CCS and Kate Mansfield Careers

At CCS, we combine in-depth, impartial and confidential discussions with career-relevant tools and questionnaires. We have used these questionnaires successfully with our clients for the past 30 years


Introductory discussion (no charge)

We encourage everyone to have this discussion, either face to face (preferable) or by Skype/telephone. The aim is to hear a little about your situation and give you a sense of what the career coaching might involve, so you can make up your mind if the career coaching is for you.

We will also discuss some initial aims for the meetings.



We will send you some thought provoking preparation exercises.

Allow 2-3 hours.


Meeting 1: Know yourself: exploring

Exploring your situation, educational and career background. This fundamental work enables you to address the questions ‘who am I?’ and ‘what do I want from a career in HR?’  We will discuss and agree any ‘home assignments’ – self-appraisal exercises to help you address your:

  • Strengths and skills (what am I good at?)
  • Interests (What really energises and motivates me?)
  • Values (what is most important to me?)
  • When I’m at my best (what helps me to thrive?)
  • Personality (what HR roles and environments would suit me?)
  • Career management (how balanced is my career management?)


Meeting 2: Know yourself: exploring and clarifying

  • debriefing the self-appraisal exercises
  • (recorded, if desired). Our experience shows that recording this meeting is very helpful in enabling you to reflect on the discussion, the results and possible implications of the exercises. You might also want to share the recording with a partner or friend
  • clarifying your most important motivators, values & career drivers within HR
  • agreeing ‘home assignments’ to aid your further reflection


Meeting 3: Ideas and options

We may cover:

  • summarising your ‘Job Template’ – key elements for job satisfaction
  • identifying work/life opportunities and ideas
  • agreeing your ‘HR Action & Development Plan ‘, including deadlines, if appropriate
  • Defining your ‘personal brand’ within HR


Meeting 4: Review of actions & next steps

This meeting’s exact agenda will be agreed beforehand. It could include:

  • reviewing successes and challenges of actions taken
  • further coaching on HR career management development needs
  • next steps