Career Coach Sarah Clarke Shine Brighter

If you're a warm-hearted, purpose-led but ambitious female leader or aspiring founder, I'll help you design a meaningful, YOU-shaped career or business.

A work life that makes you happy but also leaves a dent in the world.

I'm Sarah Clarke, the self-appointed Work Happiness Coach™️, and I'm proud to have been featured in:

Ways we can work together

Reconnect with your personality, values, strengths and uniqueness. Create  your own Work Happiness Blueprint © and discover what would make you happier and more successful in your career. Get unstuck, confident of your value and clear on your best next steps professionally.

Start or level-up your freelance or small business. Uncover your unique personality, strengths, personal and business values; and learn how to clearly articulate your USPs. Boost your confidence and self-belief, clarify your offer and your value; whilst creating more balance and alignment in your work life.

Become a more intuitive, authentic and confident leader in your career or business. Using insights from the powerful leadership psychometric tool, Hogan, you’ll reconnect with your personality, values, strengths and unique value. Define your own authentic leadership style and personal brand, increase your impact and be more successful.

In The SHINE Collective, you get access to powerful career and personal development resources including; coaching workbooks, masterclasses, monthly live-taught workshops, guest speaker sessions & a private ‘members only’ community on Facebook. There’s also a monthly group coaching call where you’ll consolidate your learning, ask questions and access accountability and support.

If you've been googling 'career coach' then you might well be looking for more happiness, confidence & purpose in your work life.

You can download my FREE Work Happiness Masterclass below to get you started.

First things first.
Let's check you're in the right place...
Does any of this sound familiar?

You've been feeling a bit stuck, in limbo & uninspired in your professional life for some time.

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Perhaps you're a recovering people-pleaser and years of putting everyone else's needs first mean you've lost sight of what would make you happy at work.

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You worry that unhappiness in your work life is starting to take its toll on your mental health, impact, confidence levels & personal relationships.

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You've got a big heart & feel there must be more to life than simply working to pay the bills.

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You'd love to find more meaning & fulfilment in your life by doing work that really makes a difference

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You feel ready (if a little nervous about) making a change but would love a hand to get started

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You might be overwhelmed with ideas or completely at a loss as to what your best next steps might be! (I know from experience that both states can be equally discombobulating!)

How to feel more confident

If you found yourself nodding along to any (or all!) of the above, don't panic.

You're in the right place. As a career coach, I can help.

But perhaps more importantly,
I've been there too, so I get it.

Having a work wobble?

If you’ve been feeling that something’s not quite right in your work life for some time but you’re not sure how to identify (and then fix) the problem, I’d love to help you get to the bottom of things , so you can get you unstuck, feeling confident and working happy again.

Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, over time things can sometimes start to feel out of kilter. Before you know it, a tiny niggle of discontent can become a persistent and shouty voice of unhappiness in your life.

This feeling in your work life is usually a sign that there’s some kind of misalignment between the work you’re doing, the way that you’re doing it and who you truly are. Your best authentic self.

But how do you identify the precise source of this misalignment so that you can do something about it?

I believe there are five key ingredients that make for a happy, successful and fulfilling work life.  And each of us will have our own unique ‘flavour’ of these ingredients. The trick is to identify what yours are and then bake them into what I refer to as your Work Happiness Blueprint©; your very own unique recipe for work happiness and success.

(Phew that was a lot of baking analogies!) 

Through friendly, intuitive but science-backed career coaching & psychometric analysis, I'll help you forensically examine your personality & work life; so you can get to the root of - & then solve the cause of - your misalignment & unhappiness.

Read on if you're ready to...

Completely re-design your career, tweak it slightly... or maybe even start your own business.

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Align your career or small business with your personality & purpose, so you can start bringing your whole self to your work.

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Get unstuck, reconnect with your identity & unique value - creating more happiness & success in your professional life.

My signature S.H.I.N.E Coaching Programmes

Work Happiness Blueprint

Through my signature S.H.I.N.E 1:1 programmes, membership and workshops, I’ve helped hundreds of brilliant women get unstuck, confident and clear on their next steps professionally. 

Some have completely re-designed their careers. Some have made small but impactful tweaks to the way they work and others have even started up their own businesses.

The one thing they’ve all done is realign their work lives to their own unique Work Happiness Blueprint © which reflects their individual personality, purpose and definition of work happiness.

You can start designing your own Work Happiness Blueprint© by downloading and watching my Work Happiness Masterclass’ above or by clicking on the pink button below.

"After Sarah's help I now feel fearless, exuberant, flying."
" I feel so much more empowered by having unlocked what my strengths/ USPs are and have uncovered what makes me tick at work and what doesn't"
Lucy Dell
Account Manager

1:1 Career Coaching
"As a direct result of her 1:1 SHINE programme I have had a huge break through. I can’t wait to get started on this next chapter. It feels totally analogous with my values, beliefs and ambition."

What outcomes you can expect

I devised my signature S.H.I.N.E coaching framework back in 2017 to help me personally find more confidence, clarity – and ultimately happiness and success! – in my own work life after I was made redundant whilst newly pregnant back in 2016.

I used it to create my own Work Happiness Blueprint© and then design and grow a successful coaching business that is completely aligned with who I am, what I’m great at and what I stand for.

And although you might expect me to say this, I’ve honestly never been happier in the whole of my 20 year career. (plus, I now have way more balance and earn more than I did in my corporate Head of Talent role!) 

This signature S.H.I.N.E coaching framework has now helped hundreds of clients create more happiness, confidence and success in their work lives, and I promise it can help you too.

After working with me, you’ll be able to articulate confidently and clearly:

  • Who you are – What makes you tick: your personality preferences, innate talents and strengths.
  • What’s important to you and what makes you happy – What your core values are: Your ‘North Star’ or motivators.
  • Your unique value in the world of work and business – What makes you special, valuable and different.
  • The steps to take to create more happiness and success in your work life – whether that’s a complete career re-design or even starting your own business.
"Sarah gave me the confidence to make some significant changes that I'd previously been too apprehensive to approach, and I couldn't be happier that I did."
Jenni Honeyben
Children's Emotions Coach

Group Career Coaching
"Working with Sarah has really helped clarify who I am,
what’s important to me and the value I have."
Sophie Allard
Senior Marketing Leader to Engagement & Leadership Coach

1:1 Career Coaching
"What I have learned about myself and my professional self has simply been transformational.."
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Alison Esson
Senior Manager - Insurance

1:1 Leadership Coaching

I''d love to help you unlock your unique potential by
designing a fulfilling & successful work life that aligns authentically with your personality & professional purpose.

All on your terms.

"After working with Sarah, I now have a greater understanding of who I am, my talents and strengths, the value I can place on my unique selling points and what work happiness means for me. I’m now approaching the job market with a clear sense of direction, confidence and more importantly excitement!"
Vanessa Minchin
Solutions Delivery Manager

1:1 Career Coaching
"I got to know myself better, rediscovered and found new strengths and values, and got a deeper understanding of how to get the most out of work to make it work for me."
Natalie Daring
Engagement Director - Cultural Programming

1:1 Career Coaching
"Sarah has helped me work through the fog to gain clarity and pick through
what it is that makes me tick and ultimately happy at work."
Ali Brathwaite
Ali Brathwaite
Marketing Director

1:1 Career Coaching

Ways we can work together

1:1 Coaching

Reconnect with your personality, values, strengths and uniqueness. Create  your own Work Happiness Blueprint © and discover what would make you happier and more successful in your career. Get unstuck, confident of your value and clear on your best next steps professionally.

Start or level-up your freelance or small business. Uncover your unique personality, strengths, personal and business values; and learn how to clearly articulate your USPs. Boost your confidence and self-belief, clarify your offer and your value; whilst creating more balance and alignment in your work life.

Become a more intuitive, authentic and confident leader in your career or business. Using insights from the powerful leadership psychometric tool, Hogan, you’ll reconnect with your personality, values, strengths and unique value. Define your own authentic leadership style and personal brand, increase your impact and be more successful.

Group Career Coaching

In The SHINE Collective, you get access to powerful career and personal development resources including; coaching workbooks, masterclasses, monthly live-taught workshops, guest speaker sessions & a private ‘members only’ community on Facebook. There’s also a monthly group coaching call where you’ll consolidate your learning, ask questions and access accountability and support.

A bit about me & why I can help...

I’m Sarah Clarke. Mum, wife, optimist and self-confessed personal and career development geek.

I’m on a mission to help talented women unlock their potential and find more happiness at work, by showing them how to design their best work lives – on their terms.

I’ve worked as a senior leader in the fields of employee happiness, personal and culture development for nearly 2 decades and am incredibly passionate about the professional potential of women in particular.

I left the corporate world of employee engagement and development in 2016 and went freelance.

I then set up my own career and leadership development coaching business, Shine Brighter Consulting Ltd., in March 2018. 

Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of talented women (and a few men!) reconnect with their unique strengths, values and personality preferences to rebuild their self-belief; enabling them to unlock their potential and shine brighter in their careers and businesses.

I’m really proud to have been featured in Forward Ladies Top 20 Coaches list for 2021 and to have had an article published in Stylist Magazine earlier this year.

My profound interest in personality and human potential was confirmed when I qualified as a strengths and performance coach over a decade ago.

Between 2006 and 2007 I certified in the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and Gallup’s CliftonStrengths psychometric assessments. And in 2011, I became certified to conduct Hogan’s Leadership Forecast Series which I now use throughout my 1:1 coaching programmes.

My approach is very much science-backed and is informed by positive psychology and neuroscience insights. I also certified as a Mental Health First Aider in 2020.

Before starting my own career and leadership coaching business, I held various senior HR leadership positions within several fast-paced and dynamic organisations in the tech start up and online world; each one with their own unique and vibrant culture. All of these companies epitomise innovation, passion and creativity and these values have helped shape my own work philosophy.

Originally from Nottingham, I now live in Buckinghamshire with my husband, two young daughters and cat!

You can read more about my career story, qualifications, clients and experience here.

Sarah Clarke Shine Brighter Career Coach

Kind words from happy clients

“Last week, I finished four months of [1:1] careers coaching with a truly fantastic woman, Sarah Clarke of Shine Brighter.

After her help I now feel fearless, exuberant, flying. I now have clarity on my values, strengths that I didn’t even know I had and an artillery of redefined skills and superpowers at my disposal.

I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities and, although I’ve so much work left to do, I know I can bloody well do it.

So a huge THANK YOU, Sarah – you have indeed made me shine brighter!"
Felicity Haythorn
Copywriter & Founder - Haythorn Copy

1:1 Female Founder Coaching
“I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your help this year.
You have really been the most incredible support and ignited my thinking. Working with you has really helped clarify who I am, what’s important to me and the value I have.

On top of that it is rare to find someone you really connect with and I definitely found that with you.
Sophie Allard
Senior Marketing Leader to Leadership & Engagement Coach

1:1 Career Coaching
“I was facing the prospect of redundancy earlier this year – having worked at the same company for many years, the prospect of change was definitely daunting, however I knew this was an opportunity to take stock of things and really revisit what’s important to me and my career.

I decided to work with Sarah to help guide me through that process … and boy am I pleased I did! Sarah has helped me work through the fog to gain clarity and pick through what it is that makes me tick and ultimately happy at work.

It’s been a great experience and a real investment in myself.

I would highly recommend working with Sarah on any of her courses to help focus your career thoughts, gain clarity, be accountable and have a wing woman!

Thank you again, Sarah.”
Ali Brathwaite
Ali Brathwaite
Marketing Director

1:1 Career Coaching
“I just finished the SHINE [group] Program and I didn’t want it to end!

Sarah is AMAZING to work with and the program exceeded my expectations on every level.

Prior to the program I felt like I had a good handle on my strengths, but was really struggling to articulate them and bring them to life.

Working with Sarah helped me take a step back and deeply look at my values.
It was the piece that really made it all come together. I hadn’t ever really stopped to think about or unpick my values in that way.

I finished the course feeling empowered and much more positive about my future. Thank you so much for all your help Sarah!”
Mary Muncy
Director - Technology Operations - Industry Change and Promotion

Group Career Coaching & 1:1 Leadership Coaching
“Having recently completed Sarah’s [group] Shine coaching programme, I can wholeheartedly recommend others consider it if they’re feeling blocked, uninspired or feel like they need a warm, supportive hand to get them back on track.

I loved the methodical nature of Sarah’s framework and had multiple lightbulb moments as I worked through the different exercises.

It felt so indulgent and so amazing to allow myself time to focus on what I actually want, rather than what works for everybody else and it’s given me loads of clarity about moving forwards – what to look for, what to look out for and how I can be happier in my professional life.

Sarah is so passionate and engaged with your story that her energy alone fires you up and her experience and insight will definitely inspire you.

I’m recommending the course to everyone I know at the moment!”
Emma Young
Emma Young
Director & Founder - The Responsible Business Company

Group Career Coaching Programme
I am so pleased I participated in the SHINE [group] programme.

Sarah is warm and intuitive and guides you through the course, taking you through thought-provoking and revealing exercises at each stage, coupled with weekly group video calls (which were so much more inspiring than I had anticipated).

The other women in the group were so supportive and I felt that I learned something from all of them, despite us being in a variety of different situations. Sarah creates a friendly and open dialogue throughout and empowers each member to uncover their own insights which is truly valuable.

I am so excited for my next step now after going on this hugely revealing journey.

I can’t thank Sarah enough and would recommend her to anyone who feels they have lost their work mojo.”
“The help, support and guidance you’ve given me to help unpick the massively confusing state of head / career / what it is I am good at / what it is I want to do, has been just fantastic. Thank you SO much.”
Lou Prior
Director - Prior PR

1:1 Female Founder Coaching
"Working with Sarah was a real joy and I looked forward to all of our [1:1] sessions together.

Before we started I was confused about what I should be doing with my career, couldn't really pinpoint what I was good at and had had my confidence knocked by a few bad clients.

However, throughout Sarah's SHINE program, I managed to unscramble what interests me, the work I enjoy, and what I am good at.

HOORAY! Identifying my values and strengths and where I should be focusing my energies, has really spurred me to not settle for work that doesn't align with me or bring me happiness.

I would highly recommend Sarah!"
"Sarah is fantastic at helping you to understand more about what you're naturally good at, what your strengths are and how you can focus on those areas to excel.

I've loved working with Sarah - her warm and encouraging style, as well as her breadth of knowledge and experience, have made working with her really enjoyable.

If you want support to remind you of what you're best at and the motivation to go for it, I'd highly recommend Sarah."
Samantha Sturrock
Career Break to Employment

1:1 Career Coaching & Membership
“The 1:1 SHINE programme with Sarah was such a positive experience and helped me make some huge changes in my business and personal life.

Sarah is incredibly warm and skilfully guided me on a personal journey to take more control over my career. I was stuck in a rut, feeling low and unable to see a way forward.

I now know my strengths and where to focus my time and energy in order to reach my goals.

I would recommend Sarah and the 1:1 sessions to anyone.”
Claire Gillespie
Creator & Founder - Oglee Poglee

1:1 Female Founder Coaching

Corporate clients & work experience

Get in touch

Drop me a line on sarah@shinebrighterconsulting.co.uk to find out more or click the gold button to arrange an informal, FREE ‘no strings’ 20 minute chat to see if coaching could help you move forward. Or complete the contact form here.

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