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.
  • Feel confident, relieved & excited.
  • All services 100% customized for you.

Trusted career advisors to:

A Message of Hope - "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 - Click For Our Services

Want to Get Started with Career Counselling?

It's time for your Turning Point.

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

In person locations in Toronto & Kitchener - Waterloo.

Also available online via Video Skype, anywhere you are!

Get Inspired. Read Our Success Stories.

Rob Arnott

Chief Operating Officer
Paro Strategic Marketing
Toronto, Ontario

"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

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."

Our Mission: More Happy Mondays for Everyone!

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

Careers By Design
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

Audra T
Audra T

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 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.

Elizabeth Pazzelli Johnson
Elizabeth Pazzelli Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I worked with Lee over the course of several months when going through a career change. I enjoyed her insight and found the Skills & Values assessment to be very insightful. I learned about aspects of a career that was of high value to me and Lee and I worked together to 'match up' these values and my skill set to my next career. I would highly recommend anyone looking for some guidance in their careers to call Lee!

Priyanayaki Ma Ananda
Priyanayaki Ma Ananda

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I have had the pleasure of working with Careers by Design on many occasions. The coaching meetings are inspiring, helpful and effective! I felt comfortable with my coach. She guided me to go beyond my initial ideas and to figure out what I really want in my career. Their approach involves listening to what people need and guiding them in creating the careers they want. They get to the heart of the matter and provide top-notch, reliable coaching!

I believe they are the best in the business. You can see a coach in person or attend Skype coaching from anywhere in the world. To save travel time, I did coaching by Skype which worked really well for me. It’s perfect if you're like me and have lots of things going on in the day. Looking back, I really felt it was a great experience. I walked away with a lot more clarity and a solid skill set for success that was just right for me. All in all, getting coached at Careers by Design made a great difference in my life!

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

Here There
Here There

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Working with Pat has been life changing. She is deeply perceptive and will use a variety of tools from her expansive experience to encourage self-understanding, confidence, and action. My life took several positive directions after consistently working with her, and I will carry the practices she provided me with for a very longtime to come. I highly recommend Careers by Design if you are searching for a grounded, safe, and proactive space to begin personal and professional exploration and change.

Annike Andre-Barrett
Annike Andre-Barrett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Unlike the distinctions/dynamics of power/knowledge that can sometimes be found and reinforced in 'service provider' and 'client' type relationships, I never once felt as if Pat was the 'teacher' and I the learner; instead, working with Pat was a partnership of equals, where our vision and commitment to my established goals were mutually strengthening and reciprocal. She empowered me not as much via 'teaching' something new or offering advice, but moreso by facilitating my own (re)discovery of my pre-existing strengths and gifts, and shedding light on the barriers preventing them from being accessed. Pat's total and authentic immersion in being fully present is refreshing (and rare) in a world where people are increasingly prone to impatience, rush and distraction. Her curious, empathetic and active approach to listening, enabled her to "get" me in a surprisingly short time, and her pro-active style of feedback (in and outside of appointments, via email follow-ups) helped keep me on track and fuel my progress via shared accountability in the achievement of my goals. I still look back on our emails and my notes from our conversations for a reminder of the what we sometimes take for granted if not forget (the bright and unique qualities about ourselves) for positive reinforcement, and, it still works ^_^

Jen Shin
Jen Shin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month 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!

11 Years Of Trusted Career Advice -
Featured in National Media Across Canada.

What’s behind the imposter syndrome?
Do you attribute your success to others rather than yourself?
Should I quit my job?
What's the cost of staying put? What's the cost to you emotionally, physically, and in terms of lost opportunities where you're not able to express your potential and make the most of your talents?
Rookies could use a little coaching, too
Used to structure, feeling more pressured than their parents, twentysomethings are hiring coaches to help navigate the waters of early working life.

Want More Happy Mondays?
Get advice & inspiration from our career coaches right here.
Do Your Job Search Skills Measure Up? – Q&A with Shirin Khamisa
Want to feel less overwhelmed and more confident in your job search? I sat down with Careers By Design Practice Leader, Shirin Khamisa, to learn some of the best strategies to stay recharged on your way to More Happy Mondays!
3 Steps to Leap Ahead In Your Career
Working towards an important goal like advancing your career or doing work that makes you smile comes with wins and setbacks. Whether you are leaping ahead or feeling a little stuck, here's a practical strategy to support and inspire you.
A Simple Practice Of Love That Can SAVE Your Career
The practice that I am about to share with you is a fitting one for Valentine’s day. Not only have I seen it save careers but it also rescued my relationship with my partner when we were going through a tough time.

Work With Us

If you're passionate about careers and helping others get
their More Happy Mondays - then join our team!
We're growing across Canada and would love
to see your skills and experience shine with us.

Spring Special - Our Turning Point Session is on sale for only $97 Find Out More