Susan Jewkes Allen, MSW, GCDF
Each of us comes into life as a unique, creative individual, filled with potential and purpose. Yet, we may find ourselves uncertain, confused or blocked from realizing or expressing our highest capacities, professionally and personally. The core of my practice is encouraging and guiding my clients to identify vision, affirm belief and inspire action to build a career and life path that offers fulfillment, meaning and joy.
I help you craft and tell your story by identifying your strengths and creating a unique value proposition to describe the qualities, assets and characteristics that will give you a career focus and an advantage in the workplace. This can include: assessing your preferred skills, personality strengths, life-work interests and values – essential information for bringing context to your hopes, dreams and goals which, then, in turn, inform your career planning and strategy.
If you are seeking work with an organization or business, we can work on your resume development, job search strategies, interview preparation, and ongoing professional growth. If you choose to pursue a career as a consultant or as a business/venture owner, we use your identified strengths and goals to focus your visioning, planning and strategy for success in the marketplace.
My clients want to roll up their sleeves and engage fully in the work of self-exploration, goal setting and planning, leading to action and success. Many are experiencing what I define as a “creative calling”; a desire to express themselves more fully in all aspects of their life and work.
Some are seasoned mid-career professionals, some seek a significant career change, others, are entering the workplace after college or re-entering after raising a family or pursuing other interests/callings.
They come from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including: attorneys, musicians, accountants, educators, software engineers, filmmakers, artists, consultants, writers, helping/healing professionals and business owners.
My early background as a clinician and psychotherapist formed an understanding about how work is a key determinant of health and well-being. This drew me to consulting, teaching and advising on health, employment and entrepreneurship with government, non-profit and business sectors in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia, including, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Organization of American States, United Nations and numerous educational institutions and non-profits. In addition to my work at the Bay Area Career Center, I have a private practice at Life + Work in San Francisco. I continue to advise on career exploration and development, and have contributed to a variety of media including, the CBC and New York Times. Currently, I am completing a book and program for the college to career transition: “Creating Your Life After College” and write on career development and on the creative calling: ”Creative Life, Creative Work”.
Education and Life-Long Learning
A strong commitment to lifelong learning includes undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies at: New York University, New School for Social Research, University of Arizona, an MSW in Clinical Practice from the University of Calgary and completion of the University of Wisconsin’s Global Career Development Facilitator program.
My education and ongoing professional training includes: certifications in career and entrepreneurship development, post-graduate credentials in transpersonal psychology, addiction treatment modalities, creativity coaching and advanced personality studies.
I am a certified provider of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram of Personality, a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF10213-US) and a member of a number professional associations, including: the National and California Career Development Associations (CCDA and NCDA), a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and the Creativity Coaching Association.