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“Jack of all trades and master of none” – this is how Sarah Judge viewed herself prior to careers coaching through the Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) – part of Racing Welfare’s award-winning Workforce Wellbeing Programme.

Sarah has extensive experience in the racing industry. She has worked as an apprentice to top trainer Mark Johnston, was a racing secretary for ten years to Neville Callaghan and she has worked in owners’ and trainers’ facilities at Doncaster Racecourse, Market Rasen, Newmarket and Meydan. Her skills are wide-ranging, and her knowledge of the industry is deep.

On Sarah’s return from Dubai, she contacted Dawn Goodfellow for careers guidance who suggested that she use a careers coach. Feeling buoyed by the careers coaching sessions, Sarah has since secured herself a new job as International Racing Liaison Manager at the Saudi Cup. She says:

“I thought ‘I didn’t know such people existed!’, I didn’t even know what a careers coach was! It was absolutely brilliant, and the careers coach was fantastic. The sessions were every ten days and I’d have a bit of homework researching jobs in between.

“Once I spoke to the careers coach, I was able to implement practical changes – mainly to my CV and how applied for jobs. I made sure I related my CV very closely to the job application and I found that I had made my CV too long.

“My whole outlook became more positive, and the careers coach said I had so much to offer. I felt more confident about myself.”

This practical and emotional support through CATS has helped Sarah to secure a job which had been in the pipeline for some time:

“I’m off to Saudi Arabia to the Saudi Cup to work in the offices there as International Racing Liaison Manager. I wanted something that was a step up and used my experience.

“I didn’t realise how much help I needed until I spoke to her. It was almost emotional because I really had to think about my career. It was absolutely brilliant, and I got way more out of it than I ever thought that I would.”