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Tessa Armstrong Award-Winning Accredited Career Coach & Author

Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 07989 343195 07989 343195
Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14
07989 343195 07989 343195

About me

Career Coaching with Tessa has been an invaluable and life changing experience. I realise that sounds a little bit dramatic but when you finally know what you want to do and can go after it with focus, direction and passion, it can truly change your life.' Julie K Pilgrim

***Tessa was awarded 'Recognised Leader in Career Coaching Services UK, 2020, by CV Magazine and is the author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love'***

How to find the right career path for you

I specialise in helping individuals to achieve the best career path for them, enabling them to progress into fulfilling careers.  I cover all aspects of career coaching including,

  • Self-awareness/Confidence
  • Career change
  • Job search
  • Career break
  • Performance and career path progression
  • Returning to work
  • Redundancy
  • Work/life balance

I have created a series of successful career coaching programmes which have developed through my experience of enabling individuals to overcome challenges they face in their career and feel confident about their career choices.  These programmes are carefully structured to enable each individual to make valuable discoveries and pursue fulfilling and rewarding career paths. I am also the author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love' which provides a structured process for planning your career.

I have a positive focus and am passionate about ensuring that all my clients get the maximum benefit from career coaching straightaway, increasing confidence and developing their chosen career path more quickly and easily than doing it alone.

‘Working with Tessa has changed my life for the better. The sessions were well delivered, usefully structured. and friendly in tone. What I found most useful was the ability and confidence Tessa gave me to challenge myself.  With searching questions and reflective exercises, I got to know myself better, and was therefore able to prioritise what was important to me in life.  Having made some important decisions, Tessa helped my make a plan of action.  I now have a set of techniques to use again and again at life’s crossroad moments. Thank you!’ Andy Lyon

Training, qualifications & experience

As an award-winning career coach, having been awarded 'Recognised Leader in Career Coaching services UK (2020), I have been helping individuals for over 10 years to achieve careers that suit them best. My unique perspective on working life has developed from my unique career path as a solicitor, working for a top 10 national charity and establishing my own business.  I am an accredited coach, trained in NLP, a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love' and was also awarded leading coach in Wiltshire 2018 by CV Magazine.


My clients include lawyers, teachers (primary and secondary), accountants, web developers, charity fundraisers, managing directors, business owners as well as those from the publishing industry, production companies, property development, marketing, PR, administration, management, the housing industry, the banking and finance sectors, the education sector and schools.   I am featured in well-known publications including the Law Gazette and provide group seminars and talks. More recently, I have taken part in round table discussions with the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring. 


  • Accredited Practitioner Coach, The International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring
  • Diploma in Coaching, Achievement Specialists (training with international best selling life coach author and trainer, Curly Martin)
  • Diploma in NLP, The International NLP Trainers Association
  • Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner

I hold full insurance and adhere to the professional code of conduct.

Member organisations


International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring

The IAPC&M is an independent not-for-profit organisation, run by coaches and mentors for the benefit of coaches, mentors and training providers around the world.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Career change coaching
  • Performance coaching (including stress and anxiety)
  • Career development coaching
  • Self-Awareness, self-esteem, and confidence
  • Self-Presentation
  • Corporate coaching
  • Legal sector coaching
  • Returning to work (including career breakers, Mums returning to work, redundancy, sickness).
  • Redundancy Coaching
  • Job search coaching (including CV preparation and job applications, interview technique)
  • Self-employment.
  • Youth coaching/school career coaching
  • Young adults career coaching and job search

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Free Consultation

I offer a free consultation to enable you to understand how coaching can help you. During the consultation, we can have a chat about your individual needs and coaching programmes that would best suit you. There is no obligation following the call as we understand that you would like to make the best decision for you.

Coaching Programmes

I offer a variety of coaching programmes that can be individually tailored to meet your needs. One of my most popular programmes is my 'Career Advancement Programme' which enables you to identify and advance the best career for you and includes intensive assessment of sellable skills, interests and values, generation of career aspirations and ideas and job hunting strategies.  I also offer performance coaching programmes and job search/career review programmes.


My fees for individual coaching start at £60 per hour.

Coaching takes place during regular sessions in person, by telephone or Skype.

Further information


"Thanks again for all your help! I really appreciate the work you have done with me." (Hannah Wilkinson, February 2019)

"I just wanted to drop you a line with an update ... I got the job!  'Over the moon' doesn't really feel quite strong enough but suffice to say I am very delighted and excited at this opportunity - it just feels the right thing for me - and my family - on every level!  Above all THANK YOU for the huge part you have played in getting me to where I am." (FO, May 2018)

"I was in a rut with a job hunt that was going nowhere and I signed up for a six session coaching package with Tessa.  It was a quite transformative experience.  My objective was to find a role for the next 10-20 years.  I haven't found that but what I have gained is much better; the coaching vastly improved my confidence and the way that I approach many different aspects of life, not just my career, and it's Tessa's style of coaching that is to thank.  She is friendly but firm, focused on the task and - importantly - she doesn't give many short cuts.  She'll guide you while you do the work yourself.  I had gone into it wanting answers, but being guided, by an objective and impartial observer, through the process of finding those answers myself made the experience much more valuable.  I highly recommend her (and have recommended her to various friends)." (S.K., London, April 2018)

“Just wanted to let you know I’ve accepted a job as Project Coordinator for International Compliance with an eco-company, managing recycling obligations for large companies. Something completely different and I’m really looking forward to it!  Thanks again for your help and encouragement. There is life after law.” Anonymous, (December 2017)

"Thank you so much Tessa. I really feel that I have benefitted from having coaching with you. It has been my light at the end of the tunnel during this time and in that way came at the perfect time." (FM July 2016)

"Tessa coached me through a difficult crossroads in my legal career. I thoroughly recommend her as a coach. Her approach to coaching is sympathetic and supportive but at the same time realistic and commercial. There are times when it is extremely helpful to have somebody objective to support you and at times like that Tessa has the skills needed to help.” (Anonymous, January 2016)

"I just wanted to say thank you for your time and all the guidance you have given me. Your templates are practical and help me to focus and explore. In speaking with you, it's been helpful for me to normalise the things I have been/am dealing with.  I can then face them and take steps to move on. Thank you for your friendly, encouraging, practical and professional approach. It has been challenging at times but I am glad that I committed to and undertook the coaching programme. I have definitely benefitted from it and I would recommend you to others". (Anonymous, December 2013)

"Thank you so much for all the wonderful support, it really came at a necessary time when I had so many important decisions to make and needed some focus and guidance on how to go about making the right ones. Thanks to your insight, understanding, and positivity, I now feel that I am more confident and capable to make the choices that will most benefit me, whether it’s regarding my short-and long-term career goals or my overall future plans. It’s definitely been an invaluable experience for which I am very grateful." (KL, London)

"I have worked with Tessa for some time, with regular coaching sessions. She has a very useful knack of helping me to really explore certain topics without realising I am doing it, and bringing to the surface some real gems of self-awareness. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tessa and hope to continue on this journey of self-discovery for some time to come." (Simon Albert, Managing Director, Charity Challenge, February 2011)

"Looking for a brand new career seemed daunting and I thought it might feel like a chore, but after my phone sessions with Tessa I felt really energised and excited about all the possibilities open to me. Tessa asked me exactly the right questions to guide me towards devising my own strategy for finding a new job, and helped me break it up into manageable and achievable chunks. Sometimes I feel that looking after my kids and day to day life gets in the way but knowing that someone will be regularly ‘checking in with you’ is very motivating and really helps me to focus."  (Mrs S Poore)


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In person
Home visits

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Tessa Armstrong Award-Winning Accredited Career Coach & Author

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