Welcome to Careers by Design
We're a team of heart-centred career counsellors & resume writers &
we're celebrating 16 years helping professionals like you get More Happy Mondays!
A Message of Hope
from Shirin Khamisa
Founder & Practice Leader
Careers by Design
"Having a career you feel good about is an important part of life. Sadly, it's a common challenge that many people seeking career counselling face. And, it can be hard to figure out your career goals while working full time or dealing with the challenge of unemployment.
For 16 years, our career services have helped thousands of people across Canada feel better and thrive in their careers.
Our career coaching gets results for all ages, career stages & all industries.
You deserve a career you feel good about and a happier life! Together, let's make it happen!"
Experts in Online Career Coaching
Using Zoom Video or Telephone
In these challenging times, why take any further risk?
Our career counsellors have been coaching clients virtually across US & Canada every day for more than 15 years!
From Vancouver & Victoria through Calgary & Edmonton
all the way to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and across the United States.
- Access career guidance from the convenience of your own home.
- Jeanet, Linda & Pat (pictured above, from top, with clients) are masterful coaches who specialize in online coaching delivery. Find out what our clients say.
- Perfect audiovisual quality, feels like you're in the same room, face to face.
Career Counselling Services for Individuals
Looking for career guidance? Our career counsellors are available to you in-person
or online via Zoom video conferencing.
Outplacement Services for Organizations
We provide fast and effective career transition solutions for your exiting or existing staff.
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Get to Know Our Career Coaches
We interviewed our coaches on video so you can get to know them and learn how they've helped 1000s move forward, faster.
Just click below to access each interview.
Get Started With A Turning Point Session
Accelerate your success with our 1 hour Turning Point career coaching session.
- One-on-one expert career counselling with your choice of one of our highly qualified career coaches.
- Get a personalized strategy for your unique situation. We work with all career stages and industries.
- Work remotely via Zoom conferencing - perfect audiovisual quality, feels like you're in the same room, face to face.
Join 1000s Enjoying More Happy Mondays at Work.
"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."
"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."
Urban Affairs & Policy Professional
"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."
Chief Operating Officer
"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."
Senior Communications Officer
"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."
Senior Product Manager
"Highly recommend!Linda was an exceptional coach through a difficult time. Being in a transitional phase of my life, I was unsure how to invigorate my job search. She was consistently engaged, patient and encouraging as we explored my skills and interests. She offered wonderful advice throughout the process and recommended some essential next steps.Together we built an incredible strength statement which I can draw from and a solid strategy for my resume/cover letters/interviews that will be invaluable in the coming months.I can't say enough good things about her kind and insightful approach. Thank you!"
"Before I signed up for Careers by Design, I was facing a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about my future. It was beginning to take a toll on my mental and physical health.Fortunately, I signed up for the 4 course program and was able to overcome these feelings.This is a great program for anyone who is going through a transition."
Head Editor & Writing Coach
"I genuinely enjoyed the process of working with Pat to clarify my goals and learn how to more effectively meet various challenges. We dug deep psychologically, much deeper than I had expected a career coach would go with me, and every step of the way I felt that Pat really got me. This was an exercise in bravery, compassion, and self-reflection in which I felt seen and supported.I recommend Pat as a career coach (or anything coach) without reservation!"
Information Entrepreneur and Coach
"I would highly recommend coaching with Careers by Design. They are a highly professional coaching team that sincerely cares about their clients’ success.Lee provided a well-structured approach to exploring my values, passions and skills. The HeartMath tools, a series of self-discovery exercises, and regular meetings (including Lee's thoughtful questions and accountability requests) helped me discover the career path that was right for me. And the steps necessary to get there.The coaching has also given me more confidence and resilience, after all, career success is a lifelong journey. Lee is an experienced and thoughtful career coach. I would recommend coaching with Lee without reservation."
Senior Consultant, CIBC
"When I engaged Careers by Design, I wasn’t sure what to expect but Pat immediately put me at ease. She understood where I was in my career and provided great insight into my options.I found the weekly exercises beneficial in helping me define my career goals and form techniques for personal development.By the end of the program I had regained my confidence. I felt better equipped to achieve greater satisfaction in my current work and chart a course for the future.I am so glad to have met and worked with Pat and recommend her and Careers by Design. Engaging them was one the best decisions I’ve made in my career."
Full Stack Software Developer
"Working with Pat Parisi at Careers by Design helped me to reflect on what is actually important to me, what my core values are, and what my dream job would be about.I never was that sociable, but somehow by the end of our sessions I started to connect to other professionals and (and that's something previously unthinkable) ask for their help and advice.I landed my new job just before our sessions were over, and it still surprises me how quickly it happened and how great my new role is.So yes, the whole experience was totally worth it and I would recommend it to other people who are not sure what to do with their career next."
Sales Systems & Operations Lead
"What prompted me to choose Careers by Design was their holistic approach to coaching and the mind & heart integration framework they offer, which for me is critical to achieving sustainable and fulfilling results.I have had the pleasure to work with Pat Parisi on a career transition and she was instrumental in helping me gain more clarity around my strengths and values, which allowed me to define the type of work I wanted to pursue going forward.I felt a great connection with Pat! Our conversations were all online, with me being based in Vancouver-BC and her in Waterloo-ON, which worked extremely with my irregular schedule. With her bright, warm, empathetic and calm demeanour she was able to guide me back to realignment with my purpose when I started to wobble in my decision, and this has made all the difference! Pat has been that illuminating, steady light that you need access to when going through a period of transition, and for that I am forever thankful!I have recently accepted a job offer in a new industry that I am extremely excited about and I am truly grateful for Pat's support along the way. I would definitely recommend Pat and Careers by Design to anyone looking for meaningful career coaching, despite your location!"
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