Ottawa Career Counselling & Career Coaching Service

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google across Canada & US

Love Your Work.
Love Your Life.
Advance Your Career Now.

We offer 1-on-1 career coaching to help you
find your career fit & land the right job.

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Career Counselling That Moves You Forward

Find The Right Career & Enjoy Your Work


Wondering what career is right for you & how to make it happen? 

Get personalized 1 on 1 career advising and career coaching.
Move forward, faster.

Land The Right Job


Struggling with your job search? 

1 on 1 job search coaching helps you every step of the way.
 

Interview Coaching & Resume Writing


Gain confidence & ace your interview with 1 on 1 interview coaching.

Our Ottawa Resume Writers will work with you to create an impactful interview-winning resume, cover letter & LinkedIn profile.

Ottawa - we are your leaders in 1-on-1 career advising, career path planning, outplacement services, resume writing & interview coaching.

We're here to help - we serve all industries & career stages: from starting out to mid-career, seasoned professionals & leaders.

Or call us 613-454-5297

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

Andre Darmanin Urban Affairs & Policy Professional

"This service was a great help...and I landed a great new job within 4 weeks."

Heather Nicholas Clinical Risk & Quality Director

Easy, Convenient Support That Fits Your Busy Schedule

Book a free chat and get started on your career transformation today!

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Let us answer your questions and show you how we can get you results!

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Experience The Impact of Coaching

Meet with your coach on Zoom for your first session and bring your goals and challenges. She will listen closely and work with you to create a step by step strategy. 

Continue working with us in one of our coaching programs & have an experienced coach guide you every step of the way. 

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Start Loving Your Work & Enjoying Your Life

Our innovative Connect Head & Heart solution gets you there faster.

What We Do & Why It Works

For over 18 years we've helped professionals in the Greater Capital Region to achieve success.

Do you want to?

  • Achieve your career goals faster?
  • Feel better & be more confident?

We use evidence-based strategies that work in the real world by helping you Connect Head & Heart.

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

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Expert Career Counselling & Coaching - In Person

Meet Our Life-Changing Career Counsellors

Highly experienced & qualified career coaches that excel at helping you become the best version of yourself!

Jeanet Lamoca Career Coach

Jeanet Lamoca B.A. PCC

Career & Life Coach

Jeanet is an intuitive systems thinker and master coach.  She has helped hundreds of professionals for over 20 years to overcome challenges and reach their career and life goals.

Pat Parisi Career Coach

Pat Parisi M.Ed.

CAREER & LIFE COACH

Pat is a proactive, resourceful & creative Career Coach for more than 20 years. She will help you achieve clarity & success with your career goals while remaining completely aligned with your own personal values and aspirations.

Linda Career Counsellor

Linda Faucheux M.A. LPC

CAREER & LIFE COACH

A career coach for more than 20 years, Linda focuses on your strengths, helps you clarify and develop your unique genius and helps you cultivate greater resilience when facing uncertainty and change as you move toward more meaningful work in the world.

A Career Guidance Service That's Practical & Effective

Join 1000s who have unlocked their potential with our career support – boosting confidence, motivation, and creating a clear path towards success.


Get matched with a coach who fits your needs

Our career counselling and coaching service will match you with a coach who has the expertise and experience to help you reach your full potential.

Let us help you take the next step towards your dream career.

1 on 1 support to get you to your dream job

We get it.  Job searching can be disheartening and downright tough.  You don't need to do this alone.

Let our expert coaches guide you through the job search process and give you the tools you need to succeed. 

Connect head & heart and tap into your strengths

We strongly believe that true career satisfaction comes from connecting your head and heart.

Our expert coaches will work with you to uncover your unique strengths and passions, and help you align them with your career goals.

With our guidance, you can tap into your full potential and achieve success on your own terms. 

Changing Lives - One Career At A Time

Don't just take our word for it – hear from our satisfied clients who have found career success through our counselling and coaching services. With over 18 years of experience and 300+ 5-star Google reviews, you can trust us to help you achieve your career goals and transform your life.

"My experience with Careers by Design was fantastic. Jeanet made me feel comfortable and really cared about me. She really listened to me.

Through the coaching program I gained more confidence in myself and my interview skills. I would definitely recommend Jeanet as a coach."

Carolina Rojas CPHR
Solutions Designer, Deloitte SAP

"I'm very satisfied with the work that Pat and I have done together over the past year.

I've made great strides and I've come a long way. I've found a foothold in the learning field and Pat helped me tremendously with the transition. That's really all I could ask for!"

Steve Birek B.A.
Director of Learning Content, Rumie

"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."

Mavis Fernandes M.A.
Trainer & Coach, Mavis Fernandes Assoc.

"Working with Careers by Design was a great experience. Their processes were explained thoroughly and I felt fully informed before I committed to a coaching program.

Their emphasis on a personalized and holistic approach with each client confirmed that this was the right place for me.

Pat’s calm, caring, and gentle probing during our sessions together gave me new ideas, a deeper awareness of who I am, and confidence in my choices. Thank you Pat, and Careers by Design for helping me move into the next phase of my career."

Melissa Price-Mitchell
Graphic Designer

"Linda was a great Career Coach and gave me the tools I needed to help me find a career path aligned with my qualifications and interests.

I had felt stuck for a few years in my career search and the coaching sessions highlighted my interests, helped with my resume, networking techniques and more guiding me to achieve a new position that I am excited to pursue!

You will have to put in the effort but Linda will give you the tools and guidance to be successful. Thanks Linda!"

Troy Cruz B.A.
Manager, Under the Sun Pub & Brewery

"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."

Rob Arnott
Chief Operating Officer, Paro Marketing

Quick Cheat-Sheet to Career Counselling

At Careers by Design, we believe that every individual has unique talents, interests, and aspirations that can be leveraged to achieve success and fulfillment in their chosen career. Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to make a change, we are here to help you explore your options and guide you towards your goals.

Our approach to career counselling is based on the latest research and theories in the field. We use a combination of assessments, coaching techniques, and counselling strategies to help individuals identify their strengths and weaknesses, explore career options, and develop a plan to achieve their goals.

Keep reading to learn more about key concepts and ideas in the area of career counselling.

Career Development

Career development is a continuous process that involves acquiring and improving the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to achieve personal and professional goals. This process includes career planning, which involves setting short-term and long-term career goals and identifying a career path that aligns with one’s interests and strengths.

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Career Coaching

Career coaching is a process of working with a coach to identify and achieve career-related goals. It is based on principles of coaching psychology, which emphasizes the importance of empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own personal and professional development.

Positive psychology is an essential component of career coaching, as it emphasizes the importance of building on individuals’ strengths and positive attributes, rather than focusing solely on their weaknesses or limitations. Person-centered therapy is also an important approach to career coaching, as it emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, non-judgmental space in which individuals can explore their thoughts and feelings related to their career goals.

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Career Assessment

Career assessment is a critical component of career development, as it enables individuals to identify their strengths, interests, and values, and explore potential career paths that align with those characteristics. There are several types of career assessments available, each with its own unique approach and focus.

One commonly used career assessment is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which assesses individuals’ personality types based on four dichotomies: extraversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judging vs. perceiving. Another popular assessment is True Colors, which categorizes individuals into four color-coded personality types based on their preferences for communication and problem-solving styles.

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Employment Counselling

Employment counseling is a critical aspect of career development, as it focuses specifically on helping individuals identify and pursue job opportunities that align with their skills, interests, and values. This can include providing support and guidance in areas such as resume writing, job searching, interview preparation, and negotiating job offers.

At Careers by Design, we offer comprehensive employment counseling services to help individuals navigate the complex job market and find meaningful work. Our employment counselors are trained to provide guidance and support in a range of areas, including job searching strategies, networking techniques, and developing effective resumes and cover letters.

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Where Does Careers by Design Operate?

No matter where you reside in North America or internationally, we can help you!  We offer a completely unique way of solving career challenges that no other company we're aware of does!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please also view our much more comprehensive FAQ on counselling.

What can I expect from career counselling and coaching?

Career counselling with us can help you gain clarity and confidence in your career journey. We'll provide you with personalized support, career path planning and career guidance to explore your career options, and create an action plan to reach your goals. Our coaches also specialize in resiliency building and stress management.

What's your approach?

We offer a holistic, heart-based approach to career counselling. It's unique in the marketplace so you won't find this approach anywhere else.  We'll provide you with the tools to identify your skills, interests, and values to help you find the right career path for you.

How long will the career counselling process take?

We’ll customize a plan that works for you. Generally, for a career change or transition, the career counselling and coaching process takes between 7-12 sessions .  If you're looking for job search coaching and you already know what target position you're aiming for, then 4-7 sessions is a good estimate.

What makes Careers by Design different?

We have over 18 years of experience in the field and have earned over 300 5-star reviews across the US and Canada. Our holistic and heart-based approach ensures that each client is treated with respect and given the personalized attention they need to reach their career goals.  Unlike a solo practitioner we have 1000s of cases to draw upon and the collective wisdom of our coaching team that you can leverage.

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Ottawa Location Information

Address: 255 Albert St #705, Ottawa, ON K1P 6A9
Please note that all consultations are currently offered by phone and Zoom only.

We provide career counselling services in Ottawa and the surrounding areas in the Capital region. Our service areas include:

Ottawa: Centretown, The Glebe, Hintonburg, Westboro, Sandy Hill, Old Ottawa South
Nepean: Barrhaven, Centrepointe, Bells Corners, Craig Henry
Kanata: Katimavik-Hazeldean, Glen Cairn, Beaverbrook, Bridlewood
Orleans: Fallingbrook, Chapel Hill, Avalon, Convent Glen

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Ottawa - Area Information

Are you in the Ottawa area and considering career counselling or career coaching? Or are you thinking about a move? 

Read through this important area information we've gathered that might inspire you or give you some career ideas.

Ottawa Overview 

As Canada's capital city, Ottawa is a member of the G8 group of cities.  It is the second largest city in Ontario (by population) and is the fourth largest city in Canada with a population of 1.33 million people. Ottawa is geographically spread out, and is actually larger than Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. 

The Ottawa Economic Region spans Leeds and Grenville, Lanark, Prescott and Russell, Dundas and Glengarry counties and is anchored by the Ottawa Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). The economy is largely based on the federal government as well as the high technology industry within metro Ottawa, while manufacturing and agriculture are the larger industries within the more rural regions.

Ottawa has the highest standard of living across Canadian cities, as well as the most educated population. Culture and arts are recognized here, along with several research institutions being located here. Ottawa hosts several festivals throughout the year, including Winterlude, the largest Winter festival in Canada.

Ottawa receives the highest percentage of refugees and family-related immigration of any major Canadian centre, and attract people from all over the world due to high professional wages and excellent post-secondary institutions (Carleton University and The University of Ottawa). 

Ottawa is a diverse city with over 20% of the population being born in another country. As well, 75% of the population growth from 1987 to 2002 were people that relocated to Ottawa. 23% of the population are visible minorities.In 2004, the median family income in Ottawa-Gatineau was $73,500 --the highest in all of Canada.

Due to its status as the capital of Canada, and its close proximity to Quebec, Ottawa is truly a bilingual city, with both official languages represented in municipal government, in the media, and in business.

Sources: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa#Demographics
https://www.ottawatourism.ca/discover/about-ottawa/

Economic Trends & Key Industries in the Region

One of the major growing sectors in Ottawa is the technology industry. Although many people think of Toronto when they think of the Canadian tech sector, Ottawa is actually the city that currently has the greatest momentum when it comes to a growing tech sector. Looking at the tech sector growth over the past two years, Ottawa has been ranked #1 in growth amongst North American tech hubs.

The federal government is another major sector in Ottawa. Ottawa is where Canada’s federal government is located. People move from all over the country for jobs within the federal government.

 The real estate market is starting to grow in Ottawa as well. Although cities like Toronto and Vancouver have seen the highest growth in Canada, Ottawa is catching up here. Real estate, along with finance and insurance, contributes 10.4% of the Ottawa GDP.

Ottawa has several large hospitals and over 18,000 people in Ottawa are employed in the healthcare sector. In addition to hospitals, Ottawa is also home to several health research institutes.

The tourism industry in Ottawa also plays a big role. Ottawa is the seat of the Canadian federal government, so many people come to visit this city to learn more about the capital city.

Sources:
https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/budget/financial-reports-and-statements/long-range-financial-plans/long-range-financial-plan-iii-part-1-and-part-2/economy-and-demographics
https://obj.ca/article/ottawa-ranked-top-north-america-rapid-tech-employment-growth

Major Industries in Ottawa

The major industries, which account for almost 40% of Ottawa's economy are high technology and the federal government. High technology employs almost 70, 000 people, with 1700 companies; many of these (1450) employ fewer than 50 employees. The cities technology companies cover a variety of sectors such as Aerospace and Defence, eBusiness, Telecommunications and Cleantech (Source: InvestOttawa.ca). Many newspapers report that there is a talent shortage within the high-tech industry in Ottawa.

As of 2011, 315,500 federal government employees worked in a census metropolitan area (CMA), which accounts for 75% of all federal workers in Canada (Source: StasCan). Within Ottawa itself, 120,000 jobs are within the federal government, and is forecasted to continue growing with the Liberal government in power.

There are more than 140 life sciences companies in Ottawa, as well as 10 hospitals, largely focused on research with a budget of over $155M each year (InvestOttawa.ca). As the most educated city in Canada, Ottawa boasts 6 post secondary institutions, which offer studies in both English and French. These include: Carleton University, The University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and La Cité collégiale (OttawaLiving.ca).

Tourism is also a key industry, with many wishing to tour the government buildings, as well as the many art galleries of Ottawa. Many that visit Ottawa (85%) are fellow Canadians, and this industry account for $1.3B each year, employing almost 25,000 people in the city (Ottawa.ca). The city hosts several festivals, including North America's largest country music festival, Canada's largest and North America's second largest blues festival, and the world's largest hockey tournament.

Other major industries include: finance, real estate, trade and construction.

Top 20 Places to Work in the Capital Region

Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technology

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Bank of Canada

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Revenue Agency / CRA

Canadian Internet Registration Authority / CIRA

Canadian Security Intelligence Service / CSIS

Canadian Transportation Agency

Carleton University

Champlain Community Care Access Centre

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

La Cité Collégiale

The Conference Board of Canada

Department of Finance Canada

Egg Farmers of Canada

(Source: Canada’s Top Employers: Ottawa)

Halogen Software Inc.

Health Canada / Santé Canada

Hydro Ottawa

Kinaxis Inc.

Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.

Medical Council of Canada

NAV CANADA

The Ottawa Catholic School Board

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport Authority

Ottawa, City of

Pythian Group Inc.

The Royal

Universities Canada

University of Ottawa

Fun Facts About Ottawa

  • At 2,796 sq. km, Ottawa is larger than the cities of Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton combined.
  • The city name "Ottawa" was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River nearby, which is a word derived from the Algonquin word Odawa, meaning "to trade".
  • Ottawa is the sister city of both Cairo, Egypt, as well as Beijing, China.
  • Home to the largest Winter festival in Canada – Winterlude!
  • Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is the oldest still operating canal system in North America.
  • Ottawa has more scientists, engineers, and PhDs per capita than any other Canadian city.
  • Ottawa has 14 national museums.

Source: https://hikebiketravel.com/30-fun-weird-interesting-facts-ottawa/