About Julia Sinclair-Brown


As an experienced and professionally qualified coach and trainer, I understand the key issues that many individuals are concerned with regarding their careers, whether it be acquiring good interview skills, writing impactful CVs to making the right career choices.  Importantly, organisations want to ensure that they can attract and retain high quality employees to create a happy, motivated workforce which will ultimately increase performance and gain wider organisational benefits. Career and performance coaching can help both the individual aiming to progress their career and the organisation in supporting the development of its employees.

With a track record of helping individuals receive career success, I am able to create either tailored one-off sessions where I might fine-tune your interview techniques and teach you how to build confidence for maximum impact to longer-term sessions where we would commit to work together to improve areas such as leadership, communication, time-management or resilience skills. You or your organisation decide the investment you would like to make in both time and money and I will guarantee your sessions are bespoke, meaningful for you and create the impact of change or improvement in your skills. Because I believe 100% in what I do, I offer your money back if you are less than fully satisfied with my service.

A brief background ….

  • Twenty years’ experience in HR, Recruitment, Learning and Development across different industries including private, not-for-profit and charity sectors; last six years working in the medical and healthcare science sectors providing career support for medical/science university applicants, dentists, nurses, GPs, consultants, paramedics, scientists, academic researchers and other NHS professionals including non-medical management and administration roles
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching, qualified trainer (CIPD), counsellor and stress management practitioner
  • Extensive experience with ISC Medical (a leading provider of medical interview courses) offering one-to-one interview coaching, CV writing and training courses in career development
  • Member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership & Management coaching network, the NHS London Leadership Academy and the Association for Coaching; co-authored the chapter ‘Coaching in Healthcare Settings’ in the book ‘Coaching in Professional Contexts’ by Christian van Nieuwerburgh.

I can offer face-to-face sessions within Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire and London but skype and phone sessions allow for increased flexibility with time and location.

Case studies …..

Giles came to see me in preparation for an exciting graduate opportunity as a biochemist at a prestigious biotech company in Cambridge. He explained how interviews made him feel extremely nervous and unable to perform. We firstly looked at interview technique, structure, typical questions, handling difficult questions before dealing with interview nerves. Together we broke down the concept of ‘selling yourself’ in interviews into his results and achievements where Giles was able to clearly demonstrate his successes.  Our second session focused on cognitive-behavioural techniques to reframe his negative thinking about interviews and instead focus on positive visualisations/affirmations to see himself act and behave more confidently. Our third session was a mock interview where Giles had the opportunity to put everything together – not only did he get the job, but the interviewer told him he had performed a fantastic interview and left the panel highly impressed!

Amanda came to see me feeling very confused about her future career direction and uncertain whether hospital medicine was suited to her. She had rotated through several specialties and felt that none of them suited her. Our first session was based around self-assessment and exploration to create a deeper understanding of her values, strengths, interests and personality-type through a variety of interactive tools and discussion. This helped increase her self-awareness and identify what she felt was important to her in a career. The following two sessions were focused on career exploration and ways in which she could research potential options. We also undertook decision-making exercises and finally, preparation for her chosen specialty as a GP. Nine months later, Amanda reported that she was doing exceptionally well on her training scheme and greatly enjoyed the variety of GP work. She felt she was able to avoid the heartache and disillusionment of starting out in the wrong specialty by investing in coaching during the early part of her career.

Sarah had been referred for coaching by her manager after she had been promoted to a management position within an ambulance trust and was struggling to build credibility with her team who saw her as a weak and often stressed manager. I worked with Sarah using a combination of emotional intelligence and positive psychology interventions. This allowed Sarah to think about times she had been in a similar situation and did well and to think creatively about how she could apply those strengths now. We focused on the outcome she wanted rather than the problems she wanted to avoid. Sarah found daily journal writing to be a great help in reducing her negativity and becoming more aware of her emotional reactions to events. From examining feedback from others and exploring Sarah’s blind spots, we were able to raise her self-awareness and start to identify where problems had emerged in her relationships with her team. Although Sarah found coaching to be challenging at times, she accepted her role in making constructive changes and over a period of time, felt much less stressed and was able to successfully build long-lasting, stronger relationships with her team.

Testimonials

"Thanks Julia, loving the new eye-catching CV! Had three interview invites in under a week! ☺"
Sara, medical administrator
"Julia supported me in managing a team with complex issues and some difficult personalities. I found the roleplay exercises in communication skills to be excellent. Being able to think about the impact I was having has greatly helped my working relationships. I’ve also been able to coach some of my team members in communication skills when supporting their own teams."
Derek, Programme Manager
"Julia helped to give me clarity about whether to study for my Masters qualification; she made me feel completely comfortable and helped explore different possibilities. I now have greater focus and am relieved to be able to stop worrying about my decision."
Beth, Special Education Needs Co-ordinator
"I worked with Julia to find ways to manage my high stress levels, I’m now better able to cope under pressure and more in control of my emotions. I’d never taken the time to step back and reflect and coaching gave me a wonderful opportunity to do just that. I’m booking my yoga retreat soon!"
Jane, midwife
"Julia helped me to regain confidence in myself after a career setback, after a series of sessions I was able to reconnect with my strengths, believe in myself again and secure the post I wanted! Thank you"
Peter, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
"Julia, just to let you know, I did go the interview …. I felt like running away the entire time …. I tried really hard to use examples and be specific and I can’t really remember much of what I said because it was such a nervous haze … but the HR guy said to me I came across as very confident (ha!) … AND I got the job!!! Thanks SO much for the intensive practice and support!"
Kat, Consultant in Palliative Care
"Hi Julia, I think that was the best interview I have ever done in my life. Thank you so much for your help"
Amira, applicant for midwifery degree
"Hi Julia, I have been offered a GP partnership and have accepted the same. Wanted to thank you for the help provided with the interview preparation.”
Santhosh, GP Partner
"Julia gets results! I got the job I wanted as a result of Julia’s interview coaching. Her deep understanding of the interview process and her ability to deliver constructive criticism in a way that’s easy to accept made it possible for me to make the necessary adjustments to perform well in what was previously to me a mystifying and intimidating process. Though I hope I won’t need them any time soon, I’m going to keep her contact details close just in case! Thanks Julia"
James, Independent Contractor
"I’ve got good news – I’ve received offers from all of my choices! I’ve firmed Cardiff, it was still my first choice in the end. Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and advice. I don’t think I would have done as well as I did without it – so thank you ☺"
Regine, medical school applicant
"I worked with Julia during a transition in my career and at a time of self-doubt. She helped me to develop confidence and self-belief in my own skills. I found her style to be non-judgemental and motivating. I went on to secure the job I was after and would recommend her in the future"
Sarah, Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist
"I would like to thank Julia for her excellent work and assistance during my redundancy notice as she worked constantly to build up my CV and assist with interview techniques, as after 28 years in the services, hadn’t needed one. It was so well-documented that within 1 week of submitting to recruitment companies, I was appointed by a private sector company so a job well done by Julia for help in making that happen."
Andreas, Semi-retired paramedic
"Julia provided me with excellent career coaching sessions. She gave constructive structured help and encouraged me to achieve my goals. I highly recommend her"
Joanne, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Lead
"I knew when I finished there was no way they could not appoint me, felt 99% sure as both presentation and most of my answers were so strong and confident and I didn’t shake after my clinical lead and clinical director tried to give me some hard time. Don’t worry you’ll get my best recommendations and will tell everyone I know to take you as a coach if they wanna get the job"
Damir, Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

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