By Amy Mazur

Jane came in for career counseling to clarify her career direction. At 25, she was experiencing some family pressure, and was having trouble figuring out what she wanted, as opposed to what others wanted for her.

Not that those options were so bad, but Jane wanted to think about her own needs and wants in a setting where she was in more charge, and where she felt she had an objective partner in the process.

Jane engaged in a five-session self-assessment process with me where, along with discussion and informal exercises, she also took the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, two widely used career assessments that explore interests and personality style as they relate to career choices.

With a combination of a focused career-related discussion and interpretation of the assessments, Jane was able to clarify how she had been ignoring parts of herself that she really wanted to apply at work:  her social nature, her need for movement and physical activity, her ability to lead others. She was also able to see how the work setting itself played a critical role in her career satisfaction. Jane knew all this on some level before she came in for career counseling, but going through the process really solidified her understanding of what she wanted.

Jane had started working at a fitness center for about 5 hours a week when she initially came in for career counseling. By the time the five sessions were over, Jane had increased her time at the center to 35 hours. She was enjoying her co-workers and she had expanded her work responsibilities at work to include using her skills in social media.

This was energizing for Jane, but she knew this work was only short-term.  With renewed energy, Jane was able take the next step in the career planning process, which was to explore the field of healthcare in more depth, and to see what options might be available to her.

Jane came in lacking confidence and a sense of possibility.  She left with a sense of direction and increased self-confidence to explore satisfying career options. She also knows she can always reach out should need more help in the future.
Amy Mazur is a Certified Career Counselor, a Master Career Development Professional, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor. She is committed to helping individuals find their vocational path by tapping into their strengths and passions. Amy strives to create a trusting atmosphere for the client that, in turn, allows for self acceptance and self exploration. In addition to meeting individually with clients, Amy facilitates Job Search Strategy and Career Decision-Making Groups. Contact Amy at 617-795-1964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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