Career Development

Executive Coaching at NABS

NABS offers free, confidential executive coaching to support you throughout your career journey. We endeavour to provide constructive insights into new thought processes and helping you to find new ways of managing situations for positive results.

Our executive coaching programme is made up of three sessions (approx. 1 hr), held at the NABS HQ, via phone or Skype.  Subject to eligibility, you will be assigned an accredited Executive Coach who will focus on your professional development – anything from managing stress to building confidence. The programme is perfect for those who feel they’ve reached a crossroads in their career, are going through redundancy or need a hand back into employment, those wanting to balance their life better as a working parent, or managers wanting insights on being an effective leader.

We are here to support and champion you; we look forward to sharing this journey with you. Please complete your application form here.


“Coaching helped as I had somebody to listen to my story in a completely objective way, pick up on certain points I hadn’t and to challenge me on some of my ways of thinking.  I can now see the beginnings of some real structure and focus that I will really be able to build on.”

Testimonial from NABS career client


Creative Coaching at NABS

We offer a bespoke creative coaching service for clients who have completed two placements or who have spent a minimum of one year working within in the industry.

NABS Creative Coach Ray Brennan  is an award-winning Creative Director with over 30 years’ experience. He has worked in some of London’s top creative departments including Lowe’s, Still Price Lintas, DMB&B and Havas to name a few.

NABS Creative Coaching sessions can be held at the NABS HQ, via phone or Skype. Each session will last for 40 to 60 minutes; individuals may attend up to three appointments. This service is free to all individuals subject to eligibility. Please complete your application form here.


Creative Partnering: Top 10 Tips

If you are looking for a creative partner, here are our 10 top tips for teaming up:

  1. Have a portfolio/website with at least four big ideas i.e. campaigns that can work across all media platforms; TV, Print, digital and experiential
  2. Remember you will get hired because you are an idea creator first, not an art director or a copywriter
  3. Be open-minded about teaming up with a fellow art director/copywriter
  4. Look for a portfolio that is full of fresh and memorable campaigns
  5. If you see a standout portfolio, contact the creative and arrange to meet in a relaxed venue, a café or pub
  6. If there is a personality clash, no matter how good their work is, don’t take it any further
  7. Your creative partner is somebody that you will work with for the next 10 years and beyond. You will get hired together, be promoted together, be awarded together, it really is like a marriage
  8. If you both get on well, work on a brief together to see how the creative chemistry works
  9. Combine your portfolios by choosing the strongest work from each one, whether that means more campaigns from one portfolio, so be it
  10. Target the top 10 agencies you want to work at and use your combined contacts to get your portfolio in front of them