About

Sheila Heard.



I'm Sheila. My service is called ‘Options-London’ and is based in London, in the Borough of Sutton, Surrey. I support people all around London and in other UK towns and cities as well as clients who live overseas.

During the Covid period, the services are provided online, using video. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance and specialise in supporting graduate level professionals with their career management, in particular those who are facing a crossroads, such as redundancy, a mid-career wish for more satisfaction at work or returning to work after a career break or other situations.

It’s often a challenge to work out what your true motivations are, roles to go for and then to persuade recruiters that you’re the right person for the job. I love supporting people on that journey and have assisted lots of ‘returner’ accountants, engineers, architects, lawyers, other business services people to return to their professions over the last 20 years.

I also have particular experience in supporting international clients to address UK employment issues around diversity and inclusion. For example, how to express overseas qualifications, skills and experience to recruiters who may need assistance to do that effectively.

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Testimonials

Alan A, hired onto graduate scheme

Thanks for all your help, you definitely boosted my confidence and gave me some key tips which were very handy. I’m very glad I sought out your help! 

Ali Mokhtari, Accountant

Sheila provided me with an incredible service that is second to none. From initial contact, she consistently supported me in my applications. She went above and beyond to ensure I was prepared for interviews and provided an approachable but professional service.

Warille Warille, Engineering Project Manager

Since joining I have (had support in) networking and effective job search. Sheila .. understands UK employers’ needs in terms of skills and qualification requirements.

Vladimir Bouilov, Technical Compliance Professional

Thank you for providing valuable information and support that helped me to learn about new resources and tools for job hunting and business idea development. This helps me to continue working on both “projects “ in parallel. I really appreciate it.

Biniam Haddish, Electrical Engineer

I met Sheila when I was looking to break into the UK skilled workforce as a refugee graduate engineer. She supported me with understanding my skills and she was the one who kicked off my career and still supports me ever since. Her understanding of what her clients are looking for and her initiative to support is extraordinary.

Dominic Nolan, Business Services professional

I found working with Sheila a very positive experience.  She created a non-judgemental space for me to reflect and rediscover my values and career drivers.  The notes and actions Sheila provided after every session were extremely helpful.  I now feel I have a better understanding of the direction I want my career to go in and how I can get there.

 

 

Sue A, Business Services Professional

Sheila was a pleasure to work with.  Very helpful and very good when it comes to assessing goals and developing a plan of action for my career development.  Very supportive even between sessions and always willing to go the extra mile.  The notes and summaries provided after each session were a useful addition, which assisted with keeping everything on track.