Narrative Approaches to Career Coaching

Narrative Approaches to Career Coaching masterclass

Narrative Approaches to Career Coaching Masterclass: Summary

Helping your clients to create compelling stories

This one day Narrative Approaches to Career Coaching Masterclass will equip you to help your cleiets create compelling narratives about the threads running through their career, and so enable them to be more effective in considering future direction, and communicating that vision to others.

Who for?

  • All career coaches and other trained coaches interested in career narratives and using them as a means to help  clients make sense of their life, past, current and future career
  • HR/Learning and Development practitioners/Talent Managers/Line managers/team leaders: for use in career development and career management within organisations and helping people exit organisations more positively (enable them to have a clearer perspective on their career history and future story)
  • Educationalists: help school leavers make sense of where they are and where they want to be.

We are opening this event to non-CCS Alumni, so please pass on information to anyone you think might be interest.

What will you take away from the day?

  • Set of tools to elicit career stories from self, clients, colleagues and staff
  • Understanding of career narrative theory and its main proponents
  • Understanding of career narrative’s uses and its relevance to modern “boundaryless” careers

What will we do on the day?

  • Try out a variety of “tools” such as Chapter titles, Clean Language to draw out career stories
  • Practise using own or supplied career narratives to assess clients
  • Practise using tools to draw out future narratives
  • Discussion and debate throughout


Helen Slingsby has been a career coach for nine years and studied the MSC in Career Management and Counselling at Birkbeck College, London University. She actively seeks out new client bases to develop her coaching portfolio and some of her favourite and most challenging work has been coaching her private clients. She worked in corporate outplacement for many years, has coached the military for the Ministry of Defence , and is currently working with undergraduates and post-graduates in higher education. She runs a career development programme for Brunel Business School’s MBA students, which is totally based on career narrative theory and harnessing the power of storytelling. She was previously a business journalist , working for the London Evening Standard and The Guardian, where she herself told many a story.

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