Expert Career Counselling and Career Coaching

Feeling stuck in your career? We help you get 'More Happy Mondays'.
Serving Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo, Vancouver and all cities across Canada.

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  • Resume, interview & job search support.
  • All coaching 1 on 1 (in-person or Skype/phone)
  • Feel confident, relieved & excited.
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    in Canada, as voted by Google users

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A Message of Hope from our Founder, Shirin Khamisa -
"Having a career
you feel good about is an important part of life...

It's a common challenge that people seeking career counselling face.
And, it can be hard to figure out how to make it happen while working full time or dealing with the challenge of unemployment.

Still, you persevere and continue trying to solve your career challenge.
It’s no surprise if you are tired and lack the energy and motivation to change things. 

If it's gotten really bad, you may also be experiencing: burn-out, stress related health issues, worry, uncertainty about the future, overwhelm, or sadness.

For 12 years, we've helped hundreds of people across Canada feel better and thrive in their careers. We get results for all ages, career stages & all industries.

You want a career you feel good about and a happier life --
let's make it happen!"

Canada's Expert Career Coaching Team

Shirin Khamisa Founder Practice Leader of Careers by Design

Make This Your Best Year Yet!
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It's time for your Turning Point - a one hour face-to-face coaching session focused on creating a strategy to address your career concerns.

Give us just one hour & we'll help you get started on the path to career happiness.

Online Coaching with Career Expert, Pat Parisi, M.Ed.

Access coaching anywhere at your convenience!

We've coached clients across Canada from Vancouver & Victoria through Calgary & Edmonton all the way to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Pat is a masterful coach who specializes in online coaching delivery (via phone or Skype) and also sees clients in person at our offices in Mississauga & Kitchener Waterloo.

In person locations in the Greater Toronto Area:

100% 5 out 5 star reviews for Pat on Google!
7+ years career counselling experience.

Careers by Design
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Jen Shin
Jen Shin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

Pat Parisi was instrumental in helping me to uncover what my ultimate career aspirations were and so much more. Through methodical, rigorous coaching and a holistic approach, she helped me to re-define and clarify my personal definition of “dream career,” and ultimately, to live it.
With her years of experience and intuitive savvy, she was an integral part of shifting my linear outlook of what success looked like. She has given me the life-long gift of better decision-making skills, confidence to pursue what I’m passionate about, and the strategic tools to make it all happen.
Her methodology goes to the core of each individual, and extends beyond career counselling. I’m eternally grateful for the fundamental changes, and have applied so much of this to the rest of my life. Thank you Pat, for your wisdom, patience and authenticity. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I wanted to make a career change. I've already had many years of experience and didn't want to start at the bottom again. A friend recommended Careers by Design to me.
Coaching helped me to see how my skills could be used in a job that was much better suited to me in the same field. It made me realize that I had many more options than I thought. To enjoy work again, I didn't have to make a big change like I thought I would.
Using this service was a great experience for me. It made me feel more positive and much better about what I had to offer.

My coach was part career expert, part mentor, part counselor and ended up being a caring friend.

Caitlin Muirhead
Caitlin Muirhead

5 out of 5 stars

posted 11 months ago

I would highly reccomend Pat as a career counsellor. In just 4 sessions she helped me take a step back to discover my interests and work values and then take a step forward to help me better navigate networking and interviewing opportunities. She gave some extremely valuable suggestions and tips that were very beneficial in landing my first job! While her career expertise is definately her big strength, her very caring, calm and reflective personality is perfectly matched with her strong critical thinking, problem solving, and motivational skills and this should be definately noted as well. Discovering your passion and finding a job is stressful these days and she helped me every step of the way!

Paul Hornak
Paul Hornak

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I have known Pat Parisi since 2003. Pat has been a great mentor to me. I very much enjoy working with her. Pat has helped me to advance my career and also helped me with my personal relationships. I find her extremely knowledgeable, professional, attentive, kind and a great listener.
I would highly recommend her services.

Laura Nashman
Laura Nashman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

"I would definitely recommend Pat, as she delves into the deep parts of her clients, and honours both the emotional as well as the practical aspects, which I found to be very valuable. Her compassion, emotional intelligence and therapeutic/coaching mastery are a winning combination! They provided me with the tools and techniques to move my life in a new and productive direction." Laura Nashman

Careers by Design
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Bianca Guarnaccia
Bianca Guarnaccia

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was nervous when I booked my first appointment because I wasn't sure what to expect. After the initial meeting I couldn't wait to start. Careers by Design has given me the confidence I needed to get my career back on track. I couldn't have done it without Pat! Thank you 🙂

Tracey Popple
Tracey Popple

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Pat was an amazing coach! She played an integral role in supporting my career journey. I would highly recommend Pat!

Karim Ismail
Karim Ismail

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

I had the opportunity to receive coaching regarding my career direction. It made me realize where I could truly excel. Once I made the shift based on the plan I developed with my coach, I've never looked back. I would very highly recommend their career coaching services!

Natalie Saint-Cyr
Natalie Saint-Cyr

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

As someone looking for a career change after being in one industry my entire life, I found Pat's guidance and support to be so helpful. Working with Pat has helped me focus on what to look for in a career that suits me. She has helped me find new opportunities in places I wouldn't have thought of. She's guided me and provided lots of advice for moving in different directions. I would highly recommend working with Pat for any career advancing needs! She is wonderful to work with and has helped me immensely in my career journey.

Andrew Erickson
Andrew Erickson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

Working with Careers by Design was great. I really needed to do something different to break out of my career rut. At first, I wasn't sure how coaching could help but I decided to give it a try because a friend recommended it to me to figure out my next move and build the skills to get promoted - I'm so glad I did! I highly recommend this service if you want to get ahead.

Get Inspired. 100s of Success Stories.

Rob Arnott's Testimonial for Career coaching at Careers by Design

Rob Arnott


Chief Operating Officer
Paro Strategic Marketing
Toronto, Ontario

Rob Arnott is COO of Paro Strategic Marketing

"I highly recommend Careers by Design to anyone who wants to start feeling better now and have a career that really fits who they are."

"Participating in the More Happy Mondays career coaching program at Careers by Design gave me the tools to feel more positive and handle this stressful situation better.

All this boosted my confidence so I could take the next steps to get out of a difficult situation. My coach helped me to explore my options and I decided on a new direction with confidence.

I highly recommend Careers by Design to anyone who wants to start feeling better now and have a career that really fits who they are.

Amy Sullivan's Testimonial for Career Guidance and Advice from Careers by Design

Amy Sullivan

Marketing Coordinator
Edmonton, Alberta

"Coaching provided an invaluable third party soundboard, detached from my family and workmates, to truly help me evaluate my situation."

"I have worked with Careers by Design over the past 4 months, as I was in a career rut and questioning my choice of being a creative professional.

Coaching provided an invaluable third party soundboard, detached from my family and workmates, to truly help me evaluate my situation and the viability of staying put.

All told - it was by no means an easy journey - I had to take an honest look at myself, and evaluate what I was able to personally change. In the end, I got a $10,000 raise and a promotion!

I would highly recommend Careers by Design to any professional looking to advance to the next level in their development."

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