My preparation as a career counselor actually began with 18 years in communications, marketing and management supporting companies such as AT&T, Rayovac, the American Cancer Society, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
These years were filled with interesting projects and people. I learned a lot about how to identify and communicate a meaningful value proposition and lead teams. But over time and through life changes, I became increasingly dissatisfied. My career no longer fit my values or lifestyle.
Identifying my favorite skills, consistent interests, and temperamental, familial and financial needs was the first step of my transition. I thought about my ease finding jobs, the way I had always helped friends and family with their resumes and interviews, my interest in self growth and counseling, and my fascination with what kinds of people fit into the range of roles and industries I had witnessed in my career. I talked to people in meaningful careers related to my strengths and interests and created experiences that helped me reality test my options.
And you know where I landed! Career counseling is the endlessly fascinating intersection of psychology, marketing strategy and business acumen embedded in the dynamics of economic and social trends. Even though I certainly have my bad days, I can't imagine myself doing anything else since completing my master's degree and opening my practice in 2006.
Over the years, I have come to deeply appreciate the highly individualistic nature of this work. No two people's journeys of career transition are the same. While I implement the proven models of career and job change (with an emphasis on self-assessment, research. story telling, actionable goal setting and accountability) I'm also a highly adaptable and resourceful practitioner who adds to my tool chest continuously through ongoing professional development.
I'm also committed to being out in the workplace. In addition to individual career counseling and career and job search workshops, I also provide corporate outplacement and talent acquisition consulting that keep me in close touch with local employers.
But every person is larger than their job. I'm also a wife, mother, aunt, friend, volunteer, spiritual seeker, and enthusiastic hiker, baker, and biker.
And there's one other thing you should know about me. I believe that meaningful productivity (paid or unpaid) is redemptive – and that work is a basic human right. Consequently, I donate a regular portion of my practice income to local nonprofits such as Crossroads House, Goodwill and The Krempels Center that offer career development and job search support to community members who lack the resources to pay for private career counseling.