Terry O'Brien

Terry O'Brien Career Coach

Hi, I'm Terry! 

I'm passionate about changing the world of careers. 

My goal is to meet you where you are, understand your unique needs, and help you navigate your career path. Whether you’re feeling stuck in your current role, looking to pivot to a new industry or want to get promoted, I’m here to support you every step of the way.

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Where it all started

In 1999, I founded my own recruitment consultancy, partnering with leading companies like Intel, Microsoft, CRH, O2, and Kerry Group. For over a decade, I reviewed thousands of CVs / LinkedIn profiles, became highly skilled in the interview process and helped thousands of people navigate the job market to secure successful, fulfilling careers.

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Discovering my career direction

In the early 2000's, my journey into self-awareness and reflection helped me uncover my true career passion: guiding others to discover their ideal career paths. In 2008, I qualified as a certified career consultant and founded Terry O’Brien Career Consultancy. Since then, I have had the privilege of coaching thousands of people who were going for interview or feeling stuck or unsure about their career, empowering them to pursue their "best-fit" career and achieve happiness and success.

An award winning educator 

In addition to my consultancy work, I bring my passion for career development to my role as an Assistant Professor of Careers at DCU. Since 2012, I have lectured and mentored thousands of students in the Masters in Business Management and Strategic Management Programmes and am fortunate to have received multiple teaching awards from DCU. My role as an educator allows me to stay at the forefront of the latest trends and career research, which I incorporate into my coaching practices. 

For over 20 years I have supported senior leaders and professionals through every stage of their career journey, helping them gain the clarity and confidence needed for success

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Supporting c-suite leaders 

Having run my own business and navigated the complexities of senior leadership myself, I understand the unique challenges C-suite executives and managers face. I have collaborated with various organizations to create bespoke programmes tailored for senior C-suite leaders and managers,

  • Go Global for Growth:  Partnering with Enterprise Ireland, I helped design a programme that has empowered over 500 leaders in Irish SMEs (with turnovers ranging from €2 million to €200 million) to successfully expand into international markets. 
  • IPO Stock Exchange: A specialized leadership development programme for select Irish companies considering IPO
  • Mazars: A management consulting development programme for accountants, supporting them to enhance their strategic skills to drive organizational success.

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Founder of Recruitment Company (1999-2008)
Founder of Terry O'Brien Careers (2008-present)
Qualified Career Coach and Counsellor 2007

Qualified in Neuro Linguistic Programming 2007

Qualified Life & Business Coach 2008

Award-Winning Assistant Professor of Careers, Dublin City University (2012-present)
  - Winner of the Best New Individual Lecturer Award (2014)
  - Winner of the Best Team-Teaching Award (2018)

Creator of CareerWell™ Leadership Framework
Chartered Fellow of the CIPD

Master’s in Electronic Commerce, Dublin City University
Degree in Business Studies, specialising in Human Resources, Dublin City University
National Certificate in Training, NUI Maynooth
National Certificate in Employment Law, UCD

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"Terry brings you on a journey from being unsure and confused about your future career, to a state of self-awareness and an understanding of your strengths and talents. This makes you confident about your choices and assists you in developing a clear career plan".

chris clancy, management consultant

Experienced career and high performance coach who has spent over 20 years coaching clients on their Best-Fit Career and how to achieve success and happiness at work.   

Created the 5-Step CareerWell™ Framework, a process that helps you achieve happiness and success by focusing on the five elements of career wellbeing.

Specialist in preparing people for competency-based interview for the public sector. Has conducted thousands of interviews and feedback sessions over a 20 year period.  

Certified career coach who uses psychometric testing and exercises to help clients discover their unique strengths and talents so they thrive and flourish in their career. 

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  • “Everything that Terry does aims at assisting people to clarify their career direction and to achieve their full potential. Terry brings you on a journey of self-discovery from a position... read more

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  • Before I met Terry, I had applied for a senior role in my organisation. I was overthinking things, lacking in focus and lacking in confidence. After an afternoon with Terry,... read more

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  • Terry is an excellent Career Mentor who supported and helped me on my career journey. When I met Terry, I had experience in project management but wanted to transition to... read more

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  • Although I had an extensive professional background, backed up by a reputable third-level education and multiple certifications in my area of expertise, my CV did not receive many responses from... read more

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  • Before I met Terry I was confused and unsure which career path to take after failing to gain entry to my dream course. From my session with Terry, I gained... read more

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  • I reached out to Terry because I felt I needed to bounce my career aspirations and plans off an impartial third party, someone that wasn’t a family member, friend, colleague... read more

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