About Paul

Paul is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and empathic Career Coach, Consultant and Trainer who has delivered advice guidance and coaching to numerous people of all ages and backgrounds. In recent years he has specialised in working with mid-career changers, experienced professionals dealing with redundancy, and university graduates.

As well as working as a Careers Adviser, Paul has been a manager of several university careers services, a company director, and a university lecturer. He currently lectures on Coventry University’s MA/QCG qualification for careers and employability practitioners, and as an expert trainer for the Career Development Institute. He has also edited or contributed to a number of national careers publications.

Paul has a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and is a qualified practitioner for Psychometric (cognitive and personality) tests.

Paul will work with you to identify your unique combination of skills, aspirations, knowledge, experience and values to decide on a way forward and to co-create a career vision and plan of action including short and longer-term actions.

He will also support you to access trustworthy sources of career information and job vacancies in the career fields you are interested in Paul can also help you to confidently market yourself to potential employers through the development of a strong CV and intensive support in preparing for job interviews, including strategies for handling presentations and psychometric tests.

Paul’s consultations are entirely confidential and focussed on meeting your needs.

Paul can help you if;

You are seeking a change of career, or you have a plan but need support and guidance to take the first steps .

You are in the midst of a significant career transition, such as dealing with redundancy or leaving full-time education.

You are feeling overwhelmed by the possible options or lacking confidence to move forward with your plans,

Paul’s Qualifications


Paul has a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and is a qualified practitioner for Psychometric (cognitive and personality) tests.

Teaching experience

Paul currently lectures on Coventry University’s MA/QCG qualification for careers, and as an expert trainer for the Career Development Institute.

Job Interview Preparation

Nervous about job interviews?

Keep getting interviews, but not getting the job?

Do you want to be better prepared for job interviews?

Career Consultations

At a career crossroads?

Dealing with redundancy?

Are you graduating or changing location, or do you want to align your skills, aspirations and values?

Career Circle Sessions

Ready to make a career change?

Have you recently been made redundant?

Are you seeking new opportunities?

Are you feeling isolated and keen to share ideas and support with other job seekers?

Training Courses

Half-day and Full-day courses available, using;

  • Action learning scenarios
  • Personal and group reflection
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicators
  • Belbin team roles

Job Application checks

Unsure what to write?

Do you keep applying for jobs, but not getting interviews?

Is your CV out of date?

Do you need to promote yourself on Linked In but not sure how?

How it works...

Step 1: Make an enquiry

To book a session with Paul please complete the form here or send an email with details of the services you would like to book to info@paulgaunt.co.uk or call Paul on 07595537178

Step 2: Discovery session

You can arrange a free 20 minute Discovery session with Paul to talk through your ideas and queries and to decide what combination of services might be best for you

Step 3: Face-to-face or virtual sessions

Paul’s career consultations and training sessions are normally available in person or virtually. Due to the current pandemic, however, all services are offered online only (via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype)


Whilst I managed Paul, I was always amazed at the level of empathy and passion he devoted to individual students who were seeking support in planning their careers. He is a truly warm person with a huge depth of knowledge who, most importantly, can help the most under-confident person to overcome the barriers they face to get the job they really want.

Ged Hall

Senior Professional Development Consultant, University of Leeds

As my university careers advisor Paul helped me choose a path that suited my skills, personality and values. His thoughtful, empathic, person-centred approach is underpinned by his love of helping people reach their potential. I am very grateful for the guidance he gave me early on in what is a very enjoyable career.

Elizabeth Turp

Published writer, trainer and counsellor in private practice

Paul is one of the most competent, professional and friendly Careers Advisers I know. He has excellent guidance and counselling skills plus the ability to manage projects directly.

Brian Staines

Expert on Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) System-Industry Linkages and International Consultant on Careers education and Guidance

I found Paul in 2020 when I was considering my career options. He proved to be a great sounding board and source of ideas. He is highly experienced and offered me constructive and relevant advice which helped to quickly get me into a new position. I would recommend Paul to anyone who is in the job market.

Louis Mehr

Experienced Project Manager

Paul has collaborated with us on a range of projects to help improve our approach to staff recruitment, training and development. This has included advising on the creation of a professional adviser framework and delivery of cpd covering occupational choice and careers guidance theory in the modern Higher Education context. Paul is a highly knowledgeable expert who is able to bring about real world improvements through an ability to collaborate and communicate his problem solving approach.
Julian White

Head of Faculty Careers and Employability Support, Manchester Metropolitan University

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