Sara Harrison

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Accredited Career & Leadership Coach - PCC CPCC
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Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29
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About me

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15 years ago I was introduced to the power of coaching and was so hooked by it I decided to become qualified myself. Over the last 12 years I have been inspired by the clients I have worked with and what they have achieved. A coaching session is a safe, non judgemental space to explore your concerns, challenges and aspirations. I facilitate the conversation by asking questions and listening deeply to what's on your mind. I never advise you, I will ask questions that will empower you to navigate your journey to where you want to be, I will champion you all the way.

My company name is Illuminate Career Coaching and this was born from defining my purpose as, 'Lighting up the path to empower you to shine brightly in your life and work'

My clients say, 'I build trust quickly, am approachable, intuitive, sensitive and friendly' I always inject a little fun too!

Career Coaching
Career coaching helps you build strategies to be highly motivated and fulfilled in your life and work. None of us are one dimensional, so it is important that the whole of you is considered during coaching, even if your goal is career related. Coaching can support you in progressing in your current career or exploring alternative career options and gives you an appreciation of your skills, strengths, motivators and experience. Coaching helps you set career goals that are true to who you are and supports you in achieving them.

Does your work:
Fulfil your aspirations?
Have meaning for you?
Challenge and develop you?
Use your strengths and talents?
Give you the right work/life balance?

Did you used to have all the above, but recent changes in your organisation, role or team have undermined it?

Have your life or work experiences altered what motivates you or changed your priorities?

Are you unsure about what you need to fulfil you?

If you can relate to any of the above then coaching is an empowering option to support you.


Areas Career Coaching can support you with:

  • Dealing with the responsibility of being a leader
  • Building confidence
  • Achieving promotion
  • Establishing yourself in a new role
  • Building relationships and influencing
  • Sustaining performance
  • Building the ability to bounce back when things don’t go to plan
  • Being more effective
  • Re-igniting motivation
  • Improving work/life balance
  • Changing careers

We firstly work together to assess where you are right now in order to define what you would like to achieve personally and professionally, this will allow us to set the goals for the coaching relationship.

I work with you to create positive change in your life and career. Helping you identify what motivates you and what gets in the way. I am detached from your current working environment therefore able to give you dedicated support and I am really passionate about you having a fulfilling life and career.

Clients have reported the following benefits in their career after working with me:

  • Success at interviews
  • Better performance in meetings and greater positive outcomes
  • Clearer decision making on career choices and moving into a new career.
  • Successfully raising profile to achieve well in a new role.
  • Improved performance to achieve promotion.
  • Successfully managing conflict to ensure a win-win outcome.
  • Creating a work pattern that allows more time to spend with family.
  • Eliminating stress through organisation and control.
  • Leaders spending more time managing and letting go of detail to improve individual and team performance.
  • Successful re-establishment after absence from work.

What My Clients Say...

'When I started career coaching with Sara I was under a great deal of stress at work and it had got to the point where I couldn’t sleep at night and was finding it difficult to concentrate. I was caught in a downward spiral and really needed some help to get my life back on track. Sara is a very easy person to talk to and more importantly an excellent listener. She is very knowledgeable and uses a wide variety of techniques to help you understand yourself better and find ways to deal with any issues you have.
The way I feel now is almost unrecognisable to when I started. Even though my working environment has changed very little, with Sara’s help I have the knowledge and techniques to enable me to deal with things so much better.
Having started coaching to help me through a stressful time at work the lessons I have learnt about myself have drastically changed the way I view and approach all aspects of my life.'
ST – IT Professional- Bristol

'I am really pleased that I made the decision to undergo Career Coaching and have seen a huge difference in my overall confidence, fulfillment and happiness on a work and a personal level since I began my coaching journey. I found Sara to be very engaging from the outset and her support and the trust I felt in her from very early on gave me the confidence to tackle some of the issues that I have always felt have held me back, not only in building my career, but also in my home life.
I genuinely look forward to my coaching sessions and have enjoyed putting into practice the various strategies that Sara has taken me through. I feel I have an ever expanding toolkit that I can use to improve my effectiveness, my ability to cope with more difficult situations and my relationships with family and colleagues. I just hadn’t realised the power of coaching and all credit to Sara, she has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me including promotion – I truly believe I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go for this in the way I did if I hadn’t been through coaching.
My advice if you are thinking about trying it would be to give it a go – it certainly works for me!'
JF – Practice Manager - Manchester

'I started the career coaching process with a few objectives and as Sara and I progressed I began to understand why I hadn’t been producing the results I wanted. It’s as though as I started to construct my plans it revealed my problem areas that were preventing me from achieving these. The thing that really struck me however was as Sara and I worked on these areas I received an even deeper understanding of my behaviour and found the real drivers behind my lack of progress. Dealing with these has helped me enormously and its really been a journey of understanding.
If anyone is considering career coaching, but is unsure I would urge them to keep an open mind and give it a try.'
RW – Project Manager - Halifax

'I decided to see Sara when I knew there were forthcoming redundancies at work coupled with the fact that I was no longer enjoying my job. With Sara as my guide I firstly got to know myself - what are my values, interests, passions, favourite skills and so on. This section was really thorough and the exercises we undertook brought about a really clear understanding of myself. This then enabled me to dream what a day would look like in my ideal working life. Wow - could I really make this happen? Yes I could! With Sara's continued support I am now in the process of changing career to suit me and the lifestyle I dreamt of'. RG - Operations Manager Leeds

'As a coach myself, I have very high standards for my personal coaching. Sara never lets me down. Even on occasions where I'm not particularly in the mood for our call, I always leave the session inspired and energised. Sara is rigorous and never lets me get away with whining or excuses, always holding my goals and values in sight, but does so in a way that is never judgemental. I've made a lot of personal progress since working with Sara, both in terms of practical goals and in my personal growth. And had a lot of fun along the way!' SC - Coach/Trainer Birmingham


Training, qualifications & experience


Licensed coach for the Firework Career Change Programme
Coaches Training Institute – CPCC
International Coaching Federation - PCC
Member of the International Coaching Federation
Organisational & Relationship Systems Coaching
BA(Hons) Business Information Systems


My coaching experience includes:
Supporting clients to undertake a career change/transition
Assisting business owners to develop their business.
Working with leaders to reach their potential
Helping clients identify their strengths to enhance their current career and supporting them in identifying roles that are more aligned with their values.
Developing CVs
Preparing for Interviews

Areas of Expertise

Career Development
Leadership Development
Business Coaching
Career Change
Life Coaching
Building motivation & confidence
Returning to work
Work/life balance

Member organisations

UK International Coach Federation (ICF)

The International Coach Federation is the professional association for personal and business coaches worldwide.

Coaches can become accredited by the ICF, who have three grades of membership: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Master Certified Coach's have achieved a substantial level of training and experience.

Members of ICF are accountable to a professional code of ethics.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Career Development
Leadership Development
Business Coaching
Career Change
Life Coaching
Building motivation & confidence
Returning to work
Work/life balance


Additional information

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your particular requirements.

* I offer a free 30 min initial consultation*

When I work

Monday - Wednesday - 6pm - 8pm, Thursday - 9am - 8pm, Friday - 9am - 1pm

Further information

Currently I work with clients nationally via zoom or phone

* I am happy to coach after 6pm on some evenings*

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29

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Sara Harrison
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