Career Development

Confidence – finding it again

Words by Jo Irvine, career coach at NABS As a coach, people talk to me about developing their confidence all the time. They also talk about losing their confidence. Maybe there is a lost property office with a shelf with little bundles of people’s precious confidence, looking out the window waiting to be claimed or...
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Is coaching different in other industries?

Words by Jo Irvine, career coach at NABS When I started coaching for NABS in November last year I was interested to find out if coaching in the advertising and media industry would be any different from working in the arts sector, which is my background. Although I have coached in a variety of organisations...
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The Importance of CPD continual professional development – and how it could work for you

Words by Jo Irvine, career coach at NABS It’s easy to gaze at your laptop for years and get angry that no-one offered you that promotion, or you apply for a job and find out you did not get it. You wonder, why? Or maybe secretly you want to stay in the same role for...
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Managing people – Listen to what they need to help them grow

Words by Jo Irvine, career coach at NABS In my coaching sessions, managing people is a subject that is often discussed. Thinking about how you would like to be managed yourself is a good place to start. Another thing to think about is what the people around you need to thrive. I have managed lots...
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Coaching in Manchester

Words by Jo Irvine, career coach at NABS In November I started working for NABS as their Manchester-based career coach. This was an opportunity for me to combine my passion for coaching with my love for the north and its people. I have been living in Salford for the last 12 years. I love working...
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Life catches up with you fast

Words by David Felton There’s an expression that I’ve seen a lot online recently; ‘life catches up with you fast’. One minute you’ve got a swagger in your step and the stars have aligned to make your dreams come true. The next and you’re desperately trying to climb out of a dark hole. Nowhere does...
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NABS Fast Forward week4: Loz Horner on Insights, Strategy and Briefing

Words by Richard Smith, client director at Maxus and Fast Forward mentor We are now in week four of NABS Fast Forward 2017; the half way stage. So, on the final straight, it is great timing for this week’s guest presenter(s) from Lucky Generals. Laurence (AKA Loz) Horner, Strategist, has been a regular speaker talking...
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NABS Fast Forward 2017 week 3: Verica Djurdjevic on Connections

Words by James Stevens, director of digital design at Sky and Fast Forward mentor People don’t give a shit about advertising. That’s how Verica Djurdjevic opened her talk at week three of this year’s NABS Fast Forward Programme. Hardly the inspiring words young adlanders should hear, surely? Wrong. It’s exactly what they should hear: because...
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NABS Fast Forward 2017 week 2: James Murphy and Craig Inglis on the client-agency relationship

Words by James Appleby, client partner at MEC and Fast Forward mentor Week two of NABS Fast Forward brought us a Wednesday evening of two halves. From the solemn and serious business of improving the welfare and perhaps even saving the lives of immigration detainees inherent in this year’s pitch brief, to the more relaxed...
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NABS Fast Forward 2017 Week 1: Karen Blackett OBE on Pitching

Word by Jo Arden, Chief Strategy Officer, MullenLowe London and NABS Fast Forward 2017 Judge It’s another beautiful late-summer night, and we are at News UK headquarters. It seems impossible that another year has passed since the bitter-sweet celebrations of NABS Fast Forward 2016. But it has, and we are back. This is my fifth...
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