Helen Slingsby (MSc) – Career Coach

A practical and insightful career coach who works quickly to support a highly diverse clientele, I have helped individuals from the public and private sector as well as education and not for profit. I’m a strong believer in having a direct, proactive approach to job hunting and career change, and successfully provide you with the tools to do this.

Helen Slingsby

Need career help?

Clients who have been made redundant find a positive and confidence boosting approach significantly helps them find jobs. Others seeking to change direction are now reaping the benefits of pursuing a fulfiling new career.

With an MSc in Career Management and Counselling from Birkbeck College, London University, I am also qualified in Level A and B psychometric testing, specialising in the NEO personality inventory.

Humour & lateral thinking

I feel that a person-centred approach with the use of humour helps to engage and challenge my clients. I get to the root of the issue quickly, helping to identify fresh options, via lateral thinking and confidence-boosting measures.

Ex-journalist & News Editor

As a business correspondent for the Evening Standard and Guardian newspapers, I developed a strong knowledge of the retail, media, marketing and leisure sectors. I later retrained as a career coach, which enabled me to fully exploit my sector experience and writing skill to help jobseekers and those pondering career change to make moves to change their life.

Having run a team of 11 reporters, as news editor of Marketing Week magazine I’m more than able to put myself in your shoes as a line manager – I’ve been there and I know what you’ll be expected to achieve.

I really enjoy putting my strong writing and marketing skills to good use, helping corporate, public sector and private clients sell themselves to the max in an intensely competitive market. I can help you too!

Career coaching in Reading, Berkshire

Based in Pangbourne, Berkshire (near Reading) I offer personally tailored coaching sessions at my rural office to help you with confidence, CV writing, interview techniques, job searching or pitching to employers. You can also book convenient Zoom, Skype and phone sessions. 

Please send me a message to enquire about rates and further information.

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Sectors & Roles

Past and present clients from a vast range of industries and sectors have included:

Business, finance & law

  • Talent Director
  • Learning and Develpment Manager
  • City Law firm partners
  • Seven-year qualified lawyer
  • Entrepreneur (and ex-Journalist)
  • Accountant
  • Finance Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Occupational Health Manager
  • Building Society Area Director
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Procurement Director

Sales and marketing

  • Marketing Director
  • Brand Manager
  • Insight manager

IT & technical

  • Programme Director
  • Project Manager 
  • IT Support Manager
  • Engineer
  • Computer Programmer


  • Documentary maker
  • Chef
  • Novelist
  • Curator
  • Journalist 
  • Publishing Managing Director
  • Academic Book Publishing Manager

Public sector & not for profit 

  • NHS Area Manager
  • Deputy Head Teacher
  • School Department Head
  • MBA students
  • Charity worker


Customer service & retail

  • Call Centre Team Leaders
  • Store Managers
  • Relationship Manager
  • Cabin Crew