Career Compass Workbook

A Workbook to Help You Think Positively and Proactively about your Career Development

Prepare effectively for career conversations with your manager, mentor or coach

Get the tools and templates you need to reflect on the past and think about the future

In today’s working environment, it’s up to you to manage your career.  You need to decide what success looks like for you and what actions you’re prepared to take to achieve it.  But you can’t do it alone.  You will need support – from managers, mentors, coaches and HR.  That relies on preparing effectively for career conversations.

Where should you start?

How can you develop clarity on your ambitions?

How can you decide what support you need?

That’s what the Career Compass is designed to help you with.

Hi, I’m Antoinette. I created the Career Compass to address the above challenges.

The Career Compass Workbook is a set of practical templates for you to think about your career and professional development.

The templates represent a blend of personal analysis, imagination and strategic planning.

The Career Compass Workbook structures your thinking to help you prepare for career conversations with your manager and others.

It’s practical, simple and easy to use by all employees, no matter where they are in their career and what they want to achieve.

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The Workbook allows you to:

Complete a comprehensive study of where you've come from, where you are now, where you want to go next and how to get there.

Gain wisdom through a review of your career to date and an evaluation of your current role

Create a picture of your future success and define your longer-term ambitions

Uncover your wealth of skills, strengths, achievements and resources that will help you make progress

Develop a wish list of satisfaction criteria to help you identify, create and evaluate opportunities

Identify the skills, experiences and relationships you need to grow and develop

Choose relevant strategies for raising your profile among key stakeholders and decision makers

Identify short-term milestones and the first steps you can take to make progress

Prepare for the career conversations that will help you develop your career in your organisation

The Career Compass helps you take ownership of your career development so you can navigate your organisation.

It provides you with a great set of tools to aid your reflection prior to a career conversation with your manager, mentor or coach.

How does it work?

It forms the basis of the Career Compass Workshop during which participants work through the strategies and templates with a group of people.  However, the Workbook can also be used independently. We suggest you work through all the templates when you will be able to focus on each template without distraction. You also might choose to add additional activities such as researching options, discussing with colleagues, friends and family or interviewing key contacts. These extra activities will require more time but may help you reach deeper insights. You could also work with a coach for added support and learning. Experiment and see what works best for you. There is no wrong way of working with these templates.

What does the Career Compass Workbook Contain?

The Career Compass Workbook provides a framework. The templates cover the ten different tools that managers receive in the Career Conversation Toolkit:

    • Tool 1 – Career Platform
    • Tool 2 – Your Journey So Far
    • Tool 3 – Future Success
    • Tool 4 – Career Checkpoint
    • Tool 5 – Career Kitbag

    • Tool 6 – Career Routes
    • Tool 7 – Career Kitbag Additions
    • Tool 8 – Short-Term Milestones
    • Tool 9 – Setting Off
    • Tool 10 – Progress Review

Each template provides a structure and guidelines to reflect on and think about a different element of career management.

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The work book was useful in setting out my thinking and will be a useful tool to use in the future to remind me of my thought process and to give extra confidence when needed. Whilst I haven't got a clear direction in the sense of one job title/role etc., I've got something arguably more valuable - an understanding of my motivators, values, and needs going forward.

Sophie D., Projects Manager

I would definitely recommend this workbook. I am going to apply the tools in my personal development to think more positively and objectively about next steps. And I'm going to set up a time to share with my line manager.

Caitlin W., Business Development Specialist

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Antoinette Oglethorpe

Antoinette Oglethorpe

Creator of the Career Compass Workbook

Antoinette Oglethorpe is a leadership development consultant, coach, speaker, and author. She runs a professional training and coaching company which specialises in developing leaders and leadership teams for fast-growth companies.


Antoinette has over 25 years’ experience of developing leaders for companies like P&G and Accenture. Her passion now lies with fast-growing, high-tech companies. A defining moment in her career was when she helped start up Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. As International Learning Director, she played a key role in developing the people needed to grow the organisation as it grew to 1200 employees in its first year.


Antoinette qualified as a coach in 1999. She believes developing leadership talent in organisations relies on connecting employees’ career ambitions with the goals of the organisation. She is the creator of the Career Conversation Toolkit a set of practical card-based tools, for managers, mentors and in-house coaches.


Antoinette regularly speaks at HR and coaching conferences around the world. She has been a Chair at HR Vision as well as a speaker at conferences for the CIPD, the Association for Coaching and International Mentoring Association. She hosts a podcast on iTunes called “Talent Development Mastery”.


Antoinette is the author of “Grow Your Geeks – A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations” which reached number one on the Amazon bestseller list of management and leadership books. She is a contributing author to another Amazon bestseller, “Fit-For-Purpose Leadership”, a collaborative project with proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust.

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