I would recommend Rachel to anyone that feels a bit stuck with job searching- whether you have no idea what career path to go down or know exactly where you see yourself but need some encouragement and direction. She is so friendly, reassuring and an absolute expert on how to get a job and I have really enjoyed working with her.
Annabel, career changer
Working with Rachel was a really fun and engaging experience. In the space of a couple of months I went from feeling totally lost and not knowing how to get out of my current job, to feeling really confident in my abilities. After a few rounds of interviews for two jobs, I received offers for both and have started working at a tech start-up.
Working with Rachel was a revelation. Within 10 minutes I felt comfortable to tell her all about myself and every fear and concern I had regarding my career and my life in general. She helped me to breakdown my fundamental strengths by looking at what I had achieved in my past, helping me realise that I should approach finding a new career with confidence. She showed me the best ways to narrow down my search and focus on building a strong and powerful image for potential employers. Her advice and knowledge was incredibly useful at every step and gave me the clarity I needed to start a new career.
Having come from a place of being completely lost, intimidated and overwhelmed, the change has been beyond belief. I now have a job I love, my worries have disappeared and I feel so much more confident in my abilities..
My mum suggested that I contact Rachel as she recognized that I was losing confidence through my unsuccessful applications. I was feeling demotivated and confused. I had what I thought was a strong CV and cover letter, but after applying for over 30 jobs I was hearing nothing back.
I loved working with Rachel, and genuinely looked forward to each of our sessions. Rachel really helped me to see that it was vital to align my strengths and interests to the role and industry that I was choosing to go into. I had a lot of ideas and was a bit all over the place in our first session, but Rachel and her resources helped me to narrow it down and start my job search in something that I would actually enjoy.
One of the biggest turning points for me was when we were working on my CV and cover letter, and I realized how wrong I had got it before. I had good work experience and skills, but I was not communicating it well at all. I have now secured my ideal role in an industry I love.
I would definitely recommend Rachel. She is genuinely an expert at her job and has so much knowledge and insight to help anyone no matter their situation. Rachel provides ample support and resources throughout the whole process, as well as being exceptionally quick with email responses and advice in time critical situations.
Izzy graduated from the University of Leeds in the summer of 2019 with a 2:1 in Human Geography.
She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next. She had briefly considered teaching training and doing a masters in international development. But deep down she knew she wanted to live in London comfortably and be financially independent from her parents. She decided she wanted to apply for graduate schemes at large companies as the training they offered really appealed to her....
Alfie, uni student
I was studying maths at university. I had just done my first set of exams for my second year and, having done badly, decided that I wanted to retake my second year starting the following autumn.
I was not feeling good about myself; I was not doing productive things, rather spending lots of time staring at screens and trying to ignore the inevitable car crash that was about to happen. I had no real vision for the future which left me feeling uncertain about where I thought I was and where I wanted to be.
On my Mum’s recommendation I decided to do some coaching with Rachel. I hoped that I would be able to gain some perspective about what I wanted to work towards after I finished my degree, and to help me focus on what it was that was stopping me from finding motivation to work.
I found Rachel invaluable with helping me to visualise where I want to be and how to get there. She helped me to think more deeply about my situation, and what it was that I was thinking and feeling. She assisted me greatly with working out what is important to me, the values I hold and the things that I want to do.
Rachel helped me to analyse what exactly it was that I wanted from a career, what kinds of work environments would best suit this, and the skills I have that will be useful in my career. She assisted me with organising my thoughts so that I could set specific goals for what it was that I wanted to achieve, and how to achieve them.
She also helped me to evaluate the habits that I had formed and to look at them more objectively, what was useful and what was holding me back.
Together we came up with ways to make my daily routine more meaningful and enriched, and explored what it was that I wanted to do with my time.
Rachel was always friendly and easy to talk to. She was great at prompting me to come up with my own ideas to solve my problems, including sharing resources to help me think about what we talked about. She maintained a professional atmosphere, and I got the impression that she genuinely cared about everything we talked about.
Now, I am preparing to return to university in the autumn. I am currently reviewing work which I previously missed, and am engaging my mind far more effectively in both my academic work and also in my down time. I am spending less time with technology and instead focusing on creative projects to occupy my spare moments.
I also have in mind a general direction which I might like to explore when I finish my degree, and I have much more clarity about the kind of work environment I would like to be in, and the skills which I would like to bring to it.
After graduating from Oxford Brookes I felt very unsure on what to do and anxious that I would become stuck and unable to move forward with my life.
I had tried looking for jobs myself but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do nor did I know how to approach it in a professional way.
Rachel is really good at helping you pin down what you are strong at and what drives you. She is very helpful in coming up with ideas on the sorts of roles that may suit you but also lets you take the lead and try to find your own way.
I am now much more confident in knowing my strengths in the work environment and knowing what I want from a job. I also feel much more confident in trying to find a job as I know how to promote my skills and experience effectively. I have started applying for jobs and am really happy with my progress.
Josie, school leaver
Before coaching I was very lost in where I wanted to head after school. I felt like everyone had a career path and I just had no clue where or what I wanted to go into.
Coaching has helped me realise my interests and what really drives me to want to take these subjects further into potential careers. It’s also given me a better understanding of uni as well as learning how to research my own interests to gain knowledge of the subjects I’m passionate about to take further than school.
I am now feeling really confident that I have found a degree I’m passionate about and a strong personal statement. I’m excited for university now and motivated to work hard knowing I have a target at the end which I want to reach.
Before I started coaching with Rachel, I was applying for an enormous amount of jobs that I wasn’t even sure I wanted and getting nowhere. I had completed a degree completely unrelated to the field I wanted to go into so felt like it was not possible to follow that route.
Feeling frustrated and a bit lost I chose to have coaching with Rachel to try and figure out some other options and find a job that I could get excited about. Rachel’s coaching helped me to identify that Nutrition was really my passion and she showed me that there are lots of different ways to get involved and experience in the industry. Furthermore, Rachel offered interview preparation and a mock interview for a graduate scheme that I was going for.
Rachel’s extensive interview experience was completely invaluable and I learnt some solid techniques and examples that I will carry through for my interviews in the future. I ended up getting a place on the graduate scheme which I was delighted about! If you have the opportunity to work with Rachel I would definitely recommend it
Rachel encouraged and challenged me in a good way so that I came up with the answers and solutions to the best I could rather than just her. She is so easy to get along with as a coach and a person. I felt she really wanted me to succeed, even when perhaps I wasn’t feeling that motivated, she helped me to get back on track. One way that Rachel heightened my confidence was by encouraging me to reach out and connect with people in different sectors, with the right sort of questions to ask them about their careers, departments they work in and the company they work for. My attitude has changed to a much more positive one – before meeting Rachel I was often someone who said “I could do this”, but now it is more “I will”!