• I haven't always been a public transit commuter; for years I drove my 25-35 minute highway commute (rain or shine, bright or dark).  But a recent move has meant that I'm a light rail commuter now, and today that had me thinking about how much factors like your commute matter, but how hard they are to assess in the standard career consultation process. Career Consultation is focused on helping people by increasing knowledge of the world of work, increasing self-insight, and using these sources of information to facilitate the career decision process. But, beyond these topics, there remains a whole category of factors that can drastically affect the quality of your career life. Career Consultation is focused on helping people by increasing knowledge of

    Mar 05,
  • Career consultation is one of those strange services that could benefit almost everyone, but doesn't help each person the same way. You don't have to work in any field that long before you start to notice patterns.  One of my first jobs was as a salesperson at REI (an outdoors store) and within a few weeks I started to get a feel for what different kinds of people wanted.  Some wanted a specific piece of gear, some wanted to share stories or pictures, and some wanted to learn. There were commonalities, but you couldn't treat everyone the same. And this got me thinking about career consultation. Career consultation is one of those strange services that could benefit almost everyone, but doesn't help each person

    Feb 26,
  •   Career decisions can be difficult enough on their own, add the complexity of the career consultation marketplace, and it starts to seem cruel. You've already noticed that there seem to be no shortage of consultants, counselors, and coaches that offer career services. Because these decisions are so important, it's worthwhile to know who you're talking to. In part 1 of Career Consultation 101, we'll cover the differences between these professionals: Because these decisions are so important, it's worthwhile to know who you're talking to. Career Coaches (or life coaches): These are individuals that offer career advice based on their experience or prior training that they have received.  As a general rule, coaches do not complete a academic program (meaning,

    Feb 19,
  • We all have careers…  and maybe you, like many others, have considered career consultation to help you with a difficult career decision or perhaps simply for your own personal/professional development. Full of optimism, you google “career consultation” for your nearest consultant. And this, perhaps, is where the trouble begins. The results are endless. Coaches, guides, consultants, counselors, psychologists, and therapists offering tests, journals, courses, seminars, sessions, and workbooks, promising fulfillment, and charging anywhere from free to thousands of dollars.  You can’t be blamed if you decide to give up, but we’re going to try and help. Full of optimism, you google "career consultation" for your nearest consultant. And this, perhaps, is where the trouble begins. In the coming weeks MNCC is

    Jun 25,
  • From time to time I want to call out resources that I have found useful.  There are probably a million career help sites out there (google guesses that there are actually 1,020,000,000), but O Net Online is probably one of the best free career resources in terms of research support and access to real data. Developed by the Department of Labor and the National Center for O*NET Development, it has a lot of self-service tools that can help you gather helpful career information. Take a look.

    May 20,