Dr. Helen Harkness

Helen Harkness, Ph.D. – Career Change Catalyst

The career change work of Dr. Helen Harkness through Career Design directly reflects and integrates her own multidimensional career. She is a successful entrepreneur in business and investments, a former academic dean/provost, college professor and director of human services.


Author of articles on career management and organizational effectiveness, her first book, The Career Chase: Taking Creative Control In A Chaotic Age (1997), explores the myths of contemporary work life that steer careers and organizations off course. The book focuses on the new realities and changes to be faced in the 21st century, and strategies for discovering opportunities despite the chaos.

Don’t Stop the Career Clock: Rejecting the Myths of Aging for a New Way To Work in the 21st Century (1999), blasts the negative beliefs and stereotypes of aging currently pervasive in our culture, shattering the myth that growing older automatically spells physical, mental, creative, and psychological decline.

Capitalizing on Career Chaos: Bringing Creativity and Purpose to Your Work and Life (2005) Whether due to offshoring, bankruptcy, the quest for global competitiveness or some other cause, chaos in organizations is real and radical, and can create fear and uncertainty in the heart of even the most savvy and confident employee. Utilizing the steps of Looking inward, outward, forward, and beyond – and with a planned course of action – Capitalizing on Career Chaos delivers the tools and strategies to become an authentic, trailblazing pioneer who can thrive in this age of unprecedented change.

Dr. Helen Harkness – the Futurist and Creator

As a futurist, Dr. Harkness has presented at the World Future Society and coordinated the career counseling for the conferences. In early 1989, Dr. Harkness’s individual and organizational CDA clients founded The Pathfinders for the Future Think Tank, which explores, researches and forecasts current trends and future possibilities as they relate to the workplace. The CDA career library includes more than 650 career videotapes for clients to check out.

Dr. Harkness has written and produced an educational 8-tape series, “Careers in Finance,” and “Discovering Your Career Options,” featuring Dr. John Holland, author of the Self-Directed Search. and the Career Design Profile™, a comprehensive career report comprised of career inventory results, identification of specific careers based on values, motivation, interests, skills, entrepreneurial traits and temperament available exclusively through CDA.

She teaches popular continuing education courses at Southern Methodist University: including “Re-Careering: The Search for Meaning, Money, Creativity and Control”, Career Options for Teachers”, and “Running from the Law”. She taught courses for over ten years at Fun-Ed (now defunct), including “Making Your Career Change,” “Using the Myers-Briggs — the Key to Understand Yourself and Others,” and “Best Jobs for the Future,” and currently offers Redesign Your Career, a 6-hour 2-night course at her offices in Garland.

To schedule an initial complimentary career coaching session with Dr. Harkness contact her by telephone at 972-278-4701 or email options@career-design.com.