Career Mentor / Recruitment Expert

About Me

About Padma

Thanks for visiting and so nice to meet you!

I’m Padma and I help women design career success on their terms.  With 20+ years of experience within both the recruitment and coaching industry, I’m on a mission to help more women design careers AND lives that they love.

With the experience gained over the years, I enable women like YOU to gain both clarity and confidence, realise your self-worth and STOP settling.  Having a job that truly fulfils you, will change your life.

I truly believe that women can BE, DO and HAVE anything that they really want. Life is too short to settle.

Things I love:
– my two girls, family & friends
– Walking in nature
– All things spiritual
– Continuously learning

– Any form of pastry and tapas food
– Music

When we live our lives aligned to our purpose, an energy is created that’s infectious and has an incredible impact on both ourselves, as well as those around us. This is called passion and is something that I truly believe every single one of us deserves to feel and have.

Andrea Bruce

Padma coached me through deciding between multiple job offers and has guided me towards accepting a fantastic job.

She was authentic and ‘human’ from the start, making me feel at ease straightaway.
She exhausts all avenues to find the best solution without making you feel pressured or rushed. Padma is also an excellent advocate and negotiator.

I’d have no hesitation in being coached by her again.

Andrea Bruce, FRSA

Associate Director,, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Kirsten Wicks

Padma is fantastic to work with. With my background in marketing and social media, she found me an ideal role to suit my skill set, personality and so much more!

She conducts herself with such professionalism but she’s also someone you can talk to so openly and honestly with.

Her knowledge and range of expertise specifically within the social media industry was invaluable and something I’m hugely grateful for!

Kirsten Wicks

Digital Marketing and Sales Manager, Mayteck

Anne Laflin

I have worked with Padma for a number of years now and have always found her to be very engaged and responsive to the recruitment needs of the firm.

She is very quick to react to new projects but at the same time ensures she does not compromise on sourcing relevant candidates.

As a recruiter she has provided great assistance and I would not hesitate in recommending her to others in need of recruitment support.

Anne Laflin, Chartered MCIPD

Administrator and Finance Manager, Wentworth Estate Agents

‘Career success by design’

The story in short…


Sick and burnt out from the corporate world and the lack of flexibility, I got BRAVE and started my own recruitment business – Mabella Recruitment.


Career coaching champion for the National women’s charity Smart Works in Reading – a charity that empowers women back into work through the power of career and interview coaching.


Started to run workshops and courses empowering women to find work aligned to their values and employers to find people aligned to theirs.


The global pandemic meant up-skilling and discovering the world of online learning. Suddenly I knew how to help more women – online group coaching and the second busines arm Career Success by Design was born.


Late spring to summer I embarked on my first online group programme through the incredible Techpixies, where I learnt all about Social Media and further invested in myself in programmes about online learning.


In a quest to raise funds for Smart Works Reading, I hosted job hunting / career coaching webinars to help. I got clearer on what I wanted to achieve and built my first online course. The 3D Method was born. The BETA programme in September successfully helped a group of women transition careers or successfully return to work.


Successfully offering workshops, webinars and 121 coaching to more and more women.


Time to scale and help more women design career success on their terms.

Let's work together!

Allow me the privilege of empowering you to  pave the path to finding work that you LOVE and is aligned to your purpose!

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