Career Coaching

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Dr. Harkness, as a career coach, works with clients personally to identify their career issues and develop a plan to move them forward successfully. This career change process starts with an assortment of career assessments to identify skills, interests and matching careers.

As a career coach, she meets with clients face to face to gain an in-depth understanding of their background and interests, which includes storytelling back to their childhood memories. Discussions include prior job history, perceived successes and failures.

The Self-Assessment Process, Step I in CDA’s Four-Step Process includes participation in an In-depth Skills Identification Workshop Series that is unique to Dr. Harkness’s career change process. Each client participates in more than 32 hours of group participation to further identify skills, interests, preferences and natural talents.


“Dr Harkness’ process immersed me in an exciting journey of hope, adventure, and self-discovery. My search has culminated in a truly meaningful and financially rewarding career.” – Nancy


CDA’s four-step model for career change:

  1. Self-Assessment – who am I? What can I do?
  2. Career Exploration – Where can I do it? What’s out there?
  3. Future Direction – How do I see myself? What do I really want?
  4. Strategic Action Plan – How do I get there? What are my options?

Dr. Harkness Still Asks Her Clients the Same Questions As In this 1980s Video:


During this skills group series, each participant continues to meet with Dr. Harkness and begin to explore career options, which is Step II in the CDA Four-Step Process. Clients conduct industry research, watch videos from CDA’s large “Pathfinders for the Future” Career Resource Library, attend industry specific meetings and conduct fact-finding information interviews in their desire field to gain insights, refine and reinforce areas of opportunity.

Toward the end of the skills group series, each participant will receive their career assessments with a detailed explanation of each tool, and then the Career Design Profile. As they work through the assessment results they will start narrowing down their Future Direction, which is Step III in the Career Design Re-Careering Process.

After completing the skills group series, each client will continue to work directly with Dr. Harkness on Step IV of the Career Change Process, the Strategic Action Plan. Step hour is where they develop and define a plan of action for their career transition.

Dr. Harkness understands that some clients in career transition will need to bridge to their next career with an interim step toward “Meaning and Money.” While you identify your future career focus a bridge job that will provide them with an income, but also more of a purpose then they currently have / or have had in their prior work.