IN THE PRESS
The New York Times Sunday Business Section
"Four years ago, counselors under her supervision at Radcliffe Career Services, a campus-community counseling agency based at Radcliffe College, began coming to Phyllis Stein, unsure of how to react to a disquieting new response to the usual career-counselor opening line, "Tell me about yourself."
It would be some version of the following," said Ms. Stein, director of the agency in Cambridge, Mass. ' 'I'm X, I want you to know I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I'm here in this office to discuss my career issues, but childhood experience is affecting my work life...'"
The Boston Globe
How does one-to-one career counseling help with job problems? Experiences of satisfied consumers supply some clues.
Their counselor, Phyllis Stein, has her own private practice in Cambridge and directed Radcliffe Career Services for 21 years until it closed a while ago Clients report she's supportive, practical, upbeat, knows lots about the work world, and has extensive information and networking sources in many fields...
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Frances Lefkowitz: Philosopher Joseph Campbell was fond of saying "Follow your bliss." Can this idea be applied to the job search?
Phyllis Stein: I absolutely try to encourage people to do something like following their bliss. Look at least seriously at their wildest fantasies. Even if it turns out that you don't get all the way to the fantasy, which is what "following your bliss" is. At least looking at it takes it seriously and gives it a place in your exploration. For example, I have a physicist with a Ph.D. who really wants to be a carpenter. Now it's not my responsibility to tell him, "What--you're crazy; you have a Ph.D. in physics and you want to be a carpenter?" It's my responsibility as a career counselor to say, "All right, let's look at what you really want out of your life. If carpentry and working with your hands gives you pleasure, then who's to say that you shouldn't do that?" And then for him to explore what that would really mean for him. Then if he chooses not to do it, that's his choice, but at least he's looked at it....
Harvard Business Review
Informational interviews with friends of friends, school and workplace alumni, and others in professions you're considering will help you explore career options and make connections. They provide a safe environment to ask pointed questions--which allows you to find promising possibilities and weed out choices that aren't a good fit.
Three years ago, Dan Ladd of Lincoln closed up a real estate law practice and went back to school. Faced with a slow business climate and a desire for a skill he could take overseas, the former lawyer is now in training to be a veterinary technician.