Thank You! For your interest in working with me!
For those of you who have applied to work with me via the application forms on the I Heart My Job website or this website you can expect a phone call directly from me within a few business days. If I am travelling, one of my team will contact you to arrange a time and date for us to speak.
In the mean time you can read about some of the other people I have had the honour to work with over in recent times below….
Dennis Patterson – Mining Industry Canada
Dianne Webber – Senior Technology Professional
Nicole Bailey – Senior Marketing Professional
CT Johnson – Management Consultant
Paul Broadfoot – Growth Specialist
Bryan Whitefield – Strategic Leadership Consultant
TESTIMONIALS- Key Stakeholders
Following the buzz of an awesome #careerdevfest, on behalf of myself and the exec team, I wanted to say a very big thank you to you for your contribution to making the event a huge success. At the HR team meeting this week, your session at careerdevfest got rave reviews!We have set our sights on creating an environment in which every team member can achieve their potential, whatever that may be at Sportsbet. Your willingness to share your career learnings, expertise and passion for growth was just awesome. I’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback since the event and none of it would have been possible with you.
Tania Abbotto – Human Resources Director Sportsbet
It’s a pleasure to provide this testimonial as Marketing Manager NSW/QLD for Sportsbet; I’ve had exposure to Rachel via various career development initiatives. Rachel doesn’t do things by halves; she’s committed to delivering quality coaching solutions and content that’s easily applied & importantly inspiring. I have great faith that Rachel will deliver content with a real world approach in a manner that’s relatable for people from all walks of life. Rachel is very affable which ensures people are comfortable sharing and this drives phenomenal engagement and outcomes. I intend to continue to learn from Rachel over the course of my career because she has a great array of knowledge to share and careers to build. Recommending Rachel is as easy as 1,2,3 or A,B,C depending on what you’re into.
Mitchell Parkins – Marketing Manager NSW/QLD Sporstbet
Thanks for giving your all to make #careerdevfest a fantastic development opportunity for everyone here at Sportsbet. Great comments and feedback from lots of people this morning. A real game changing event. You make my job easy. Many, many thanks.
Belinda Storrs – Communications and Engagement Manager Sportsbet
Rachel is a very personable, organized and perceptive. She reads people and situations quickly and insightfully. She possesses an intrinsic understanding of the importance of creating the right type of culture, shared values and balance of process to build an exciting and effective organisation. It has been my privilege to work with Rachel in building a great development team at Panviva and I would happily recommend her.
John Charles – Development Manager, Panviva Software
Rachel was a pleasure to work with and highly recommended. A true professional.
Paul Grobler – CIO Colorpak
Rachel is without a doubt one of the most professional, capable and dedicated people I have worked with. Our experience together, spanning two companies, allowed me to experience her internal commitment as well as external service delivery focus. As a business partner she can be relied upon to deliver ahead of expectations.
Jon Sampson – CEO Accel Recruitment and Director Hays IT Japan
Rachel took the time to understand my business requirements and quite often was able to identify sustainable solutions minimal input from myself. Her professionalism and attention to detail is head and shoulders above many other professionals in the industry.
Paul Brasier – IT Operations Manager – Monash University
I have been a customer of Rachel’s for approximately 8 years. (While working at United Energy, AGL, ASG, NAB and IBM) She has a rare ability to place team members that have not only excellent technical skills but fit well into the team culture. I have chosen to continue to utilise Rachel’s services as she has moved between agencies because of her ability to understand my changing needs and the fact that the quality of her work is always excellent.
James Hutchinson – Operations Manager Datacom
Leadership Program Participants
Firstly thanks for your time and effort this morning, I really have gotten a lot from the couple of sessions with you both in the office and at the Career Dev Fest. Hopefully our paths will cross again on the development journey.
Joe – Manager and Senior Trader
Rachel used practical examples and activities and the use of competencies as open questions was useful.
Ben – Sydney Manager, Marketing
The workshops were easy to understand and the goal setting tools were really good, I would like to understand this more and learn how use it with my team.
Luke – Senior Manager, Advertising and Marketing
The workshops were a good level of practical and theory. The environment was relaxed, and a small group of leaders which encouraged a good level of interaction and conversation. My personal ‘ah-ha’ was that reinforcing the fundamentals with my team is critical – awareness, awareness, awareness.’
Alan – Technology Manager
I loved understanding how to distinguish between what ‘support’ to give my team depending on where they are in their career life-cycle and being able to know what to recommend. I was also blown away at the thinking around hiring a ‘balance of talent’ in my team not just the best talent for longevity, teamwork and overall high performance.
Deanna – Manager Operations
The workshops had excellent interaction between the participants and the training on being a ‘Future Talent Scout’ completely opened my mind about how to think about growing and nurturing my team.
Gary – Manager Technology
The workshops were interactive and has us thinking not just listening. I just really related to the Awareness, Alignment and Action stages of the career conversations.
Kathy –Manager Marketing
The participation and activities were great especially the easy to remember acronyms (tools).
Ciaran – Manager Technology
The workshops were sharp, to the point and Rachel helped me understand what I need to do in my career.
Private Coaching Participants
Rachel is a pleasure to work with. Her key attribute is her empathetic approach to working with people. I felt comfortable sharing my goals and problems with Rachel from the first session we had together. Rachel’s depth of knowledge in planning for the future, as well as equipping people with the right skills to make the right career choices, makes her a highly valuable asset to Sportsbet. Rachel’s approach to problem solving breaks down big problems into simple components which allows you to clearly see what’s ahead and what needs to happen. She is great at turning daunting challenges into manageable projects. I aim to catch up with Rachel early in 2016 to chat about my 2016 goals, gain some valuable perspective and discuss the rest of the year, as well as check in with her throughout the year. I look forward to the time I get to spend with Rachel.
Ed Lappin – Project Manager
After 14 years of “falling” into jobs, I have found myself with career fatigue. I had lost the energy and motivation to keep going in my current industry and didn’t know how to transition into a new one, I felt overwhelmed but Rachel and the course helped me clarify many things. Importantly for me I can now clearly articulate what I want, what I don’t want, what I need to succeed, what money I want to make, what will keep me motivated, and what kind of role and or business may be best for me. Thank You Rachel and I Heart My Job
Nicole Bailey – Marketing Executive
I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for the clarity, direction and encouragement that Rachel has provided. Like many people I was driven by fear – which held me back from following my dream career. Rachel gave me the impetus to challenge those fears and has enabled me to believe in myself and what I am truly capable of. Whilst the journey has just begun I feel that my dream job is becoming reality. Thank you Rachel Sparkes. What you are doing is invaluable. And for those contemplating their dream – I could not recommend a more passionate and inspiring coach.
Catherine Evans, iTutu jewellery
Team Workshop Participants
Rachel is an amazing career trainer and coach! I attended her Career Navigator workshop and had a 1:1 coaching session, which resulted in a clear career plan. She was able to help me establish what I want to achieve in my career goals, provided professional advice on my personal development strategy and gave honest opinion on what I really needed to work on to get to my career goals. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone who wants to gain clarity in their career path, or anyone who wants to achieve their career dreams with valuable professional coaching.
Adrian – Business Analyst
Rachel was always engaged and the training was very clear. I now know the influences of my career decisions and personality alignment with my career.
Ana – Program Delivery
I thought this was a great session. I learned so much about my career drivers and myself. It really helped me focus on my career. I cannot fault this one bit, it was great. Maybe managers learning how to apply this thinking to conversations with staff would be great!
Edel – Team Technology
I loved the process of awareness, alignment and action, so clear and got a lot out of discovering my influences and career drivers.
Sarath – Team Technology
The tools are practical and can be used and the thought process behind it is clear. The self-evaluation is great and we fit a lot into a 3 hour session.
Alver – Operations
The theory behind aspects of my career and its lifecycle that I have never considered were terrific. The workshop was well managed and informative throughout.
Nick – Operations
The workshops helped me identify truths and things I havn’t considered were affecting my enjoyment at work. I was amazed to learn the cause of my ‘disengagement’ was due to me not being challenged in my role. This is something much more ‘fixable’ than what I originally thought.
Felicity – Project Manager
The content flowed, Rachel did not rush and we had plenty of time for everyone to discuss and provide input. Plus Rachel gave us tools that we can use day to day.
Robert – Technology
I learned simple tools and tips that I wasn’t using like asking for feedback to find my strengths not just what I need to improve.
Leigh – UX Designer
The workshops ‘joined the dots’ in my career path relating to ‘who I am’.
Andrew – Technology