Individual Career Coaching/Consulting

Career Coaching

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.

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.


The Self-Assessment Process, Step I in CDA’s Four-Step Process includes participation in an In-depth Skills Identification Workshop Series (link to page that talks about In-depth Skills Group) 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.

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?

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 understand 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.

Helen Harkness is one of the most interesting & intelligent women I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

The money & time I invested in Helen’s career program will benefit me, not only in my career, but also through the rest of my life. Helen’s program helps you to better understand who you are as a person.

Helen becomes a mentor to you as she tries to pinpoint what motivates you, what challenges you & what “makes your heart sing”!

I will always have fond memories of going through the program. I think she is an amazing person as she has reconfirmed some beliefs I already possessed and instilled some new ways of thinking & looking at my life goals; whether they be personal or career-based.

Helen Harkness is a true futurist as she is always challenging herself and others to ALWAYS stay on top of the learning curve.


Unhappy with your career? Need career help? Dr. Harkness meets initially at no charge with all prospective career coaching clients. During this 45-minute session, you’ll discuss your career circumstances, as she discusses her services, fees and make recommendations how she can help you. If she isn’t the right fit for you, she’ll refer you to the right resource. Schedule NOW. Have a career question? Give Dr. Harkness a quick call (972) 278-4701.