Certified Career Services Provider
In my mid-twenties, I landed a job as a service representative for a temporary employment agency. For the next three years, I spent my days interviewing people, setting them up on jobs, speaking with employers, visiting businesses, and, without realizing it, developing a passion for career counseling. It was during this time that I “wrote” my first lesson: “The Three A’s of Applying for a Job.”
Supporting my as-yet-to-be-recognized career path was my membership in Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) organization. For several years, I facilitated a course offered through BPW entitled Individual Development Program (IDP), which provided participants with education and practice in topics such as networking, negotiation, job interviewing, public speaking, parliamentary procedure (how to run a meeting), and other career development topics.
Then I became a school counselor in 1999. I spent my first two years working with middle school students. I used my interest in career counseling to deliver a four-lesson career unit to students in grades 7 and 8, along with facilitating job shadow experiences for these students. Following this, I spent thirteen years working in a career and technical center with high school students who are already pursuing career interests. Nirvana! I was in my element! Then, I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a position as Career Outreach Counselor in a regular high school, where I had the good fortune to be able to develop and deliver a semester-long career planning course to students for eight semesters. Wow. Doing what I love. Can it get any better?
Yes it can! In 2018, I decided I wanted to do more of what I love. I wanted to spend the next chapter of my career story focusing full-time on helping others realize their career goals. You can look me up on LinkedIn if you want my full resume, but here’s what you really need to know about me—I have found my career path and now I want to help you find yours!
P.S. My credentials in a nutshell: I have a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Masters degree in School Counseling, I hold a VT AOE license with endorsements in both school counseling and vocational guidance, I am a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). I am a member of the National Career Development Association and presented a workshop at the annual NCDA conference in June 2018.