Paul Butler Creative Careers Adviser

West London, Windsor, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Surrey

My Career Story

What being creative means to me

...and to employers

Having a curious mind and great ideas;

a passion to inspire & inform,

create, present & communicate,

with originality, self confidence, adaptability,

understanding and a love of working with people

Selected projects from my Motion Design career

Industry Experience

My professional careers coaching draws on 35 years in broadcasting as an award winning Motion Designer and Design Director enjoying a highly creative and rewarding career, working for world renowned broadcasters, including The BBC and Sky TV.

Many years of interviewing creatives means I have valuable personal experience of the recruitment process and in-depth understanding what employers are looking for. 

My industry design experience includes delivering innovative animated solutions using a variety of techniques from; 2D/3D and live action, directing shoots, working with multi-disciplined artists and state of the art technologies.

I managed talented creative teams creating a wide range of multi-platform visual solutions across branding, programme identity, promotions, sponsorship, products and online services.

This means together with my industry knowledge

and connections, I’m able to offer highly practical advice, guidance and coaching across a wide variety of specialist skills, helping support and direct people towards their ideal career opportunities.

My Industry Career Clients

logos of the companies Paul Butler has done design work for
logos of the companies Paul Butler has done design work for

My Industry Network

A wide range of professional contacts provide important industry-focused

information and context for my advice & coaching.

This network helps maintain important awareness of existing and

new disciplines.

It means I can help identify the best ways to prepare

your approach to networking and personal promotion, fine-tuning

CVs, covering letters, portfolios and showreels.

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible,

and suddenly you are doing the impossible."


I Can Advise On

Graphic Design • UX/UI

• 3D & VFX

Motion Design • Illustration

• Storyboarding Post-Production

• Videography Brand & Identity • Photography

• Live Action & Direction

Promotions • Web Design

Animation • Games Design

• Packaging Design Editing

Sound Design • Pitch & Presentation

Creative Careers Adviser

My careers and employability practice is underpinned by a Post Graduate Certificate

in Careers Management.

I use effective person-centered careers guidance techniques, and my professional approach is grounded within recognised and well-considered frameworks.

I am a registered professional careers adviser

and member of the Careers Development Institute and abide by their code of ethics:

For more advice and guidance, click here to visit my blog

Education Lecturer

Recently I spent 5 years teaching full-time and providing industry-focused creative advice & guidance at Brunel University on their Digital Design Media Course.

In my role as Professional Practitioner I taught across the following key areas:

Employability in the Creative Industries, Digital Branding, Marketing & Self Promotion,

Pitch & Presentation, Motion Design, Creativity for Digital Design, Graphic Design.

For the previous 20 years I enjoyed engaging with education in schools and higher education delivering motivational and informative master classes, interactive workshops, one-to-one tutorials, mentoring,

CV and interview sessions.

I have supported, coached and mentored talented and aspiring designers finding their way into exciting creative-based careers.

Associations include the following universities, colleges and schools: Nottingham & Trent, Ravensbourne,

Buskerüde University Norway, Stockport University, Western College, Chelsea School of Art Design, Plymouth, Windsor Girls School, UCA Farnham, Central St Martins, Nottingham University, Esher College,

Ardingly College, Kingston University, LCC, Whitgift School, Rochester University,

Kendrick School, Cardiff University, De Montford University.

The future belongs to creative people with a very different kind of mind:

creators & empathisers.

These people… will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.

My Values

Realising your values helps clarify what matters to you and goals can become that much easier to achieve.

To understand what motivates and inspires me, I start with recognising what I value in my professional life.

Sharing my values may help you in deciding who you want to work with for your job & career needs:

Honesty & Openness

My practice is based on building trust which is a great starting and finishing point.

Creativity & Curiosity

Striving for creative and innovative support & advice, ideas and solutions

Empathy & Understanding

Ensuring I listen and learn from alternative experiences


Connecting with and delivering on individuals expectations through positive engagement


To understand, search and find what clients want to achieve

Have a think about what are your current values?

Tern Heads

Employability Platform

I am a board member and 1-1 careers coach for Tern Heads - a showcase & employability website delivering careers advice directly from those working in the creative industries.

Our aim, together with industry, is to empower emerging creatives - giving professional insight into what it’s really like to make a living from being a creative.

We help demystify and identify the expectations and disciplines in the multiple creative sectors and make it easier for employers to find fresh talent.

Why not visit our website and find out more about joining up :

Please contact me if you would like to have a chat about the careers coaching advice & guidance I offer.

My availability:

Between 9am - 6.30pm


Based in: West London, Windsor, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey area.

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