SUCCESS STORIES

For More Than 12 Years, We've Helped Canadians
Get More Happy Mondays Both At Work & At Home.

Don't Take Our Word For It - Let Our Clients Give You Inspiration For Your Change.

Gabrielle Barkany

Senior Communications
Officer

Ontario College of Teachers

Toronto, Ontario


"Thank you Careers by Design! I now feel refreshed and exhilarated when I think about the future."

"I love my work and felt the necessity to refocus myself and take time to reflect on my skills, weaknesses and achievements in my current role. I took the opportunity while I have a rewarding and pleasant job to completely redo my resume.

I had no hesitation hiring Careers by Design. I liked the fact that you were experienced, flexible, centrally located and had coaches that worked in the same industry as me.

Coaching helped me to ask questions about the industry I am in in terms of responsibilities I want to explore. It reaffirmed that I chose an industry where I can flourish and contribute in a variety of ways. Coaching helped me built a powerful and meaningful resume using the PAR method which takes time so I am glad I was in a position to work on it without the stress of being unemployed. I am very grateful for the advice I got from Lee and I am very proud of my new refreshed resume."

Coaching also gave me the opportunity to explore additional options to include in my life in terms of other interests I have that are not related to my current field.

Thank you Careers by Design! I now feel refreshed and exhilarated when I think about the future."

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."

"I have successfully owned, managed and operated my own business for nearly 19 years. Things began to change and my business was being negatively impacted in a slowly dying industry.

This shook my confidence and left me directionless. I knew I needed to make a change but I was feeling stuck.I had always been successful by being true to myself. I needed to do something different, something that was “me” but I didn’t know what that was.

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.

Learning more about myself helped me to leverage my skills and experiences and use them to start a new venture that is off to a strong start.

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.
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Mavis Fernandes

Organizational Change
Consultant
Victoria, BC


"It felt like finding a job was a monolithic task
before the coaching began."

"It felt like finding a job was a monolithic task before the coaching began.

I really appreciated starting the process by looking at what was important to me and using the exercise as an opportunity to achieve congruence between what is important to me and my working life. And also, having someone support these choices was very valuable.

Lee has a marvellous knack of connecting the dots and offering an alternative way of approaching the task. I liked the fact that Lee brought a fresh perspective to an issue and shared her insights about why something worked or didn't."

Andre Darmanin

Urban Affairs & Policy
Professional
Toronto, Ontario


"Coaching with Careers by Design helped me achieve the confidence and self-worth I always had but never was able to realize before.

"Before the Turning Point session, I was stressed, negative, not confident and didn't know where I was going in my career.

Coaching with Careers by Design helped me achieve the confidence and self-worth I always had but never was able to realize before.

I came out of this a stronger, more confident and relaxed individual than I was just several months ago.

Coaching is unbiased. It is where someone listens and guides you based on the problems or dilemmas you have. I have gone to friends and colleagues looking for answers and realized that wasn't the right way to do things. It was confusing and they guided you into a direction you weren't suited for or comfortable in. I am glad I went for coaching."

The HeartMath tools helped me immensely. Can I rate it as 100 (out of 10)! I will continue to use them throughout my career progression."

Manda Whitney

Accounting Professional
Toronto, Ontario


"I can't thank you enough for the service you provided. If anyone asks me about changing their career, I'll be sure to send them your way."

"Hello! I took some coaching from you about a year and a bit ago. I wanted to e-mail you to give you a very extremely belated thank you.

I am still bookkeeping but it will be for theatres and artists and I will be making up my own schedule. I will also be taking on the duty of building and running seminars on how to do excel, how to budget, etc., which is fantastic because it will help me build the skillset we discovered together. And fantastically, in the long run I will be making a higher salary.

I could not have done this without you and Careers by Design. Though it has been over a year, it was those six sessions that really helped me set my plans in motion. I got a better handle on my anxiety and drove myself to apply to jobs. I built up my interview experience and managed not to let the defeats get me down. I have also begun to network and put further long term plans in motion by getting more involved in the video game community.

This new day job is a small step, but an important one. I can't thank you enough for the service you provided. If anyone asks me about changing their career, I'll be sure to send them your way.

Thanks again!"

Amy Sullivan

Marketing Coordinator
Edmonton, Alberta


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

"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.

In the shorter term, Lee taught me powerful HeartMath stress management techniques that helped me feel better day to day.

I thought the HeartMath tools were incredibly effective - I would rate these tools as a 10 (out of 10)!

Once I had improved my mindset, I was able to focus on long-term career planning and strategy.

Lee 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."

Louise Jones Jankovic

Communications Consultant
Calgary, Alberta


"The coaching on my job search, including a new resume/CV has landed me more interviews that I expected."

Before working together, I had a lack of focus in my job search and my resume/CV and answers to interview questions were too detailed.

I had low confidence and high stress - would I ever get an interview, let alone a job?

The coaching sessions were perfect.

Lee has a sparkling personality that makes her easy to talk to.

Lee's coaching on my job search including resume/CV has landed me more interviews that I expected. The interview role playing and debriefs have improved my interview performance, while encouraging me to assess the suitability of the position for my own requirements.

The HeartMath tools and coaching helped me block out negative thinking and focus on positive tools - I rate them a 10/10!

The Skype technology facilitated the coaching - I did not hesitate in reaching out to Careers by Design for their coaching expertise."

Brittney Francis

Theatre Artist
Toronto, Ontario


"The coaching sessions brought a deeper level to my exploration and the various careers that are available to me. Now I feel that I have a plan and a series of tasks that will make my goals more manageable."

"Before coaching I was lost and I wasn't sure that I wanted to fit into the typical career of an artist.

I was completely overwhelmed by my career choices and extremely confused as to what type of job I was looking for and how it could possibly match the other values and goals that I have in my life. I was unaware about how to create a career that fits for me and the necessary steps that I need to do to get myself there.

The coaching sessions brought a deeper level to my exploration and the various careers that are available to me. Now I feel that I have a plan and a series of tasks that will make my goals more manageable. I really enjoyed looking at a career as something that incorporates the other values and aspects of your life. By doing this I feel that I am more confident and focused in my career goals.

Coaching with Lee has allowed me to better articulate my values, skills and goals and to discover what career would utilize these fully. The work we have done has allowed me to see that I am capable of not only creating the lifestyle that I want, but also the jobs that will enable me to achieve it."

Daniela Castillo

Student
Toronto, Ontario


"The HeartMath tools have helped me out tremendously."

"As an over-thinker and worrier, I always managed to stress myself out. Having the tools to identify the cause of my stress and the emotional importance I have placed on it has helped me to slowly rid myself of it.

Just going through the steps of Notice and Ease while getting ready for bed has vastly improved my sleep."

Judy Rheaume

Artist
Toronto, Ontario


"What I found unique was the human touch: your method was wonderfully organic, not mechanical like other Career Counseling systems.

"My strongest feeling prior to coaching was mainly of disorientation. I was looking for guidance on which direction to take my skill set.

I felt no hesitation in hiring you. I was eager for your insight and what I found unique was the human touch: your method was wonderfully organic, not mechanical like other Career Counseling systems.

Coaching has taught me to value myself more. This has helped my confidence level.

The HeartMath tools were astoundingly effective, and reached directly to the core of what I was trying to work through. It brought about a wave of emotion that I had been tamping down on thus I was able to clearly see my true issue."

Andree L.

Senior Management Professional
Toronto, Ontario


"Careers by Design has given me the courage to re-evaluate so many areas of my life.  I especially appreciate their approach to working on both personal and work issues.

It's amazing to have something exceed your expectations!

Somehow I had convinced myself that I was getting too old to change.

Careers by Design has given me the courage to re-evaluate so many areas of my life.I especially appreciate their approach to working on both personal and work issues.

When I decided to find a career coach, my objective was to get some career guidance. I never really expected the positive impact that our sessions would have on both my personal and career life.

I trust my coach - I feel very comfortable being myself during our sessions.  Feedback from my coach is very valuable - a lot of great in-session and take home information.I am so calm and present during the sessions and always feel refreshed and rejuvenated after them.  I am inspired by my coach and always leave the session filled with energy and hope.

It's amazing to have something exceed your expectations.

I am so thankful. You have such a balanced approach to coaching and it is a perfect fit for me.

Donna M.

Research Consultant
Toronto, Ontario


"The major change is that now I have a direction to follow."

Working with a career coach keeps me accountable and focused and it gets me back on track when events or my own procrastination derail me.

It is easier to make plans when I get feedback from someone I trust. It is also easier to change plans in mid-stride when I notice something that is not working.

I can always rely on my coach to put things into perspective and provide context for the decisions I have to make.



Jessica I.

Marketing Manager
Toronto, Ontario


"With coaching, I tested and reviewed my values as well as my strengths and weaknesses"

Before the coaching at Careers by Design, I felt there was a disconnect between the types of jobs I was interviewing for and what I really wanted to do.

I was looking for opportunities that closely matched my previous job.

With coaching, I tested and reviewed my values as well as my strengths and weaknesses.

I came to the convincing conclusion that I was looking for the wrong thing and Careers by Design helped me to realize and explore a new path that would satisfy my needs and values while utilizing my strengths and skills that I wanted to focus on in my next job.



Rob V.

Television Producer
Toronto, Ontario


"I appreciated the thoughtfulness put into More Happy Mondays coaching program, which focuses not only on career development but also on the emotional and deeper side of the equation, which in my opinion is what makes the work so effective."

Careers by Design offers an extremely well thought out and comprehensive career program that led directly to my recent success.

The coaching was compassionate, non-judgemental and highly skilled. They care deeply for their clients and their desire and passion for the work done shows through with their professional and positive attitude.

I appreciated the thoughtfulness put into More Happy Mondays coaching program, which focuses not only on career development but also on the emotional and deeper side of the equation, which in my opinion is what makes the work so effective.

The HeartMath tools I learned were easy to implement and allowed me to be much calmer and a lot less reactive during the normally stressful career transition period of time. I find them very valuable and I continue to use them every day to lower stress and anxiety.



L. Sharma

Manager, Non-Profit Organization
Toronto, Ontario


"My coaching experience was extremely valuable - it forced me to dig deep and to face the fact that I did indeed have the skills, experience and resources necessary to handle the adversity in my life and achieve key goals."

Andy B.

Financial Advisor
Toronto, Ontario


"Careers by Design had fantastic coaching and were very patient and supportive...
I started to see results early on during the process"

"I felt very comfortable talking to them about my concerns, fears and goals for my career.

Also, I started to see results early on during the process.

The discoveries that I made was encouraging and provided me with a sense that the process was working and motivation to continue forward."



Anne T.

Human Resources Executive
Toronto, Ontario


"With my coach, and working together on the self discovery process, it helped me to begin moving towards this life-long goal free of anxiety and self doubt."

"I read a book by Sir Ken Robinson about two years ago on how finding your passion changes everything.

The book really resonated with me to a point I made a commitment to move towards living life on my own terms, both in personal and professional.

I knew beforehand that writing was one of my passions that I wanted to pursue as a career.

With my coach, and working together on the self discovery process, it helped me to begin moving towards this life-long goal free of anxiety and self doubt.



Catherine T.

Project Manager
Toronto, Ontario


"I was feeling dissatisfied with my work and wanted to explore what other types of work might bring me more personal fulfillment. Lee helped me explore how I could transition from full time employment to part-time or a more flexible work schedule in the future.

After exploring my values and understanding more about what makes me the way I am, I feel that I'm in a stronger position to define what I'm looking for and to go find it."

Rebecca L.

Public Relations Professional
Toronto, Ontario


"The HeartMath is a great tool to keep with you at all times. Easy to use and only takes a few minutes of your time.

I wish I had known about this technique in my previous career as it would have given me the opportunity to tackle some challenging times a lot easier."

"I felt my coach was very easy to talk to which made the discussions very easy and not so clinical.

It was comfortable to open up about things that I didn't necessarily want to face, but needed to.

I was given ideas and feedback that I will always remember and continue to use in my day to day searches.

The HeartMath is a great tool to keep with you at all times. Easy to use and only takes a few minutes of your time.

I have passed on some of the info to friends and family in hopes that they will use it to make their lives less stressful and happier.

I wish I had known about this technique in my previous career as it would have given me the opportunity to tackle some challenging times a lot easier.

This is something that I hope to take with me and utilize in my future.



Lindsay M.

New Media Specialist
Toronto, Ontario


"Through working with Careers by Design I gained valuable perspective, focus and reassurance that I was on the right path. My coach helped me clarify my goals and gave me the resources I needed to ensure future success."

"After graduating, the concept of entering the workplace was a bit overwhelming. I wanted to make sure I was heading in the right direction to ensure lifelong learning, success and happiness.

I wanted to make sure that I had the right goals for me in mind and the right tools to achieve those goals. Through working with Careers by Design I gained valuable perspective, focus and reassurance that I was on the right path.

My coach helped me clarify my goals and gave me the resources I needed to ensure future success.I was surprised at how helpful the dedicated time of guided self-reflective thought was - something which Careers by Design's services provided.

It is easy to put off this type of consideration, and having a set time and guidance made all the difference in giving me a refreshed sense of career confidence.



Sarah R.

Accounting Professional
Toronto, Ontario


"When you feel stressed about something, it's not the issue itself that's bothering you or causing the stress. It's the emotional importance you assign to the issue.

I can manage the negative effect stress has on my body with increased awareness and the use of my new Heartmath tools.