Career Transition: The Inside Job, is a blog written by a team of career counselors with private practices in Portland, Oregon. Our intent is to help you make a successful ascent to reach your career goals. We bring you over one hundred combined years of guiding adults towards meaningful and financially viable careers. We are trusty, well-trained guides, each having completed a psychologically-oriented degree such as Masters in Counseling, Education, and Industrial Psychology. Within our studies and careers, we’ve focused on helping people like you seeking a career fit that brings meaning, happiness, and security. And, we have all worked with people whose trek is burdened by past dead-end career paths and/or surprise layoffs.
Aly is an organizational and career consultant with extensive experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Outplacement and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, technology, manufacturing and non-profit. In her work with career clients, Aly is passionate about brand identity including the resume and what makes people unique in the world of work.
Through experience in the outplacement industry, Aly has worked with individuals in career transition for over fifteen years. She has also taught career development classes for Marylhurst University and is a past adjunct instructor for Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and Clark College.
Aly delivers training and coaching in a variety of settings including classroom, one-on-one and online.
A native Oregonian, Aly is well traveled and has trained and consulted nationally. Strong analytical and problem solving skills allow her to quickly identify problems and suggest approaches for solving those problems using best practices. She holds a Ed.M in Adult Education from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Social Work from Portland State University.
Andrea is a Career Counselor and Coach who assists clients in achieving rewarding employment. She passionately works with adults from all backgrounds, industries, and stages. Clients find her to be highly sensitive, intuitive, motivational, goal oriented, and supportive.
Andrea assists clients with the following and uses a holistic, strengths-based, solution focused approach:
Assessment and Evaluation of Skills, Interests, Values, Personality | Job Search Coaching and Resources | Interview Skill Building | Networking Skills and Opportunities | Pre-College, College, and Post-College Advising | Confidence Building | Behavioral Health Issues
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor, she consistently keeps abreast within the field of counseling and world of work. In 2001 she earned a M.S. in Counseling (career counseling specialization) from San Francisco State University.
Wondering what careers best fit your unique strengths, abilities, interests, values, and personality? Stuck in a rut? Know what you want but need support in getting there? Whether you are employed, unemployed or somewhere in between, Andrea will assist you in achieving your career goals. Contact Andrea for more information.
After 35 years in the counseling field offering both career counseling and therapy to help clients through all sorts of life transitions, Anne closed her private practice and retired in May 2015. She considers herself the luckiest of people to have had such a variety of jobs in a field she loves. Anne has agreed to stay on with Career Transition: the Inside Job as an editor and writer inciter. The other contributors have agreed to leave her archives up for our readers.
Retirement so far has included taking care of a garden and two chickens, Meryl (Streep) and Lily (Tomlin). She volunteers with Friends of Portland Community Gardens and reads with young children through SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). Anne and her spouse enjoy sailing, hiking, kayaking, and travel. She is continuing her long time practice of T’ai Chi and singing in a community chorus. Instead of creating blogs, she is exploring other forms of writing, and is drawn to combining personal essays with writing about nature and climate change.
Aubrie is a Career and Leadership Coach in her own private practice, Coaching for Clarity. She worked for Lee Hecht Harrison (an industry-leading talent development organization) for 4.5 years, and her career history spans corporate, non-profit and self employment, giving her a wide perspective on the world of work.
Core to Aubrie’s approach is the belief that it is possible to have the work you want. The key lies in finding and genuinely communicating the foundational pieces you uniquely bring to the workplace. It’s always been with you. It will always be there. There’s a consistent confidence that comes from this knowledge.
Overall, Aubrie is known for being highly inspirational and deeply practical, and loves bringing these qualities to sessions with groups and individuals. She has an unending curiosity about people and an innate capacity for supporting others in going after what brings them joy. Most of all, she is passionate about helping people of all ages and phases of life get the most out of their work life.
As a career and management consultant, Bruce Hazen combines 20 years of business experience with his clinical understanding and experience to address the needs of individuals, in a range of different professions, who are managing other people, organizations, and their own career development. His experience is complemented by a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a MS in Clinical Psychology.
He presents a contemporary model of career management that takes us into the “Post-Parachute Era” where launching-and-landing job searches is not strategic enough to thrive anymore. His Three Questions Model prevents us from spending our careers finding-one-job-in-a-row and brings the strategic perspective needed for career management, not just more job finding tactics.
He is the President of Three Questions Consulting in Portland, OR and author of Answering The Three Career Questions: Your Lifetime Career Management System. He is also the coauthor of the Chapter on Career Coaching in The Complete Handbook of Coaching (2011) and is a contributor to Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career (2012).
Career & Personal Development Counselor
Dave Gallison, MS, LPC favors an action oriented approach to career management that puts you in control of your future. Together we will identify your unique needs, strengths, and career alternatives, then develop a plan that gives you the tools and confidence to achieve the greater work and life satisfaction you know is possible.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dave considers the whole person, not just your career. His approach and experience can assist you with any personal growth and relationship issues that may hold back career fulfillment.
For an estimate of how long career counseling might take, it depends on what you want to accomplish, how much time and energy you can devote to homework between sessions, and how big the leap is between your present situation and your new career. Generally,
- Single career issue: 2- 4 meetings (e.g. résumé upgrade, interview prep)
- Job change: 5-8 meetings
- Career choice/change: 6-12 meetings
Dave has over fifteen years experience in career counseling, job search consulting, and executive coaching and works with all ages from college to retirement. His unique strength as a career counselor is preparing you for informational interviews and directly assisting you in gaining access to employed contacts within desired organizations.
Dave’s private career counseling practice is complemented by experience with sizable organizations. He has directed a university career center, provided outplacement services for large employers like US Bank, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola, and managed a private vocational rehabilitation office. He has also held director-level positions in non-profit social services, higher education, healthcare administration, and worked as a provider in behavioral health. Dave attained a Masters Degree from the University of Oregon with a combined emphasis in Counseling, Psychology & Health Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, Oregon #CO697).
Gail is passionate about working with individuals who want to explore and connect with a more authentic sense of self as a basis for defining their lives, work lives and roles in the larger community. Her typical client is interested in finding direction and fulfillment, but is overwhelmed or discouraged. Gail offers a blend of personal and career counseling, as she has found that attending to personal issues or mental health concerns can reduce barriers to moving forward. She works with clients on defining purpose and direction, handling stress and tackling career exploration, job search and small business start-up.
Gail’s combination of personal and career counseling is designed to connect you with your core values, interests and traits. You’ll build self-confidence as your strengths are identified and potential paths are highlighted. Gail will coach you to explore new possibilities in a way that works for you.
Gail responds to individual needs for short-term or ongoing counseling. After deciding what you’d like to work on, you’ll make a plan that incorporates your priorities and concerns, moving step-by-step as you gain confidence in your self and your direction in life. For more information, visit gailnicholson.com.
Ms. Nicholson received a MS in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and a BS in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College.