Sarah Rourke

It's so hard to try to navigate career moves alone.Especially if it feels like you're wading through treacle and just not getting to where you want to go.Let me help you.An ICF accredited (ACC) Executive Coach, I help time-starved, stressed out, aspiring, emerging and established leaders across a range of sectors and roles.I've worked with hundreds of clients since 2008 on a wide spectrum of career management and professional development topics.In our sessions I promise you frankness, humour and a laser-sharp focus to help you cut through the noise to push towards what you want to achieve.I am practical and pragmatic, open minded and judgement free. I create safety and space for you to think clearly and come up with practical actions to get you moving.Communication is the theme running through my career. A qualified journalist and coach, my background is varied with several years’ experience in higher education as a coach and manager. Previous to that, I've been a business owner, an NHS trainer and advisor, and I've worked for the BBC in radio production and journalism.I love my work and my mission is to help you love yours.

About you

Are you looking to take your career to the next level?Do you feel stuck and listless in your current role and can't see a way through?Or maybe you're feeling overlooked and underrated and want to make yourself stand out amongst the competitors for the job you want?What if it's time for a complete career change and you don't know how to make the jump?If you see yourself in any of this, I can help you out.Change is possible and easier than you think.I'm working with time starved, busy people who want to make some real changes in their career but struggle to find time to put a plan in place, let alone execute it. Maybe you know you want to get a promotion or a new role or even change careers but:

  • You're applying for roles without much success

  • You don't know exactly what you want to do next

  • You don't have the time and energy to put into career planning

  • You know you're not quite putting your best self forward for opportunities

  • You're watching peers get opportunities that you didn't even know were there

  • You know what you want to do next but you don't feel you have what you need to get there

I can help you move forward with ease.I help you create a tailored roadmap, to suit your time and energy needs. I work with you to:

  • Know exactly what to say to recruiters to secure the jobs you want

  • Work out what you want from your next role and to ensure you get it

  • Understand where the opportunities are and how to position yourself to get them

  • Create simple, clear and actionable plans for you to implement at a pace that works for you

  • Put yourself forward with impact and clarity so recruiters are in no doubt that you're right for them

I help you succeed in getting a career that works for you.I have to warn you, this isn't a quick fix. I'm looking to work with people who are committed to the process of change. That can take time and certainly takes some effort. I'll help to make it as easy as possible and keep you going when things get tough.

What clients say about me

I got in touch with Sarah to improve my interview technique after getting through to final interviews within UK Emergency Service recruitment drives but not getting the jobs. There is a strong emphasis on competency based and strength based interviews within these organisations. Sarah took me back to basics, gave me some honest (and at times hard to hear) but crucially constructive and supportive feedback on where I was losing easy marks and how to start grabbing the top marks.Amongst the many things we covered were body language, eye contact, rapport, structuring answers and how to buy time in the interview to ensure I gave my best possible responses. I was amazed to see myself improving as we went along and started to believe I could finally stand out with my skills, experiences and personal attributes.The coaching I received from Sarah brought my interview skills up to where I could confidently project and communicate who I was and what I could bring to an organisation on a personal level, I even managed to begin to enjoy the dreaded Teams/Zoom interviews. The result in 2021 was securing places in two external talent pools and getting into the promotion program in my existing role before finally landing my dream job as a full time Local Authority Firefighter, a hugely competitive recruitment process. I didn’t ever think I would be in a position to pick between job offers.I am so grateful for the help I received and the communication skills and techniques that Sarah taught me; skills that continue to serve me well in my new role... I cannot recommend Sarah enough!

Ollie Buck

Sarah genuinely cares and is passionate about developing people. She listens and understands, and is able to tap into your strengths and potential, and crucially is able to make you see it much more clearly. I really enjoy our sessions, and I have really benefited from them in terms of how I approach my career and also building my confidence to pursue opportunities outside my comfort zone. Sarah is great to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Maddi Davies

Thank you so much Sarah. I was feeling really overwhelmed, but speaking to you has given me a lot to think about, has made me feel a lot more able to deal with everything and has made me feel a lot more positive moving forward! You made me realise that structure is really important for me, both in my business and my personal life! I also loved that our session was out in the forest as walking and talking made me feel a lot more at ease when discussing the issues I was facing! Thank you again!

Hannah McKinnon