Future Careers is a career coaching and mentoring service located in Mallow, Cork. Our mission is to support those in work, re-evaluate their careers, and set meaningful goals to transform their work life into one that fits them better and offers greater purpose and meaning.
The founder, Kieran Butler, is passionate about supporting people’s career progression. He has gained vast experience providing community-based career coaching and employment supports in the non-profit/social enterprise sector. During this time he has worked with many people from diverse industries and backgrounds, who are looking to transition their careers into new sectors, return to work after a period of absence, explore options to have a better work/life balance, find employment that offers greater opportunity for progression or greater flexibility & autonomy.
Whether you are a person at the early stage of your career or have been in the workforce for many years, we are here to help tap into what is important to you, and to help you create a career plan that is built around your own unique knowledge, insight and goals.
Kieran is a graduate of University College Cork. His qualifications include:
MA Work & Organisational Behaviour, UCC, 2018
A masters programme designed to develop knowledge of psychology applied in the work setting. The application of psychology in work can have a positive impact spanning a range of areas e.g. improving recruitment decisions, well-being and performance at work and developing organisational effectiveness.
HDip Coaching & Coaching Psychology, UCC, 2014
A 1-year programme designed to equip students with the skills, understanding, awareness and knowledge to become highly effective coaches within both business and life domains.
BA Arts (History and Politics), UCC, 2011
Kieran is a member of the Association for Coaching and he works in line with their ethical framework.
Coaching Psychology has been defined by (Cox, Bachkirova, & Clutterbuck, 2013) as a ‘human development process that involves structured, focused interaction and the use of appropriate strategies, tools and techniques to promote desirable and sustainable change.
Coaching is a powerful vehicle that facilitates increased performance, assists in achieving results and helps to optimize personal effectiveness. The impact of coaching is becoming increasingly recognised and is being deployed across companies and public bodies to develop their employees and maximise performance. In terms of the individual, coaching can enable the flourishing of clients to achieve their goals on both a professional and personal basis.
In the context of Career coaching specifically its focus is to support clients to achieve a range of career orientated goals including:
It’s important to note if you are considering career coaching to understand what career coaching does not do:
We follow a 5-step process enabling clients to develop greater insight and make informed career decisions through their own learning, research and action. Primarily the approach is built on person centred and solution focused approaches.
Career coaching will facilitate new levels of awareness of your own unique self and skills offering.
Mentoring is defined by Clutterbuck, D & Megginson, D, Mentoring Executives and Directors (1999) as “off-line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking”
The primary focus of Future Careers is to provide clients with coaching service; however, mentoring can be an important and useful aspect for some clients and will be applied where appropriate, and in line with the client’s wishes.
We provide a 5-stage career coaching process. This process facilitates the client to awaken a deep insight into their relationship with their career, followed by a series of motivating and solution focused steps, to achieve meaningful career change.
We will explore your values around work, your needs, wants and wishes regarding your career, and work together to create a structured action plan to achieve your career goals. Each session will utilise a range of tools to help facilitate insight and forward momentum. In addition, each session will result in the client having to take on a new piece of developmental work in advance of any subsequent sessions. This developmental work builds on the work done within the confines of the coaching session and will aid you in achieving your career goals.
Career coaching can be an exciting and challenging process and it involves the 100% commitment of clients in order to receive full benefit and achieve their goals.
CV’s remain an essential tool in the career change process hence, the importance of review cannot be underestimated. A CV does not just serve as a chronology of your previous work/ duties and existing skillset. In fact, we like to think of a CV as an important business brochure that can demonstrate how your unique blend of skills and knowledge can benefit a potential employer.
The jobs market has become an increasingly challenging space and each of us needs to make sure that we create a strong and definitive self-brand to get noticed and attract the right job opportunities.
Clients can avail of a full CV review service. This involves the CV undergoing a stringent examination. We will pose challenging questions and offer recommendations on changes to be made to the CV in order to make it more impactful and fit better with the type of role/sector that is of interest to you. Once you have completed updates/changes the CV will be reviewed again by us for any final comments and changes.
This is probably the aspect of the recruitment and selection process that people dread. However, we need to reframe our thinking around interviews and see it as a positive and valuable opportunity to demonstrate our unique offering.
You will be supported to develop critical skills in effective presentation, understanding how body language and vocal tone impact our message and develop strategies to handle complicated questions. Again, we will pose challenging coaching questions to tackle perhaps unhelpful thinking surrounding your beliefs and understanding of interviews, all with a view to increasing confidence and improve performance at the interview.
Strengths Profile is an online assessment tool that was developed by Capp in 2009. The purpose of Strengths Profile is to support both individuals and teams to generate a greater understanding of their strengths, develop them further, overcome barriers and unlock potential so they can bring their best selves forward.
If we work from our strengths instead of our weaknesses, we are happier, perform better and engage more effectively in our work.
There are many benefits to both individuals and companies when we engage and work with each other from strengths-based approaches.
Individual benefits from a strengths-based approach include
• Less stress
• Better work engagement
• More resilience
• Achievement of goals
Research has shown that when companies engage with employees from a strengths-based approach employees are
• More confident
• Possess higher levels of self-esteem
• Higher levels of energy and vitality
• Less stressed
• More resilient
• More likely to achieve their goals
• Perform better at work
• Better engaged at work
• More effective in terms of their own development
Our founder Kieran became a Strengths Practitioner in 2019. He is accredited to issue the Strengths Profile assessment to clients and provide debrief coaching sessions on the results.
As part of his suite of services he offers Strengths Profile to both individuals and companies. There are a variety of assessments available. These assessments vary depending on the focus of the project.
• Introductory Profile & Expert Profiles are useful for individuals
• Team profile suitable for both teams and managers to understand the realised and unrealised strengths of teams and foster better team engagement.
• Manger tests-provides details on the realised and unrealised strengths of team members and recommendations on how to manage each team member from their own unique strengths’ combinations.
There are a number of packages available at Future Careers. Clients can avail of 5 packages or can avail of optional career-based services outlined below under the heading ‘Additional service options.’ In addition, a client who chooses a package can request an add on be included e.g. Strengths Profile assessment & debrief for an additional cost.
Packages 1, 2, 3 can all be made available via Skype/Zoom. A 10% discount will apply to clients who choose to avail of coaching through Skype/Zoom.
Standard package Career coaching x 5 sessions
Coaching sessions are available face to face, Skype or Zoom. Where possible it is preferable to have the first session face to face, with subsequent sessions being a combination of all three as agreed with coach and client.
Career Coaching x 5 including CV support & review
Career coaching x 5 including CV writing & review and interview preparation
Careers coaching x 6, CV writing & review, Interview preparation & practice, Strengths profile assessment- includes an additional coaching session to provide an assessment debrief (Standard report & Expert reports available )
CV review & update, Interview preparation and Strengths Profile Psychometric (Expert Profile), a total of 3 sessions. (This package does not include coaching.)
N.B. These options can be included if not part of a package or can be chosen as the sole service which the client wishes to purchase.
CV assessment, review and update (1 consultation meeting regarding CV)
Interview preparation (1 x 1.5 hrs coaching session focused on interview technique and practice)
Strengths Profile Assessment
Introductory Profile including assessment and debrief coaching session
Expert Profile including assessment and debrief coaching session