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Career Associates

"The trouble with the future is it has a habit of arriving just before you expect it. "




Career Associates have earned a reputation for producing positive, innovative solutions for businesses and people facing major changes in their working lives.

Career Associates recognise that even the most carefully planned career can be disrupted – by a take-over or a merger, by relocation or restructuring.

A realistic, practical strategy with achievable goals will help executives and managers who may be uncertain of their future within an organisation and unsure of what skills and resources they will need to make a successful move.

Each member of our dedicated team of outplacement specialists knows how important it is to:

  • measure your own value
  • assess all the available options
  • regain control
  • get your career back on track

Career Associates tailors advice, training and time to each individual's particular circumstances and requirements. We know how to help them succeed.

Here’s what some of our clients had to say about our services:

The Individual View

“Career Associates acted as my outplacement advisors. Insightful and creative, my consultant had a knack of asking the right question at the right time, helping tease out the key issues in a supportive and focused way. His style was exceptionally personable, with just the right amount of humour and professionalism.” – Paul McKelvie OBE, Corporate Responsibility & Lifelong Learning Consultant

“The assistance was really supportive but also challenging at times. What I particularly appreciated was that it was focused on me and not simply handling me like part of a process. Just what I expected, given their reputation in the marketplace” – John Phillips, Former Director, Scotland’s Economic Development Agency

“I never expected it to be your job to get me a new appointment, but your guidance on interview preparation, in acting as a sounding board for my job search and how to negotiate effectively with potential employers proved invaluable. All in all, I would have struggled during the last five months without this support” – Senior Marketing Executive within the Financial Services sector

“It was like having a very close friend to turn to for advice but knowing the advice was based on wide experience and a sound knowledge of the job market; it was matched with a genuine desire to ensure I made the right choices for my future.” – Former County Council Chief Executive

The Corporate View

“I’ve been using the services of Frank Docherty and his colleagues for more than 15 years. The departure of approximate 100 people from our company during 2008/09 was a difficult process, but the standard of support we received from Career Associates was exemplary – both from a practical point of view and in terms of sensitivity.” – Executive Director HR, Aegon UK

“Like any good company, the quality of the work and the service is of paramount importance. Frank has assembled an outstandingly good team that has looked after our needs for many years. Over the period we have grown to trust the people and they know and understand our values. These values are shared and they think very much like us. It is a seamless partnership, where our people are treated consistently well.” – Gordon Teasdale, Head of Human Resources at Standard Life Investments

“When I was a client, I was treated with integrity, dignity and respect. Now, as a buyer of outplacement, I actively seek feedback and I know my departing colleagues are also professionally looked after – to me that is hugely important.” – HR Director-Corporate, Cadbury Schweppes

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