behind-the-scenes when considering who has potential for future promotions and career-making assignments
  • The #1 tool high potential employees in Fortune 500 organizations commonly use to uncover hidden strengths and blind spots that can promote or derail career potential
  • How to assess and manage your personal brand and presence at work
  • Two proven tools for summarizing your strengths and value to employers while evaluating how well a job fits with your personal strengths, values, and interests
  • How to effectively deal with resistance and overcome obstacles and setbacks along your career journey
  • Establishing a career blueprint or action plan with next steps

As an added bonus, you will gain access to 21 exercises, templates, and tools you can use immediately to enhance your learning and support your specific career challenges and goals

Mike Gellman, M.S. is Founder of High Five Career Coaching and an ICF-certified Coach. He is author of Pipe Dreams: 7 Pipelines of Career Success and serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Brandman University in interpersonal communications. Mike facilitates transformational self-discovery among highly-motivated technical professionals and leaders in various stages of their careers to gain greater clarity, create sustainable change, and achieve higher levels of excellence.

During 15+ years as an internal consultant with Fortune 500 and nonprofit organizations, Mike established and managed a one-of-a-kind Career Coaching & Development Center and a nationally-recognized, award-winning Mentorship program. He also led numerous talent management initiatives including succession planning, high potential leader development, and employee engagement.

He is a single father to a wise and witty teenage son, Jonas. With a love of the outdoors, he can be found on running and hiking trails, diving for frisbees and footballs at the park, or indulging in nature photography. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and having spent most of his professional career in San Diego, CA, he currently resides in Irvine, CA.

Course Curriculum

Module One - Getting the Big Picture
Welcome to Career Catapult 00:02:00
1.1 Exploding the Myths 00:11:00
1.2 Understanding Succession Planning & Talent Reviews 00:08:00
1.3 Understanding Organizational Dynamics 00:11:00
Module Two - Mastering Your Self
2.1 Soliciting Feedback & Enlisting Support from Others 00:05:00
2.2 Minding Your Mindset 00:06:00
2.3 Managing Your Performance & Energy 00:08:00
2.4 Managing Your Personal Brand 00:09:00
Module Three - Communicating Who You Are & What You Want
3.1 Creating a Career Portfolio 00:07:00
3.2 Targeting Your Ideal Job or Assignment 00:07:00
Module Four- Mastering Your Journey Into Action
4.1 Increasing Your Organizational Visibility & Potential 00:06:00
4.2 Responding to Resistance, Obstacles, & Setbacks 00:08:00
4.3 Career Blueprint 00:05:00
Wrap-up 00:02:00
Bonuses 00:00:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Career Catapult: 4 Essentials for Career Mastery


    Whether you are just starting out or attempting to figure things out, Mike takes you through a step by step process. From Understanding the Big Picture to Mastering your Journey into Action, by the time you have completed his course, you will have the necessary tools to get your career on track. Thank you, Mike for helping us along on our journey.

  2. Career Catapult: 4 Essentials for Career Mastery


    Mike is an expert in guiding professionals to greater career fulfillment. This course takes you through a powerful and practical step-by-step process for designing a career path that fits you. Mike’s insight and experience in helping others reach their potential is offered here for those who are ready to accelerate their impact. I recommend following Mike’s expert coaching for a comprehensive perspective on building a career that suits your strengths, whether you’re an early career professional or a more experienced leader. Thanks Mike for sharing your wisdom and coaching.



    I really like Mike Gellman’s Career Catapult online training. He presents a lot of information quickly and the downloadable worksheets included are already proving useful to me. The big picture, self, communicating, and formulating a career action plan are covered in this course. It will help put some structure to my career planning and would be useful to anyone who needs a career status check and tips for moving forward. Well done Mike and thanks for sharing your career coaching expertise online!

  4. Career Catapult courses will guide your future


    This course is really useful for everyone that either currently has a job, or seeking a career.
    With these guidelines, working professionals can enhance their skill sets to become the next generation leader.
    E. Nemeth