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’s route into coaching follows his own journey of exploration and self-discovery, having graduated in 2011 in a time of significant economic challenge, Kieran secured work soon after graduation but remained unclear as to what path to take. What Kieran did know, however was that he was drawn to service, to be of support to people. The question for Kieran was what path to take?
He continued to engage in a process of reflection & discovery and through this process and by being open to support himself including availing of coaching, Kieran successfully transitioned into the community development/ social enterprise sector and, soon began studying Coaching & Coaching Psychology in UCC. Through Kieran’s journey of exploration and by availing of supports to achieve clarity, Kieran realized coaching was his path to being of service to others. Kieran identified that he could be of service as a coach helping others in their process of career self discovery and begin to value their own unique blend of strengths, becoming their own best advocates in a rapidly changing labour market.
The main stay of Kieran’s professional experience has been in the areas of career direction working with a diverse client base with experience in a wide range of roles, ( both junior & senior), within corporate environments, small & medium sized enterprises, start-up businesses. who wish to return to similar roles or reinvent their career into new roles & sectors. Kieran has also coached clients who wish to explore becoming self-employed. In his time providing community based employment services, Kieran has rolled out successful employment information events/fairs covering sectors such as Precision Manufacturing, Hospitality, Construction, Retail, Healthcare and Biopharma
In addition to his coaching work within the community development/ social enterprise sector, Kieran has worked on many development projects including co-ordinating rural enterprise training projects, IT literacy and community group facilitation/ capacity building.
Kieran began Future Careers building on his experience with a specific mission to support those in work re-imagine the future of their career path as being one of possibilities, especially if the light in their experience of work has grown dim. Kieran is committed to providing clients a safe and powerful space to explore their career, identify what truly matters, understand their unique blend of strengths, skills and values and how this informs their direction. Clients work with Kieran on a variety of career areas, the most common areas being finding new work, preparing a set of actions to position themselves for internal promotion and significant career transformation. Kieran works with professionals from all ages & backgrounds, a particular interest for Kieran is working with younger millennial’s some of whom have struggled to find purpose and passion in their career paths, who have struggled to secure a strong footing on the career ladder often missing out on key milestones. Kieran believes that each client has unlimited potential, has the power to reach their goal(s) and truly knows deep within themselves what they really want for their careers.
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.
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 an 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.
Our founder Kieran is a practitioner of Strengths Profile and EQ-i 2.0 He is accredited to issue the various Strengths Profile and EQ-i 2.0 assessments to clients and provide debrief coaching sessions on the results.
As part of his suite of services he offers Strengths Profile and EQ-i 2.0 to both individuals and companies. There are a variety of assessments available. These assessments vary depending on the focus of the project.
Strengths Profile is an online assessment tool that was developed by Capp & Co Ltd 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
Strengths Profile tests available at Future Careers
• 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.
The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I 2.0) is a leading assessment tool designed to assess emotional and social intelligence. It provides clients with a comprehensive understanding of their emotional competencies. It is a self-report instrument which is different to EQ-360 which works on the feedback from others.
How can EQ-i 2.0 benefit me?
EQ-i2.0 provides you with an in-depth picture of how you operate emotionally, your strengths and will also help you identify areas for development. Each client who takes EQ-i 2.0 receives a comprehensive de-brief coaching session, to explore the results, strengths and areas of further development. The results and subsequent de-brief sessions, supports the creation of an action plan to work on areas of development that builds greater emotional intelligence (EQ) and overall effectiveness.
How do I take the test?
Firstly, you will need to contact us to discuss the test in greater detail as well as discuss your own specific reasons for taking the test. Once we have had an initial discussion with you and you are happy to take the test we will need to gather some basic details in order to administer the assessment to you.
The assessment tool is delivered online using a secure platform and involves responding to 133 statements. The time to complete is approximately 20 minutes.
For organisations wishing to deploy this as part of recruitment/selection, staff development, team strategy we would be delighted to discuss your project and your options with EQ-i 2.0, EQ-i 2.0 Leadership, EQ 360 Workplace/Leadership and EQ-i 2.0 Group report.
( Details of the reports are outlined below)
What assessment options are available?
There are three distinct reports available.
This report outlines an individual’s score in the 15 competencies measured by EQ-i 2.0. These competencies are grouped under 5 composite scales: Self- Perception, Self-Expression, Interpersonal, Decision Making and Stress Management.
The Workplace report is particularly useful for:
Workplace 360 report
The 360 report provides in-depth analysis by having those who work with the client providing information via the assessment as well. The results of the EQ-i 2.0 individual report and the 360 observer ratings are compared to provide a more complete 360 degree profile.
The Leadership Report, measures clients against top leaders on four key dimensions: Authenticity, Coaching, Insight and Innovation providing an important benchmark for EQ performance.
The Leadership report is particularly useful for:
Leadership 360 report
The leadership 360 report provides an in-depth, comprehensive view of an individual leader’s emotional intelligence (EI), through the four key dimensions of leadership as measured in the individual report above. In addition, those who work with the leader being assessed provide feedback enabling us to understand how others see the client’s leadership.
EQ-i2.0 Group Report
This assessment is useful for organisations wishing to work on team strategies . The results provide an important development conversation on the team’s collective emotional intelligence (EQ). The group report combines EQ-i 2.0 individual results to enable interpretation at group level. The report provides individuals’ scores while protecting their anonymity. The combined data enables a rich picture of a team to emerge, highlighting strengths as well as developmental opportunities for the team as whole. The implications for the organisaiton are also examined and strategies are identified to enable continued development of the team’s potential.
Investing in your development is important and we can create a bespoke package suitable to your specific needs and budget. We have outlined a number of prepared coaching packages available at Future Careers that can booked through our website. Clients can avail of 5 packages or can avail of optional career-based services e.g. CV review, Interview skills. In addition, a client who chooses a package can request an add on be included e.g. Strengths Profile or EQ-i2.0 assessment & debrief for an additional cost. However, if you feel that you need something more bespoke and that fits your budget why not book in for a free 30min no obligation chat to discuss your specific needs and career aims.
Please note all packages are available only on a remote basis for the remainder of 2020. Video conference platforms Zoom and MS Teams will be used to conduct sessions. It is hoped subject to a significant improvement in COVID-19 conditions and following public health advice that face to face coaching can resume in 2021.