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About Us

What is unique about our team at Human Reasons is that we work both as HR Consultants and Career Coaches. Therefore, we work constantly with both Employers and also with candidates looking for work and to improve their Careers. Our experience also includes Lecturing on both University and College Programmes. We support all stages of your career from students to graduates to apprentices to the person changing careers, the person returning to work after maternity and sickness, executives and aspiring executives and finally we also work with people approaching retirement! Our Career Services also include delivering ONLINE Level 1 Certified Training in Food Safety & HACCP.

Our Career Support Experience

Students:

We have provided career planning support to students from lots of schools across Cork City and County including study schools such as Bruce College and Hewitt College Cork.

At a local level Avril promoted opportunities to study at UCC across many Irish Education Fairs and Schools, this can be a very competitive marketplace (UCC V’s Trinity etc).

Avril was also chosen to represent UCC at Ireland’s Education Mission to China in 2004; in collaboration with other Irish Universities (including UCD, UL etc.) we promoted opportunities for Chinese students to study in Ireland across major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen (in collaboration with the Irish Government (Department of Foreign Affairs & Education) plus Enterprise Ireland.

Graduates: (including applying for work experience)

We have both designed and delivered Graduate Recruitment Programmes on behalf of Employers.

This has included designing high volume graduate recruitment campaigns for industries including Pharmaceutical, BioPharma and Medical Devices.

Our team has supported many Graduates on a 1:1 basis who are applying to and going through the recruitment process for graduate programmes.

We also support applicants applying for work experience programmes.

Apprentices:

We have both designed and delivered Apprenticeship Programmes on behalf of Employers.

This has included designing high volume apprentice recruitment campaigns for industries including Pharmaceutical, BioPharma and Medical Devices.

Our team has supported many Apprentices on a 1:1 basis who are applying to and going through the recruitment process for Apprenticeship Programmes.

Redundancy:

Our team has been chosen by Employers to provide Career Redundancy Support (what can be called outplacement) to employees.

We have also supported many Employees on a 1:1 basis who are going through redundancy programmes.

“Today’s organisations undoubtedly face great depth and complexity of challenges. It is absolutely critical that we put the human into each reason for every single decision we make.

I know Avril in many ways, through my previous work with The Samaritans and in my current capacity as Head of Marketing & International Business at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). I can personally recommend Avril’s approach in supporting today’s teams and I wish her and her team the best in this new chapter!”

Dr. Pio Fenton, Head of Marketing & International Business at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) & Previous Director of The Samaritans in Ireland

Our HR Services Experience

1. Pharma, BioPharma & Medical Devices

  • Alkermes
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Biomarrin
  • Gillead
  • MSD Cork (Brinny)
  • MSD Tipperary (Ballydine)
  • MSD Dublin (Swords)
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi UK
  • Servier
  • TEVA

2. Food & Hospitality Industry

  • Dairygold
  • Market Lane Restaurant Group (including Market Lane, Elbow Lane, Castle Cafe, Orso & Goldie Fish & Ale)
  • Trigon Hotel Group (Cork International Hotel, Cork Airport Hotel & Metropole Hotel)

3. Education Industry

  • Bruce College Cork
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • ICM (Institute of Commercial Management)
  • Teagasc
  • UCC

4. Community & Voluntary Sector (and others)

  • Aspect
  • Cobh Community Centre
  • Cork Simon Community
  • SECAD (including training participants of Tús Community Employment Scheme)
  • Irish Naval Service

at times we collaborated with other Consultancy Services in relation to this work, certain clients we work with regularly and others when there has been a specific requirement over a defined time period

Avril’s Guest Talks & Media

Avril TEDx (UCC School of Medicine) – YouTube
  • TEDx (UCC School of Medicine)
  • 96FM
  • REDFM
  • RTE Maura & Daithi Show
  • Irish Hospitality Institute
We Have Collaborated with:
  • Carol Hogan Associates (Author of Leading HR Books)
  • Gallup UK
  • Headstart Consultancy
  • Korn Ferry (via Talent Q Assessments)
  • Nova Partners HR Services
  • Motiv8 Performance Excellence Sports Psychologists
  • Positive Career Options (including working with Professor Thomas Garavan)

“Our restaurant group has a long and very beneficial relationship with Avril Mansworth. Avril has improved our organisation ethically and professionally in many respects. Avril has elevated our professional responses and methods in dealing with a wide range of people issues and has served as a marvellous ambassador for our group on numerous occasions. We are only able to offer professional and emotional support to colleagues in a structured way, due to the volume of work that Avril has done for us in setting up structures. Avril has been instrumental in the conceptual and delivery stage of a wide range of training initiatives, is an excellent tutor and a very professional and engaging speaker. We couldn’t recommend her enough and would be pleased to provide a verbal reference if required.”

Conrad Howard, Ownership Team Market Lane Restaurant Group (Market Lane Restaurant & Bar, Castle Café Restaurant Bar & Kitchen Garden, Orso Kitchen & Bar, Elbow Lane Brew &Smokehouse and latest addition Goldie Fish & Ale.

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Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Experience

Avril has primarily worked with these areas in the occupational area i.e. supporting Employers with Employees experiencing these areas and also working 1:1 with Employees themselves. She strikes the balance around supporting Employer meet their legislative employer obligations plus support their people at a human level. She also works with people 1:1 outside of the employment setting in her Coaching Practice.

Unfortunately the dominance of wellbeing difficulties in the workplace is on the increase and as an outcome of this Avril has gained more and more experience in supporting both companies and also employees. This support can be broadly categories in three areas 1. Preventing these challenges 2. Dealing with these challenges when they do occur 3. Recovering from these challenges and re-integrating into the workforce. A large proportion of Avril’s experience is drawn from her work with the Hospitality Industry where she has come across a very wide range of challenges with individuals from all parts of the worlds.  Hospitality in her opinion is an industry which can attract vulnerable people.

In the last 2 years in particular she has supported several companies with initiatives such as Cork Healthy Cities PSYCHED Awards and The Amber Flag (Pieta House Initiative).

Through Avril’s work over the last 10 years in particular in the self-employed space she has more and more seen the positive benefit of work for people’s mental health, this daily “occupational therapy” and how structure can be very supportive wellbeing. She spoke about this when asked to give a Guest Talk on Wellbeing for the Irish Hotels Federation in Jan 2019 where she walked attendees through an entirely employee centred Case Study on Employee Wellbeing Programmes.

Avril has presented at various mental health forums locally and nationally including TEDx (in collaboration with UCC’s School of Medicine & Health), RTE’s Today Show, Red FM & 96FM, The Lord Mayor’s Office and Major Political Parties.

Avril has always connected with the latest thinking and research in mental health, a recent example being her postgraduate studies in the Occupational Psychologist Training Pathway in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde (recognised by the British Psychological Society).

In her voluntary work, Avril has partnered over the last 10+ years with many national and local mental health support services ranging from Pieta House to The Samaritans in addition to working with multidisciplinary teams from the HSE’s National Health Strategies including Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The people we work with are usually in 2 distinct categories of those who have been dealing with these challenges for all or most of their lives and those who these challenges are more recent for them.

A key cornerstone of my approach is the co-existence of these challenges plus living a functional life. So many strategies focus on the elimination of challenges and this is usually not effective. Challenges exist, when we focus our energies on how to live functional and even meaningful lives in spite of these challenges our wellbeing & resilience journeys become significantly easier.

Start Your Own Business:

We have been involved in setting up and running a Local Women’s Networking Group “Catalyst” in collaboration with South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and funded by the EU.

Avril has also been a dedicated Mentor for new businesses with SECAD.

Start Ups:

Supported the intensive recruitment campaign for MSD’s new biopharma facility in Dublin in 2018 including the Senior Leadership Team.

Additional background on our experience in supporting people with Mental Health, Stress & Other Health Challenges

Avril has supported Employers to support Employees and also working 1:1 with Employees themselves at times like this. She strikes the balance around supporting Employer meet their legislative employer obligations plus support their people at a human level. She also works with people 1:1 outside of the employment setting in her Coaching Practice.

Unfortunately, the dominance of wellbeing difficulties in the workplace is on the increase and as an outcome of this Avril has gained more and more experience in supporting both companies and also employees. This support can be broadly categories in three areas 1. Preventing these challenges 2. Dealing with these challenges when they do occur 3. Recovering from these challenges and re-integrating into the workforce. A large proportion of Avril’s experience is drawn from her work with the Hospitality Industry where she has come across a very wide range of challenges with individuals from all parts of the world.  Hospitality in her opinion is an industry which can attract vulnerable people.

In the last 2 years in particular she has supported several companies with initiatives such as Cork Healthy Cities PSYCHED Awards and The Amber Flag (Pieta House Initiative).

Through Avril’s work over the last 10 years in particular in the self-employed space she has more and more seen the positive benefit of work for people’s mental health, this daily “occupational therapy” and how structure can be very supportive wellbeing. She spoke about this when asked to give a Guest Talk on Wellbeing for the Irish Hotels Federation in Jan 2019 where she walked attendees through an entirely employee centred Case Study on Employee Wellbeing Programmes.

Avril has presented at various mental health forums locally and nationally including TEDx (in collaboration with UCC’s School of Medicine & Health), RTE’s Today Show, Red FM & 96FM, The Lord Mayor’s Office and Major Political Parties.

Avril has always connected with the latest thinking and research in mental health, a recent example being her postgraduate studies in the Occupational Psychologist Training Pathway in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde (recognised by the British Psychological Society).

In her voluntary work, Avril has partnered over the last 10+ years with many national and local mental health support services ranging from Pieta House to The Samaritans in addition to working with multidisciplinary teams from the HSE’s National Health Strategies including Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

What kind of challenges do we see? Sometimes it may include some or more of the below and sometimes it isn’t as serious as these can be:

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Depression, Addiction, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Assault, Sexuality, Abuse, Shock Trauma, Complex Trauma, Grief, OCD, Eating Disorders, Mood & Personality Disorders, Relationship Breakdowns, Homelessness, Unemployment, Bullying, Isolation & Loneliness, Physical Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cancer, Learning Disabilities & Domestic Violence

However, whatever is happening for the person despite how “serious” we decide it is can be undoubtedly painful for them despite our perceived severity of the situation.

The people we work with are usually in 2 distinct categories of those who have been dealing with these challenges for all or most of their lives and those who these challenges are more recent for them.

A key cornerstone of my approach is the co-existence of these challenges plus living a functional life. So many strategies focus on the elimination of challenges and this is usually not effective. Challenges exist, when we focus our energies on how to live functional and even meaningful lives in spite of these challenges our wellbeing & resilience journeys become significantly easier.

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