Next Steps is a Professional and Career Development company run by Claire Bain. We’re based near Belfast, Northern Ireland and provide services to clients across the UK and Ireland. Our clients include organisations (public sector, businesses and charities) and individuals.
Overview of services:
We help organisations to manage and develop staff. Services include improving staff performance, resolving issues, increasing resilience, managing change and improving teamwork.
We help individuals to develop their careers. Services include interview training and support, preparation for competency interviews, career development mentoring and building confidence.
Claire is a business graduate and qualified coach. She’s a Member of the Association for Coaching and is an accredited practitioner in Myers-Briggs (MBTI) and Whole Brain Thinking (HBDI).
Before founding Next Steps, Claire spent 15 years in management roles in leading multinational organisations; followed by 8 years in consulting, training and facilitation roles. At one stage, she was responsible for managing 120 staff in a global customer supply department.
It’s the corporate experience of managing and developing staff that makes Claire different.
In addition to her full-time business activities, she does voluntary work for the Prince’s Trust and the Association for Coaching. She is also an appointed regional Ambassador for Women in Business NI.
Over the years Claire has built up a reliable network of associates, who bring valuable skills and experiences to meet specific client requirements.
Want to make improvements at work or in your career? Call 07973 854 379 or contact us
“How we deal with change is a key issue in our lives today. The challenge is to be aware of it, acknowledge it and get the right support to guide us through. The answers are within us but sometimes we can be overwhelmed and find it difficult to move forward. Meeting with Claire helped to gain clarity, move forward and find my voice again. Claire has a very comfortable manner and can help tease out the main issues, rationally drawing on her own business experiences and management skills.”MG, Manager, First Trust
Working with Claire has helped me understand my communication style and how it impacts my team. This had given me a better understanding of the team and enabled us all to discuss and resolve issues more effectivelySharon, DRD, Belfast
Claire’s workshop on ‘whole brain’ thinking was interesting, thought provoking and generated good open discussion within the executive team. Raising the awareness of your own and others thinking and communication styles has enabled the team to work more effectively through being more adaptive and understanding in both verbal and written communications. The workshop was fun and brought out a lot of learning in an informal and non-judgemental environment.PS, CEO, Charity Organisation
I was extremely concerned about a recent interview for a Managerial role. It was important to me to do the very best I could in the interview and went to Claire for support. Claire’s experience as a Manager was very obvious and she was able to give me some firm feedback on how I was coming across. She helped me realise that I was capable for the job but needed to overcome my nerves and present myself in a more professional manner. Claire has raised my self-confidence and taught me to be…Supervisor, Belfast Health Trust