Stuart's coaching has helped me in a way that no testimonial could ever do justice to, but I will try. I spoke to Stuart about looking for a new role and more particularly having a look at my CV to decipher where I am hitting a roadblock with applications. Stuart on the other hand changed the lens altogether. He was more interested in me as a person. He focussed on what I had to offer as an individual and then championed that back to myself. While I was seeking theoretical support on applications, Stuart had the insight to address barriers of vision and allow me to openly admit my passion for supporting people and how much life that brings to my heart. Within a few short weeks I had not only gained employment but an appreciation for both me and the immense offering I had for the world and for the wonderful Stuart Blake who kept reminding me at each step that he sees my effort and is rooting for me at every step. Sometimes the only change you need is someone to believe in you and encourage you to do the same for yourself, yet that seems to be the most difficult task of all. Stuart's work and efforts are invaluable. He delivers with kindness, deep understanding of the workforce and a genuine passion for humanity. I would recommend Stuart to absolutely anybody looking for support and am grateful for having crossed paths myself.
I had the privilege of working with Stuart as my career coach, and I can wholeheartedly say that it was a transformative experience. Stuart's coaching style is truly exceptional. He possesses a remarkable ability to gain deep insights into your career journey. His keen observational skills and perceptive nature allows him to identify the roadblocks you may not even be aware of and guides you toward overcoming them. When I first reached out to Stuart, I was at a crossroads in my career, having just left the corporate world. I was grappling with a lack of confidence and a sense of ambiguity about my future direction. Stuart's coaching provided me with the clarity I needed to define my vision, purpose, and the necessary steps to move forward.
Working with Stuart as a career coach, advisor and source of support has been an invaluable experience. After moving to the UK from the US and after many months of unsuccessfully searching for work, my sense of self-worth was the lowest it had been in a long time.
Stuart and I discussed recognising my unique personal and professional experiences, and the ways that these set me apart from anyone else. This helped me to shift my internal narrative from “I’m not getting interviews or job offers, so I must not be good enough” to “How can I effectively communicate the things that make me a great candidate?” This resulted in a sense of empowerment and control over my future. I also felt reinvigorated in my search for interesting roles that aligned with my passion and values, rather than hoping that someone somewhere would hire me for any job. Our regular check-ins through my job search were a great help in processing the time since our last talk, organising my thoughts, and creating tangible next steps. Stuart was also very flexible and fit me into his schedule even when his diary was fully booked. This made me feel genuinely cared for as a complete person rather than a work obligation or a number. At the same time, he works with many other clients, each of whom I can confidently assume experience this same dynamic.
Throughout this process, Stuart has been knowledgeable and personable. Evidence-based job search strategies (creating an achievement-based CV etc.) are interwoven with conversations about personal life and interests, all with a good amount of humour. I received a job offer recently and could tell that Stuart was genuinely very happy for me when I shared the news with him.
If I had to pick between an incredibly knowledgeable but detached coach and someone less knowledgeable but supportive and invested in me and my process, I would pick the latter. The good news is that I did not have to pick. Stuart uses his many years of work and thousands of client experiences to create a person-centred dynamic, aimed at helping people move towards the future they want. I would recommend his help to anyone!
I am delighted to provide a glowing recommendation for the outstanding careers programme and coaching by Stuart. As a recent graduate, I had the privilege of working with him to secure my first job, and the experience was nothing short of exceptional. Stuart's guidance was invaluable in shaping my post-graduation journey. He expertly assisted me in crafting a powerful CV that highlighted my strongest skills, effectively showcasing my potential to prospective employers. His coaching during interview preparation was instrumental in boosting my confidence and refining my presentation. Drawing upon his extensive experience, he provided invaluable insights that made a significant difference in my interview performance.
Stuart is an exceptional Career Coach who excels at helping individuals identify their strengths and core values. With professionalism and care, he then creates clear action plans and provides unwavering support to achieve goals. I highly recommend Stuart to anyone seeking guidance in achieving their career and personal aspirations.
JJB -Jan 2023
Stuart has been a tremendous help in keeping positive and working out the best way to get back into the workforce. I would recommend him to anyone. He has been excellent, and I am thankful I happened to stumble upon him.
I feel so great about the support we I received so far. Especially much appreciate 1-1 coaching sessions that can be absolute game changer for many of us. Stuart has already shared meaningful information we can apply immediately. This is such a beneficial that we can listen someone who has real hands-on experience from recruitment background and get know how it works behind.
BJO - Oct 2022
Stuart’s recommendations made my CV better and completely changed my outlook. I do not see myself writing a CV any other way now. I am also appreciative of the fact that the next session is like an iteration of the previous and so, I leave every session with something to think about or a call to action. The career coaching is tailored to my needs and deals specifically with any challenges I have or will likely encounter.
I would like to write this with regards to the incredible assistance I have received from Stuart over the past weeks we have been working together. Stuart's expertise, acumen, knowledge and practice of the area of employment we have been working on have been truly outstanding. His ability to assess my needs and focus on drawing my strengths (and developing my lesser areas) has been second to none. I had joined the program in hope of receiving the aid towards employment in which I lacked, and it is safe to say Stuart has exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I really could not be more pleased with the progress we have made so far. Stuart has not only excelled with his employment aid abilities but has the communication skills needed to have made me feel so welcomed, comfortable and engaged consistently throughout the entire process. He is a true asset to your organisation.
Stuart has helped me to reprioritise my achievements in putting into an outstanding CV. Stuart was excellent in redirecting my approach toward the UK job market and preparing me to rejoin the workforce. This has been an enlightening journey and I highly recommend Hongkongers to join this fantastic programme.
Stuart is a very kind and understanding individual who genuinely cares about your well-being, as well as your professional career prospects. His guidance and push to gaining my confidence have helped me during my journey in discovering the right role for me, which aligns with my personal values and goals. I would highly recommend Stuart as a coach as he can specifically cater to your needs in providing mentoring support!
My sessions with Stuart were very beneficial for me as he taught me how to stand out by highlighting my unique achievements. Stuart also helped me learn not to assume what the employer wants which has given me more confidence in my applications and interviews, resulting in me securing a job I thought was out of my reach.
I learned how to prepare for my interviews and manage my stress before the interview and was coached during the hiring process and got help with signing my offer letter. It is an honour being coached by Stuart. I would not have the job I have without his help and support. Stuart’s expertise would be an asset for every organization/person, either hiring to trying to be hired.