Expert Career Counselling and Career Coaching

Feeling stuck in your career? We help you get 'More Happy Mondays'.

  • Find a career that fits.  
  • Resume, interview & job search support.
  • All coaching 1 on 1 (in-person or Skype/phone)
  • Feel confident, relieved & excited.
  • All services 100% customized for you.
  • Highest rated career services company
    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 11 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!"

Shirin & The Careers By Design Team

Shirin Khamisa - Career Counselling Founder & Practice Leader

How We Help You - Our Services

Want to Get Started with Career Counselling? 

It's time for your Turning Point - a one hour face-to-face coaching session focused on solving your career concerns.  

Give us just one hour & we'll show you the key to a happy and exciting career!

Our In-person Locations:

Serving: Downtown Toronto, North York, East York, Scarborough, Markham, Unionville, Pickering

Serving: Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Hamilton, Milton, Burlington

Serving: Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, Stratford, London, Chatham

Virtual Online Coaching via Phone or Skype:

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

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."

Thank you, Canada, for voting Careers by Design
the highest-rated career services company on Google!

5/5 Star Rave Reviews for Lee Weisser M.Ed.
8+ yrs Career Counselling Experience

Careers By Design
Reviewed from Google

4.6 out of 5 stars

Nicole Wray
Nicole Wray

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I'm a freelance writer for Workopolis. Careers By Design has kindly and promptly contributed excellent career and networking advice for pieces I have written over the years. She's the first person I think of when I need expert career advice. Thanks Shirin and team!

Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee

5 out of 5 stars

posted 10 months ago

I went for coaching when I was thinking about going back to school. Doing an MBA is a big investment and I wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision. My coach helped me to feel confident about my decision and write a strong application. She helped me to describe my technical experience in easy to understand language. I got into the program of my choice at the top business school in Canada and also received a scholarship.
After graduating, I went back for coaching and did the job search program. I wanted a job where I could use my skills and get paid well. It saved me a lot of time and effort- I didn’t have to figure it all out myself. Coaching is an investment that I decided to make in my career. I've been very satisfied with this service and felt that they really cared about my success.

Audra T
Audra T

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

I recently completed a Master's to complement my skills and work experience. Before I started the coaching sessions, I was having difficulty integrating my old skills with my new skills. This made it difficult to prepare a cohesive statement on what I had to offer, and as such what I should include on a CV. My coach, Lee, helped me put together a narrative that explains who I am as a person and a professional, and why people should be confident in what I have to offer. Being able to attend my coaching sessions by Skype was an extra bonus.

5/5 Star Rave Reviews for Pat Parisi M.Ed.
6+ yrs Career Counselling Experience

Careers by Design
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

Caitlin Muirhead
Caitlin Muirhead

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks 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!

Jen Shin
Jen Shin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months 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 10 months 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.

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