Career Counseling

I support you as you define and pursue the work you want to do.

What is career counseling?

Career counseling has evolved significantly over the years. Originally, it was akin to your high school guidance counselor trying to help you pick a college. “What are your hopes and dreams?” conversations boiled down very quickly into “where can you get in” conversations. This reductive approach was focused on placing you in a place you could get into as efficiently as possible.

Not fun. And certainly not what I do.

Today, career counseling at it’s best takes a long term approach. We look at your (many) skills and talents, and identify what you enjoy doing. We look at the kind of contribution you’d like to make to the world with the one life you have to live. 

It’s heady stuff.

We might take a look at the life you want to have in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and maybe even your 90s. We look at milestones that you’d like to hit in each decade, and we build your life around it.

Then we build your career around your life.

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As a career coach and life coach, I take a holistic, balanced coach approach with career counseling. Each practitioner has their own approach; this is mine. We design the life you want to live and a career that supports that life.

Career counselors, career advisors, and job transition specialists are not regulated by a standard or governing body. As I like to say, there are many ways up the mountain. So when you hire a professional, look for someone who has a process that resonates with you, and can point to a track record of effective client engagements. Career counseling is as much artistry as it is craftsmanship. A lot depends on the connection you have with your practitioner and whether he or she can help you create fresh possibilities.

After all, you want to find work, but you don’t want just any job. A job comes with benefits, and there may also be costs. I work with clients to create options (as I often say, “the only thing better than a job offer is multiple concurrent job offers”). We’re rarely linear. The career planning and counseling I do looks more like an adventurous obstacle course or a ninja warrior training facility, (ha - an opportunity course!) where you climb and grow and develop creative solutions to get from point to point.

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I can't say enough wonderful things about Allison! In our first session, she helped me troubleshoot a challenging work situation and visualize what a better opportunity might look like (which came to fruition not long after!). She is a great listener and I was impressed by how quickly she could dialogue about the specifics of my workplace and some of the challenges that were unique to me/my family and my work sector. She challenged me to think about what success looks like for me, and made specific suggestions for how to get there. Allison is clearly a champion for her clients and it feels great to have her in my corner!
Colleen Ijalana
Colleen Ijalana
13:41 29 Jun 21
Working with Allison is the best choice I've ever made for myself! When my Saturn return aligned with a global pandemic I was so lost and overwhelmed. I had a million things I wanted to do with my life and just no idea where to start, but Allison embraced my chaos and said welcome to adulthood babe, let's get you the tools to start figuring out your plan. She never judged or shamed me, but rather became a close confidant and dare I say friend. Often times our sessions were the highlight of my week! If you have the ability to invest in yourself with her program, no matter where you're at in your life, you will thank yourself later (and sooner) if you go for it. I couldn't recommend her more highly, anyone can benefit from her services!
Ceci Glidden
Ceci Glidden
14:02 03 Apr 21
I'm incredibly proud to share that Allison helped me achieve my DREAM job at my DREAM company!! I have been working with Allison for the past 6 months and her services are the best investment I've ever made. Allison's abilities to connect, understand and take action are second to none. Allison has solutions and techniques for everything. She provides so much care and attention which makes you feel as if you are her only client. Sessions are always productive and she ensures that you are feeling supported throughout the process. Thank you, Allison!!
Lauren Gerard
Lauren Gerard
16:12 01 Apr 21
Allison and I worked together over the course of 6 months and what an incredible journey it was together. When we began, I had no clear vision for what I wanted life to look like, just a definite certainty that I needed epic change. Allison is a master navigator in that quagmire. She gently pulls threads and follows them with you to tease out your passions, skills, dissatisfiers, and boundaries. I’d often leave sessions and reflect in awe at her ability to unpack all that I said and, more importantly, that which I didn’t. Her gift of unearthing insight, provoking thought, and inciting action is unparalleled. We covered an insane amount of territory in our time together and I’m on a clear, self-created(!) path forward to achieving that epic change I was seeking. Thank you, Allison! I’m looking forward to reconnecting from Peru!
Kati LaBeaume
Kati LaBeaume
22:47 09 Feb 21
In the short time I worked with Allison I got a new job WHILE exploring my own passions. I'm now happier in my career, actively coaching on my own, have a web site, and planned a yoga retreat.Allison gave me confidence and accountability when I needed it most. Each session was tailored to what I wanted support on. I was hesitant to spend the money, but I'm so glad I did. I appreciated that we could record our sessions so I could re-watch them (just so I didn't miss or forget anything!). Her support and guidance crashed down a huge wall I built up for myself.I truly feel transformed. Thank you, Allison!
Samantha Rhind
Samantha Rhind
23:34 13 Jan 21
My life transformed in the most wonderful way through coaching with Allison. She is an amazing person and talented coach. She knows how to listen deeply, connect and ask powerful questions that unlock awareness and open insight. She has a wealth of practical wisdom that inspires courage, agency and possibility. Our coaching engagement was deep, meaningful and impactful for me on so many levels. Working with Allison truly created a positive (r)evolution in my life. I highly recommend her coaching program. If you get the opportunity to work with her, take it!
Emily Peck
Emily Peck
19:44 06 Nov 20
Allison is a gifted, whip-smart, and wise career coach. Working with her was a terrific experience. She helped me transition from my previous career, putting me on a more fulfilling path forward. Her energy, enthusiasm, and optimism are infectious. I felt energized after every session with her. Now that we are in the midst of this great transition in terms of career-life, I’m grateful to have worked with Allison when I did. My time with her has helped me navigate the covid world with much more confidence and ease.
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
02:14 31 Aug 20
Working with Allison was just what I needed to shift focus for a new career! Although we started working in the middle of the pandemic, I knew working with her would help for years to come. She not only helped me through these uncertain times but prepared me to hit the ground running. Regardless if you’re just starting out or have been in an industry for years, she gets it!
Brianne Kennedy
Brianne Kennedy
16:49 24 Aug 20
I first contacted Allison because I was feeling lost in my job search and was hoping to find a new career path. After just a few months working with Allison I felt I had found a new career path and felt more confident as a professional in general, but also was finding improvements in other areas of my life that I didn’t expect. The thing I appreciated most is that she doesn’t tell you what you should do or what you should be, she just asks the right questions to help you find it in yourself and then helps come up with a plan for getting to where you want to be. She also is extreme positive and fun to talk to and I always left her office in a good mood. I highly recommend working with her.
Tim Higgins
Tim Higgins
23:05 23 Feb 20
Allison is the best! And that is a HUGE understatement. Unlike other Life/Career Coaches, Allison "gets it". She is extremely Relatable, not "Old-School", and very Realistic.When I first visited Allison, I was unhappy with my career, it's progression, and I knew that I wanted to do something different (something more in-line with ME) - but I didn't know what it was or how to find it.My fiance and I were also unhappy with where we were living, and had many ideas about moving away - but those were more like "dreams".Within a 3 month period, Allison, with her many skills/tools of: inspiration, open mindedness, being extremely well educated in the field of life/career coaching, support, connected-ness through communication, positivity, guidance, and what seems to be a vast knowledge of "everything coaching" ...The list goes on and on...Helped both of us create a plan to move to a new state, a place where we absolutely love!, and a plan to move forward with our careers which has been exciting and truly unbelievable. On my last session with her, she went down a list of items/life ideas which I brought to her attention on our 1st session, and within a 3 month period - I/we had accomplished everything on that list.I can't say thank you enough. And I can't recommend her services enough for anyone who is looking for a change/different perspective in their life/career.Thank you Allison!!!
Daniel Solomon
Daniel Solomon
17:00 28 Oct 19
I have been working with Allison for the last five months, and in that time, I have made changes in my life that I've been trying to make on my own for a decade. She is a sincere person who is deeply committed to helping you gain clarity and take concrete steps to achieve the life you want. I was in a state of so much confusion and all I knew was that I needed to change, but I didn't have a clear direction. She has a remarkable ability to distill our conversations into eye-opening insights and clear action steps. In working with her, I have been able to shift long-held patterns of thinking that were not serving me and, as a result, more fully inhabit my own life. Together we have been creating and refining my goals and I have been able to progress from the traction gained each week. I am incredibly grateful that I have the opportunity to work with her. The return on my investment is exponential.
Swapna Rao
Swapna Rao
13:27 19 Sep 19
Allison is incredibly sharp, diligent, and kind. Her attention and enthusiasm is especially beneficial to those who seek encouragement and guidance during large transitional periods. Allison understands exactly how to empower her clients, and provides them with practical tools to set and complete goals, making those uncomfortable transitions all the more beautiful.
EJ Barbato
EJ Barbato
21:40 22 Aug 19
I used to think there was nothing I could get from a career coach that I couldn't get from my existing network of mentors. Then I was given a copy of Allison's book. It opened my eyes to things about my professional self I hadn't acknowledged before and to a new way about thinking about my work, my career and myself. So, I signed up for an intro coaching session and hoped I was making a worthy investment of money I really didn't have to spend. In that first session, I learned a lot about the way I work, how I want to work and who I am. In subsequent sessions, I began to see opportunities for myself I had refused to open my eyes to in the past and the fears, societal and cultural expectations that I was allowing to limit my possibilities. With Allison's support, I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and into some of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I'm still finding my way, but my framework for thinking about my career and professional decision-making has changed. I am more confident in saying no to opportunities that aren't for me (and that I would have fretted over) and have a much better idea of what it is I want out of work and by extension life.
Meena Thiruvengadam
Meena Thiruvengadam
17:07 19 Aug 19
There truly is not enough space here to share all the wonderful things I experienced working with Allison. I am so appreciative she has chosen to apply her intelligence, positive energy, empathy and commitment to helping others through her coaching business. She has made a tremendous difference in my life for which I am so grateful.I had been suffering from 'analysis paralysis' for years, stuck obsessing over different opportunities available to me after working in network television as an investigative journalist. I had reached out to other professionals for help in sorting through all my ideas to get some traction in my life, but I realized they didn't seem to be able to relate to my thought process and I was only confusing them.I sensed I should reach out to Allison after I invited her to speak at a meetup group I organize locally. After my first personal session with her, it's as if the sun finally came out from behind the clouds in my mind. She helped me get all the jumbled up ideas in my head - out of my head so we could review each of them and decide which to prioritize now, later or toss out completely. She even guided me on how to test some of the ideas, with action vs going all in. And, I am using a terrific method to structure my day that she introduced to me.If you really want to create change in your life, work toward your best life, bring clarity to your life, I believe 100% Allison is the one to call. As her client I am expected to compensate her for her expertise and guidance, but I felt like she gave me far more than what I gave her.She fantastic!
maria afsharian
maria afsharian
05:29 29 Jul 19
I had just one session with Allison because I felt I needed a boost of motivation to get me going - both with my career and personal goals. After having my second baby, I was feeling stuck and frustrated and most importantly ready to make a change. In that one session Allison helped me come up with a plan and gave me the push that I needed.
Donna Dotan
Donna Dotan
17:42 24 Jul 19
Allison is a true star at what she does. She guided me through a career change with ease. She is a fresh perspective when things seem hopeless. The whole experience with her just amazing. She showed me that I was beyond capable to make the changes that I wanted to make in my life. With her support I was able to see the best in myself and make the necessary changes. She will not do the work for you but show you how to do it for yourself which is even more valuable. If you are considering working with her don’t hesitate for a second, you will not regret it!
Kristina J
Kristina J
21:08 22 Mar 19
I cannot recommend Allison enough. I find myself referring to our sessions & her book regularly. When you work with her, you have a true partner. I learned to verbalize my goals. I've gained clarity on my values and what is actually important to me, not just what I've told myself is important to me. My career has shifted. My creative life is flourishing. I've booked additional sessions. For as long as she's coaching, I'll be a client.
Nolan Denker
Nolan Denker
01:47 12 Feb 19
I had a terrific experience with Allison. When I started my 8-session package with her, I felt stuck professionally and full of self doubt. Undaunted, Allison Task was up for the task! Having finished the package with Allison a few weeks ago, I am astounded by her tenacity and willingness to hop right in and roll up her sleeves. She’s smart and laser focused! She kept me on message in terms of recognizing many entrenched and damaging mindsets. Doing this successfully is often the first step in making change happen. Allison has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, providing clients with a forum to articulate feelings. She is also great at framing key issues so they're seen in a whole new light. Allison’s presence, energy, and ability to cut right to what's important is rare. Her mission is to effectuate positive changes, and that’s just what she does. Also, she’s results driven. I am now taking positive steps forward. I have clear direction with my business, and am making money as a consultant. I would NEVER have made these changes without the insights I learned with Allison!
Michelle Glasser
Michelle Glasser
18:04 24 Jan 19
Allison is such a positive and special person to be around. She helped me see that I can achieve anything I put my mind to, in my career and personal life. She helped me plan goals and motivated me towards my achievement. I’m so greatful to her and I had a wonderful experience. She is truly professional and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to excel in life.
Chana Deena Benjamin
Chana Deena Benjamin
17:21 16 Jan 19
I went to see Allison this past week after reading her amazing reviews online. In our 75 minute intro season, She not only helped me figure out the best way to achieve my career goals, but also helped me identify parallels in my personal and professional life. It was an eye opening and invaluable experience. I feel more confident and secure in my decision making skills. She helped me see my value as an employee and showed me how I can achieve my goals in a reasonable time period. Her organizational skills are unmatched and she even emails you a recap of the session so you have something in writing to reflect on. I have already recommended her to my family and friends! Go see Allison - you won’t regret it!
Briana
Briana
17:14 17 Nov 18

What happens in career counseling?

In our partnership, we work together over a finite and defined period of time toward a specific goal. Sample client scenarios include: 

  • Help me determine if I want to stay or leave my job in the next six months.
  • Determine how to balance my dream job with parenthood. 
  • Return to work after being a stay at home dad for 9 years.
  • At 60, decide if I want to continue this line of work or do something different.
  • I’m 27 and I hate my job. Help me change it up; I no longer want to do the job I was  trained for.
  • I’m a public accountant. This sucks. I want out and I don’t know where to go next.

In every session, we clarify your insights about where you are with your career and life and where alternative options for where you might want to go. In every session you create action items for yourself that you’ll be taking between sessions. Your actions are punctuated by strategy sessions that we have together. Plus, since we’re working as a team on this, I’m always available via email to help you reconnect with your focus, celebrate small wins, review emails you want to send, etc. 

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Our pace is: insight, action action action, insight, action action action. The actions answer your questions and drive fresh insights. When you engage in career counseling with me, it’s a time of significant growth. Expect to spend five to ten hours between sessions taking action toward the future you want to have. 

You are the engine of change; I am your accountability partner. We plot your course, I help you zero in on your north star and you drive toward it with intentional action week by week.

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How effective is career counseling?

You get out what you put in.

If you’re not doing your homework between sessions, but you're pontificating about all the great things you’ll be doing some day...not much is going to happen. All talk, no action just creates a breeze. 

And you may have been creating this breeze for sometime -- you call it spinning your wheels -- and that’s exactly why you’re hiring me. You want a collaborator so that you can start moving forward, in fact you’re eager to put in the hours, you just don’t know what to do. In short order, I’ll have you conducting informational interviews with people you know (and people you want to know), researching (online and offline). Pretty soon, you’ll start to move this mountain. You’ll dissolve the barriers to your future that you created, and start designing options for your future that you didn’t realize were there.

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It’s as effective as you are committed to doing the work.

The good news is, I don’t like my career counseling clients to have a bad experience. So if this partnership isn’t working, I’ll bring it up pretty quickly, and you can choose to fish or cut bait. I want to work with clients who want significant impact and are willing to do the work to make it happen.

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What does a career counselor do?

As a career coach and career counselor, I have a couple of jobs: 

  1. Ask powerful questions that spur your thinking and help you to connect the dots in a new way.
  2. Identify the actions you need to take to move your objectives forward.
  3. Provide support and accountability so that you take action.
  4. Celebrate your wins, help you move past your losses.

As your career counselor, I serve as the scaffolding for this massive growth period you're engaging in. I ask powerful questions that foster fresh thinking and ultimately help you determine what direction you want your career (and life) to take. As you consider these questions you’ll have insights, and I help you boil down those insights into clear frameworks which lead to necessary actions. I help you identify the kinds of actions you want to take that ultimately lead to, well, I never know when we get started. I don’t know how your story ends and neither do you. We’re in this discovery process together, and just like you don’t know how the baseball or football game will end, we’re not sure where our process will lead, but you know you want to win. As long as you’re committed to making your best effort, you will.

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While you’re chipping away at this, I help you continue to return to YOUR values, YOUR integrity, and help you build the career that supports the life that you want to have. I work on behalf of the future you, guiding you toward this place that you want to be. We’re paving the road as we go. And ultimately, you end up in a pretty great space that perhaps we didn’t see at the start.

I help you clarify YOUR vision then support you as you give birth to this new life and new career. Kind of like a doula. I support you as you conceive and create the life and career you want to have, identifying the contribution you want to make in the world.

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How much does career counseling cost?

I’m one of the few career coaches / career counselors who posts her fees online. I’ve heard of coaches giving freebee intro sessions and then telling clients “if you have to ask, you can’t afford me” after delivering a mind-blowing intro session. Really, it happened to my husband once. 

I hate that.

I’m upfront about my fees; in fact, here they are. My fees are in the middle of what career coaches, career consultants, career advisors, executive coaches and career counselors charge. My colleagues charge anywhere from $50 per session to $1M per year. 

New clients always start with an introductory session that allows you to share your situation, create a framework for the opportunity, and allows us to sketch out a short term (2-6 month) coaching goal. At that point, you can choose to move forward with a career counseling or career coaching program, or not.

Some people find that that intro session is life changing and sufficient (really!) and some realize this is the thing they want / need and start a coaching program. My average career counseling / career coaching program lasts six months. That said, I’ve had clients that have seen me for two years and are still creating new goals to continue their personal development and achievement.

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Why career counseling is important

You don’t need a career counselor. You also don’t need regular doctor check up or dental visit; you could just wait to see the doctors when something terrible happens. But wouldn’t you like to avoid the big pains if possible, and be thoughtful and intentional about your career and life? 

I know I would. I am a career coach and I’ve seen a career coach. I will continue to seek coaching and counseling at important junctures in my career and professional development. It helps to have a sounding board, someone to help you structure your own thinking, develop and implement a strategy. Someone who can hear you, and more importantly, help you hear yourself.  

This isn’t therapy; we’re not talking week after week for years. We have a clear and specific end date to our program. By starting with the end in mind, you have a specific goal and focus for the duration of our work together. And if you want to check in here and there over the years, by all means do so. Consider me a lifelong resource. 

When you choose to work with a career coach, you’re being proactive and intentional. Let a career counselor amplify your voice and help you listen to it so that you can make a meaningful contribution with the life you have.

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What is the purpose of career counseling

I believe that there is a difference between working a job, developing a career, and answering a calling. In your life, I think there’s room for each at different times. You calling may be being a parent, or an active member of your church. Your job may be volunteering with the school PTA, and you may have a career as a teacher. Or feel free to scramble that, perhaps calling is teaching and your career is working at your church. 

There’s no one right way to do it. There’s what works for you, and please know that what works for you in your 20s will likely be very different from what works in your 50s. Work isn’t linear, life is rarely linear.

As a career counselor, I help you map a course then pivot as your life evolves. I help you think forward into your life, so that you can clarify your values and needs in this moment and anticipate your needs over time. We build tomorrow, with great affection and appreciation for what you accomplished yesterday.

As a career counselor, I help you generate momentum for the kind of life you want to have. I help you imagine it, build it and ultimately, live it.

 Want to give it a try? Sign up for an intro session. I look forward to hearing from you.

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