Career Guidance

A unique 4-phase Career Guidance Program

Core Themes is a proven career development program that utilizes a unique four phase methodology to help people of all ages and types find their true passion and purpose in their career and life.

A person's Core Themes are those essential values, needs and interests that define you personally and professionally.


Phase 1: Assess

The key objective of Phase 1 is to help you know and understand yourself at a deeper level than you now do (career exploration). Phase 1 consists of two critical building blocks that provide the foundation for identifying your CoreThemes so that you can experience career happiness.

Building Block 1: We believe that each person is unique, and therefore, their personal history is unique. Each client’s personal history is recorded in great detail. This career exploration starts with a discussion of where you were born, your early childhood years, family make-up, the personalities of your parents and siblings, etc. As a career coach, we believe that the early years, your foundation, often provide important career development clues, helping you discover how you got to be the person you are today. The history-taking continues, and we gather information about your adolescent years and your education. We want to know what sort of kid you were and how you thought of yourself when you were just 16 years of age. And we progress through all the stages of your life right up to the present time, examining your college and young adult years and your career direction, including career satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

Building Block 2: The second component to Phase 1 includes a comprehensive career guidance assessment. Our career advisors administer approximately 12 different tests, questionnaires and various career assessment tests designed to examine you from several perspectives, as shown in Fig.1 below. A thorough analysis and discussion of the assessment findings provides more insight into your key areas of strength, personally and professionally as shown on the diagram below:

Time involved in Phase 1: Approximately three career guidance and counseling meetings lasting two to three hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: We now have a volume of data both objective and subjective covering nearly every aspect of your life and career. The formal career guidance assessment has provided objective data as to your strengths and limitations. The foundation for the career planning process has been formed.


Phase 2: Think (Reflect)

Your career counselor will take you through a series of exercises designed to have you reflect on what you value most in your life. These exercises require you to seriously examine two of life’s most important questions. The responses to these questions form the basis for discovering and defining your CoreThemes. During these exercises, your career counselor will ask you to put aside your practical concerns and think about your life free of the everyday realities. You will be assigned additional "homework" including several selected readings (The Alchemist & Man's Search For Meaning as examples) and a movie or two.

Time involved in Phase 2: Approximately three meetings lasting two hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: We now have a body of data that points to your strongest beliefs, interests and values––what you want your life to count for when all is said and done!


Phase 3: Compose

By now we've done an exhaustive examination of what you believe are the critical and important elements of your life. You have an objective assessment of your personality, abilities, interests, emotional intelligence, underlying needs and your acquired knowledge and experience. You are ready to create the first draft of your CoreThemes with the help of your career counselor. Generally, it takes several drafts to come up with your actual CoreThemes. At this stage, significant family members are brought into the process in order to get their input and commitment to your Core Themes.

Time involved in Phase 3: Approximately two to three meetings lasting two hours each over a period of two weeks.

Result: You now have your “unique roadmap” to guide you in making the best decisions in your life and career.


Phase 4: Seek

Knowing your CoreThemes doesn’t always immediately get you to where you want to go. You need a realistic plan, a sound strategy and the ability to execute if you expect to find true purpose and meaning in your life and career.

Time involved in Phase 4: Approximately two meetings lasting two hours each over a period of one to two weeks. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed to provide career guidance and direction and to evaluate your progress in carrying out your plan.

Result: A practical plan and strategy giving you confidence and direction to go forward to fulfill your CoreThemes.