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Career Clarity Coach for the UK's over 40s

About me

Most people over 40 find themselves at a career crossroads at some point and need career coaching to give them a new direction and boost their confidence.

  • Do you want to know specifically what you personally need to look for – and avoid – in your next career move? Y/N
  • Do you want to understand what’s most important to you professionally at this stage in your life? Y/N
  • Do you want to understand precisely to what level your current situation is fulfilling you – or not fulfilling you – and why? Y/N
  • Do you want to have confidence knowing whether being employed or self-employed would suit you best? Y/N
  • For a new role, do you want to know the most important questions that you personally need to ask the interviewer? Y/N
  • For a new business or creative endeavour, do you want to know what sort of options would be good to explore? Y/N

I predominantly support the UK's mid to senior executives over the age of 40 who want clarity on whether to change career and how to make that change. Clients learn if they are best suited to being an employee or to having their own business. They discover which roles and workplace cultures to pursue - and avoid - and find their unique career direction to prevent regret at retirement.

Working remotely, each client starts with a Career Audit and Future Direction Service. As well as career coaching and guidance, I provide extensive and practical tools including an incredibly effective CV, LinkedIn profile and cover letter. My background in marketing and motivation has created an effective methodology that supports people compassionately (with big nudges when required) as they transition from uncertainty to confidence.

Read more about the tailored and individual career coaching services you can choose from.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited Licensed Practitioner of an Assessment Tool (trained and experienced in interpreting with accuracy and insight the results of a profiling tool that I use to identify an individual's current professional drivers and what it means for their next career move)

Certified Learning and Development Practitioner, British Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) (confirmed my style of educating, instruction and communication are suitable for clients whose learning styles and needs differ greatly)

ILM Executive Coaching and Mentoring Level 7 (means I understand how client self-reflection is useful)

BA Hons in Marketing (very useful as I understand branding and can "pitch you" to future employers on LinkedIn, CVs, interviews, websites etc).

Read my professional story which started over 20 years ago and which led me to Career Coaching here:

Member organisations


Association for Coaching (AC)

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The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.


European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

EMCC UK is part of the Europe-wide European Mentoring & Coaching Council.

Together their aim is to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe.

EMCC is an independent, impartial and non-profit making organisation.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

career coaching, career confidence, motivation, midlife career change, encore career, second career, over 40, over 50, over 60, transition, career change, career guidance, new role, new position, new business, affordable career coaching.


From £700.00 to £4,000.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

Several Career Coaching Services are available to suit your budget, from clarifying phone calls, to CV and cover letter writing to get you interviews, to interview preparation to full on weekly support, to long-term career path discovery. The choice is yours.

Read why my clients recommend me here:

"Seeing as you updated my CV for me, I thought you’d like to know that during the interview for the Head of Communications role, the Marketing Director told me she had received over 300 CVs for the role. She had selected just 8 to interview – of which I was one (pretty chuffed)".

"She secured two interviews from two applications!"

"I had three job offers in the end."

"Having decided where my career direction lay, it was when I started to apply for jobs that Suzanne’s help and advice really started to pay off. Armed with a better understanding of my needs and a new found confidence, I had several successful interviews and even managed to negotiate an improvement in my job offer before starting! This is something I would never normally have attempted."

"The support received from Suzanne was fantastic and her understanding of me as an individual (even though we have never met) was amazing. The insights I received into my own motivation and also my level of satisfaction with my current situation were spot on – even though I didn’t realise it until Suzanne provided me with the details! Since completing the process I have an action plan to move forward with real goals and I have to say I have completed most of them and feel in a far better place."

"My fear was that Suzanne would lack substance, be too fluffy or would push me too fast into making decisions. None of which was the case. Suzanne carefully guided me through a thorough evaluation of my strengths to root around in my career and personal goals, uncovering ambitions long forgotten and tucked away."

"I was looking at salary and location, one of the most important factors about your service was that you kept reminding of other facts I would have missed. I had three job offers. Having you guide me through the whole process, with interview questions, company research and multiple discussions helped me make the right decision for my future."

"It was the singular best thing I have done this year about getting my career on track."

Read more testimonials here:

Further information

If you are ready to tell me that you, not your fears, are going to shape your own future, why not book a complimentary 60 minute phone conversation and tell me about your situation?

I look forward to helping you discover your professional path.

Farnham, Surrey, GU10

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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