Careers by Design - Kitchener Waterloo Office
Career counselling, career coaching & life coaching conveniently located in central Kitchener Waterloo near the University of Waterloo campus. Serving clients across all areas of West GTA & Southwestern Ontario, including Mississauga, Milton, Cambridge, Guelph, London, Stratford & Hamilton.
Pat sees clients in-person from her comfortable and confidential home office in Waterloo, Ontario.
Pat also coaches many clients across Canada and internationally using Skype video conferencing or phone.
Book your session now using the link above.
275 Craigleith Avenue,
Pat is available weekdays, evenings & weekends.
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All coaching is by appointment only.
From Highway 401, take Highway 8 towards Kitchener Waterloo.
Take the Highway 7/8 West exit towards Stratford. Exit Fischer Hallman Rd and continue straight on.
Turn right on Beechlawn Dr, right again onto Faraday Ct and then left onto Craigleith Dr.
1 hr from Mississauga.
1 hr from Hamilton.
45 mins from Milton or Guelph.
30 mins from Cambridge.
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!
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!
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.
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.
"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
Are you in the Kitchener Waterloo area or thinking about a move? Read through this important area information we've gathered that might inspire you or give you some career ideas.
The Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie Economic Region, anchored mostly by the tri-cities of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, is a vibrant area of Ontario that has a variety of industries and areas of economic growth.
With a strong history in post-secondary education with prestigious institutions including University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Guelph, this region is also establishing a reputation for innovation from major high-tech industry leaders, while also remaining an important region for manufacturing, which accounts for approximately 20% of the region's employment.
With an expected population of over 820, 000 by 2018, it is becoming a key educational, cultural and economic hub of Canada.
Key Industries in the Region:
As mentioned, manufacturing is a large player in the jobs market, accounting for roughly 20% of jobs in the area.
Other key sectors include:
Due to the area’s variety of industries, it has rebounded well from the recession, despite big-name company layoffs (Research In Motion aka Blackberry).
The unemployment rate in the region varies--it was reported in 2015 as low as 3.7% in the Guelph region--and is on average 6.4%, much lower than the national unemployment rate.
The biggest job growth trends can be seen in the service sectors such as education, health, accommodation and food services industries, as well as in construction.
With the development of the Waterloo Rapid Transit, the investment in infrastructure will increase not only jobs in transit construction but also private sector and housing construction along developed routes.
The region has invested a great deal into start up businesses, and it's paid off: there has been substantial growth in high tech sector, which attracts people from a variety of industries, to not only design new tech, but to also manufacture their designs as well.
There are research commercialization hubs (such as the Accelerator Centre and Communitech Hub) that attract companies and talents from all over the world, which has led to over 1,000 technology firms existing in the area, including some of Canada's largest software, hardware, e-learning and satellite companies.
(Source: Waterloo Region Official Website)
There are many industry leaders such as Toyota, Rimowa, COM DEV, Christie Digital, OpenText, Desire2Learn, Google, Manulife, SunLife, Loblaws, Blackberry and Home Hardware within the region.
According to Canada’s Top 100 Employers, here is a list of the top employers in the area:
The Centre for International Governance Innovation
COM DEV International Ltd.
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
Economical Mutual Insurance Company
Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, The
Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc.
Gore Mutual Insurance Company
OCAS Application Services Inc.
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan / Regime d'assurance des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'Ontario (OTIP / RAEO)
Royal Canin Canada Company
St. Mary's General Hospital
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
The most in-demand jobs from a 2014 study by Canadian business include: professional services (that’s everything from an architect to a lawyer), agriculture/manufacturing, insurance, healthcare and telecommunications, media and technology. Check out the whole list here.