Joanne - mum of 18 year old Degree Apprentice applicant
After applying unsuccessfully for a few Degree Apprenticeships my daughter had sessions with Sarah. She returned from each session positive and focused on her search. Her CV was updated and she was given direction in which field best suited her qualities. She spoke highly of Sarah and continued to liaise with her about applications and assessments even after the final session. The job market is extremely competitive for school leavers especially the elusive Degree Apprenticeships. I beleive the sessions with Sarah gave my daughter confidence and direction, along with helpful application and interview tips. Such a worthwhile investment in my daughter's future career, as within weeks she had secured a job with a reputable company to undertake a Degree Apprenticeship. Thank you Sarah!
Jayne - mum of 20 year old recent graduate
When my son was midway through his second year at university he started applying for internships for the summer. He was applying for all sorts of things randomly without having a strategy or an end goal other than he wanted an internship in business. Having seen a recommendation for Sarah on a Facebook group I contacted her as I felt Joe would benefit from career mapping and coaching so that any future applications were choiceful and targeted.
Together they agreed on a bespoke programme that has culminated in Joe choosing accountancy as his career path. Working with Sarah definitely gave Joe the skills and confidence that have lead to him taking up a position where he will train for his ACA qualification.
I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough, not only is she super knowledgable but she took the time to understand what Joe was all about . She guided and coached him throughout and was such a positive influence that I honestly believe anyone that works with Sarah is certain to succeed in whatever it is they have chosen to go for.
Martha - 17 year old A level student
The sessions were so useful in helping me to find a course at university that I would love to do. Sarah gave me so many great suggestions and advice and even outside the sessions her extra work and help was so helpful. Sarah was so easy and comfortable to talk to and was always flexible with when we could catch up. I know for sure I would still be completely confused by my future without her help.
James - dad of 17 year old Higher Apprentice applicant
'My son Sam, was in need of interview practice to boost his confidence prior to attending an apprenticeship assessment day. Sarah conducted a mock interview that was recorded via video, she gave constructive and positive feedback that was invaluable to Sam, and greatly increased his confidence. Being able to practice interview technique in a 'safe' environment, make mistakes, develop methods of coping with difficult questions was very helpful. Having the benefit of a recorded interview allowed both Sarah and Sam to review and target specific development areas. Sarah has a breadth and depth of experience in this field, and both her professionalism and her genuine interest in Sam and his success shone through. I would highly recommend the services of student-springboard.'
Paige - mum of 16 year old Sixth form Academic Scholarship applicant
“Our daughter was invited for a scholarship interview for her chosen 6th form school. As a very shy person with no interview experience it was the part she was most worried about and we were recommended Sarah from Spring Board as someone who could help her. Sarah was able to coach our daughter over a couple of short sessions on techniques for this type of interview, the sort of questions she might be asked and how she could prepare herself. This gave her much needed confidence when the interview came and am delighted to say that she had a successful outcome. Thank you Sarah for your support!”
Kayleigh - Sixth form Academic Scholarship applicant
“Sarah helped me prepare for my scholarship interview to 6th form college, something I was very anxious about. She was so inspiring and helped me plan and prepare and gave me tools which gave me a lot of extra confidence on the day. The interview went really well and Sarah's support was invaluable.”
Emily - aged 17 - recent 'A' level student
"As I started getting closer to finishing my A levels, I realised I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next! I had always thought I would go to University like my sister, but was a bit worried about the cost so I started wondering if there were other options. Sarah helped me to clarify what I really wanted - what was important to me, and what I enjoyed doing which made it clearer that I was actually ready to start my career (and I didn't need a degree to do it!). I am starting an Apprenticeship in September and even though lots of my friends chose to go to University, I am looking forward to having some money of my own and getting a head start with my career. Sarah was really fun to work with, and definitely helped me to make my decision as I was a bit lost!"
Stuart - Dad to Year 13 student, completing A levels
My 17 year old son, Murray, whilst studying for his A levels, was very keen to get a Degree apprenticeship as an engineer in the automotive industry and his absolute dream job was with Jaguar Land Rover. He had all the right skills with design ability, maths, physics and passion - but was lacking confidence to face the tough process and hefty competition to secure a place!
Sarah helped with the application process, ensuring he applied for a range of Apprentice roles and also applied for University places as a back up. She helped him hone his CV, write his personal statement and complete the various forms that were required, and then worked on his interview technique greatly increasing his confidence - the mock interview really highlighted areas where he needed to focus.
As a result, Murray landed his dream Degree Apprentice job with Jaguar LandRover! I think Sarah played a big part in his achievement and I cannot thank Sarah enough for her help. She really got under the skin of what made Murray tick and how to best bring out his ability in the context of the role he was applying for.
Sue - Mum of 20 year old University student
"Thank you so much for all your help with Ruby and her early career search. Although she is very bright, that's not enough to secure a place on a good graduate programme in today's competitive environment. You really helped with her confidence and technique. We also appreciate the mentoring you gave Ruby after her formal career counselling sessions ended. We are absolutely thrilled!! "
Cornelia - Mum of 16 year old GCSE student
"Sarah was extremely helpful supporting my son choosing the right A level subjects. He was very uncertain for a long time and with so much information available online, it can be more confusing than helpful. We found Sarah very approachable, and professional. It can be like pulling teeth sometimes dealing with teenages, but my son came back very positive and found Sarah very easy to talk to. We would highly recommend StudentSpringboard and will use Sarah again in the future!'
Melissa - Mum of A level student
"Sarah was an amazingly positive influence during a time of much confusion for our son. She encouraged him to focus on where he saw himself in the future rather than just the courses he was applying for. He reassessed what he wanted to achieve and went for a degree course more aligned to his passion and creativity. He received an unconditional offer for a place at his first choice University! Thank you Sarah, he wouldn't have had the confidence to 'think outside the box' without your help!"
Charlie - 20 year old Penultimate year student, Oxford Brookes University
"I was keen to improve my CV so that I could apply for internships whilst I am at university. Sarah and I worked together both face-to-face and over email to update and enhance my CV; she helped me to tailor my CV for corporate roles and as a result I secured an interview with a global media company. Sarah also provided some coaching tips for the telephone interview which I was a bit apprehensive about - it was really useful to go through the kinds of questions I could expect to be asked and I felt a lot more prepared for it! Although I didn't get the job, the feedback was really positive and they asked me to apply again the following year so I am hoping to be successful this time! Sarah is really knowledgeable and approachable, and I appreciated her honest feedback and advice. "
Louis -23 year old graduate, 1st Class Hons
Vicky - Mum of university aged son
"Since my son has been at University (studying pure Economics), Sarah has worked with him to ensure he keeps his CV up to date with all the activities he is involved with at uni. She has also been able to help him with preparing for interviews which has been invaluable and I think he appreciates being able to talk to someone independent who has a lot of experience in this field. Getting internships and graduate positions is very competitive, so for me as a parent, it’s great to have this kind of advice and support available to help maximise his chances of success.
Matt - Year 13, studying A levels
I have been for a couple of sessions with Sarah as I am so unsure about what to do after finishing my 'A' levels next summer! I am still considering going to University but I am also now looking at options to become an Apprentice with a large professional services firm - I didn't even know this was an option until I met Sarah! I know that I need to start applying soon, and I've already starting building my CV with Sarah's help. She has also given me lots of information and support to help me make my final decision.
Will - 21 year old Music graduate
"During our session together, Sarah was extremely helpful and supportive. She has great knowledge to share and gave me some valuable pieces of advice and guidance to get me on track. Our time spent together was very pro-active and I didn't feel like I'd wasted my money. She's great at getting straight to the point and concentrating on the things that matter to you.
After our session we kept in contact and she continued to help and guide me where needed over emails, helping me perfect my covering letters, tailoring them to my chosen job applications and finishing touches to my CV to help make it stand out.
I would highly recommend Sarah's services to anyone in need of CV doctoring or help with covering letters. She also gave me some great interview tips and an honest opinion when needed!
Sophie - 29 year old mature student
Sarah provided me with some coaching and career advice this month, especially when I was thinking about a number of choices and options in my career and personal life. She was highly professional and approachable and helped me to bring some clarity to my thinking. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Sarah!
Kirsty - 19 year old - gap year student
"I was feeling unsure about what to do after I completed my A levels - I could either go to Uni (I had a deferred place to stydy Psychology) or start an Apprenticeship. Sarah and I spent our first couple of sessions exploring what was important to me for my future in terms of a career/employer, as well as thinking about my 'strengths' and interests and how they could relate to the world of work. We decided to apply for Appprenticeships but also to continue looking at more relevant degree courses, combining my love for fashion and psychology.
With Sarah's help I felt much more prepared for the apprenticeship selection process. Doing mock interviews and thinking through my potential scenarios helped to calm my nerves and made the whole experience much less daunting. She upped my confidence in my own abilities, and has continued to support me on my career journey. I would definitely say that time with her was well spent!
Finally, I was offered a place on a Psychology of Fashion course which have decided to accept in September - I know exploring all my options helped me to reach this decision."
Ruth - Professional - seeking career and CV advice to change career
"I would definitely recommend CareerSpringboard! Sarah was a delightful person who put me at ease and gave me the confidence to start afresh. Thank you!"
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