Career Counselling That Moves You Forward
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Wondering what career is right for you & how to make it happen?
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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.
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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.
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.
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Meet Our Life-Changing Career Counsellors
Highly experienced & qualified career coaches that excel at helping you become the best version of yourself!
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 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 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."
"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."
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 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.Read More
Goal setting is an essential component of career development, as it enables individuals to focus on specific objectives and track their progress towards achieving them. Career guidance is also critical in this process, as it provides individuals with the necessary support and resources to make informed decisions about their career paths.
Long-term careers are typically associated with a particular profession or industry, while short-term careers may involve several different roles or industries over a shorter period of time. Both types of careers require careful planning and consideration of one’s goals and interests.
At our practice, we provide comprehensive career guidance and counseling services to help individuals identify their strengths and interests, set achievable career goals, and develop a plan to achieve those goals. Our career counselors work with individuals to explore potential career paths, evaluate job opportunities, and provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the career development process.
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.Read More
Personal development is a key aspect of career coaching, as it enables individuals to develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to achieve their career goals. Job hunting is also an important component of career coaching, as it involves identifying and pursuing job opportunities that align with individuals’ interests, skills, and values.
Self-actualization is a central concept in career coaching, as it involves helping individuals achieve their full potential and reach a state of personal fulfillment. Motivational theories are also critical to the success of career coaching, as they provide coaches with strategies to help individuals overcome obstacles and stay motivated throughout the career development process.
At our practice, we provide comprehensive career coaching services to help individuals achieve their career goals and reach their full potential. Our career coaches use a variety of techniques and approaches, including life coaching, to help individuals develop the skills and mindset necessary to succeed in their chosen career paths. Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to make a change, we are here to help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.
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.Read More
Holland Codes is another career assessment tool that categorizes individuals into six personality types based on their interests and preferences for work environments. Socionics is a more complex personality assessment system that categorizes individuals into 16 personality types based on their cognitive functions and interpersonal relationships.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a career assessment tool that measures individuals’ interests and preferences for different career paths, while the Enneagram is a personality assessment system that categorizes individuals into nine personality types based on their core motivations and fears.
At our practice, we offer a variety of career assessments to help individuals identify their strengths and interests and explore potential career paths. Our career counselors are trained to administer and interpret a range of assessments, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, True Colors, Holland Codes, Socionics, Strong Interest Inventory, and Enneagram. We use these assessments to help individuals make informed decisions about their career paths and develop a plan to achieve their goals.
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.Read More
We also provide support and guidance to individuals during the job interview process, including providing feedback on interview skills and techniques and helping individuals prepare for commonly asked interview questions. Additionally, we provide support for individuals who are negotiating job offers, including reviewing employment contracts and helping individuals negotiate salary and benefits packages.
Overall, our employment counseling services are designed to help individuals achieve their career goals and find meaningful work that aligns with their skills, interests, and values. Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to make a change, we are here to support you every step of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please also view our much more comprehensive FAQ on counselling.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stittsville: Jackson Trails, Amberwood Village, West Ridge
Manotick: Downtown, Country Club, Rideau Forest
Richmond: Downtown, Stittsville South, Munster
Carp: Downtown, Huntley Ridge, South March
Blackburn Hamlet: Southpark Drive, Pine View, Green’s Creek
Rockcliffe Park: McKay Lake, Lindenlea, New Edinburgh
Vanier: Beechwood Village, Forbes, McArthur Avenue
Cumberland: Cumberland Village, Navan, Vars, Carlsbad Springs
Barrhaven: Longfields, Chapman Mills, Stonebridge, Strandherd Meadows
Riverside South: The Heart’s Desire, Emerald Links, Riverwood
Alta Vista: Billings Bridge, Heron Park, Ridgemont, Elmvale Acres
Hunt Club: Hunt Club Woods, Greenboro, Blossom Park, Windsor Park Village
Gloucester: Cyrville, Beacon Hill, Carson Grove, Pineview
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.
Medical Council of Canada
The Ottawa Catholic School Board
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport Authority
Ottawa, City of
Pythian Group Inc.
University of Ottawa
Fun Facts About Ottawa