Suzanne Bourner

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Career Clarity for the UK's over 40s
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Guildford, Surrey, GU2
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

You are in a senior role and competent at what you do, but does it feel like something is missing in your professional life? Y/N
Do you want clarity on what a more meaningful career choice could look like for you? Y/N
Would you like to feel confident working in your new chosen path? Y/N
Do you want someone objective to help you make these tough decisions? Y/N

Hello, I’m Suzanne. When you work with me, you can expect to gain clarity, energy and fulfilment.

I offer a complete portfolio of Next Role and Career Change services, from reaffirming your unique value in the marketplace, to passing probation in your new role and everything in between. You get new, motivating and realistic ideas for your future professional direction and the tools and guidance to get results. You feel confident and fulfilled, not just for now, but for the rest of your working life.

Why do I do this work?
I want you to have no regrets when you eventually retire.

My unique value is I am your biggest advocate, no matter how complex you feel your situation is. I am always in your corner. I help you spot opportunities and coach you on how to make the most of each one. And you can get in touch with me with your smallest of thoughts or your biggest of questions and receive professional one-to-one support, relevant guidance and timely advice.

We work together to secure your new role (part-time, full-time or contract) and ensure you succeed in it. Or if it transpires that self-employment is best for you, I help you to get your first client.

And while the process of getting a new job or starting your own business may be challenging, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

Practical support
You do not have to do all the hard work yourself as we share the workload. For example, I could write your CV or LinkedIn profile for you in order to open more doors, more quickly, shortening the length of your job search. As well as getting your own tailored written career plan to help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional aspirations, you also have access to my resource library (guides, templates and practical advice). But I don’t just give you the tools, I give you hope!

Certainty, change and momentum
My background in marketing, change management and motivation has created a comprehensive and effective methodology that supports you compassionately (with big nudges if required) as you transition from uncertainty to confidence.

Who benefits the most from working with me?
I am an experienced, full-time professional Career Change Coach and Business Coach who helps the UK's over 40s identify what work they want to do next and how to get there, even when they don't know what that is.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have the following significant qualifications (you can see certificates if you wish):

Honours degree in Marketing (Oxford Brookes University).
I understand how to market your personal brand. Having also worked in marketing for corporates for a long time, I know how to "pitch’ you to recruiters, future employers or to potential clients.

Accredited Licensed Practitioner of a proven ISO/IEC accredited profiling tool. Unusually, this tool has been developed in the UK, and along with my own proven methodology and strong insights, it helps me to identify your professional drivers and what you need to do to fulfil them.

Executive Coaching and Mentoring Level 7 (Institute of Learning and Management, ILM).
Although I understand how useful a client’s own self-reflection is, I do want you to get actual results. My clients appreciate how direct and consultative I am, especially giving detailed, practical support and specific, timely guidance.

The Association of Coaching has verified my qualifications.

Member organisations

Association for Coaching (AC)

The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.

The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

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

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.

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£1,000.01 - £7,000.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

The vast majority of my new clients comes from referrals from past clients. Things they have said after working with me include:

"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)".

"Suzanne wrote two applications which secured me two interviews!"

"I had three job offers in the end."

"Having decided where my new 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."

"When I was looking through job adverts, I was only looking at salary and location. One of the most important factors about working with you was that you kept reminding of other facts pertinent to me that I would have missed. In the end 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."

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Further information

If you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s, book a call with me so we can discuss your unique situation.

Click here to see when would suit you.

If you need an initial call on a day that is not available to book, please email with a couple of dates/times (apart from Mondays) for the following week onwards and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I look forward to helping you make the most of the rest of your working life!

To your success, 

Guildford, Surrey, GU2

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Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Suzanne Bourner
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