Wendy McWilliams, MA
Making a change in your career can be a daunting undertaking. You may feel like something is not working in your career, or you want to make a change, but you have no idea how to start. Many of us feel stuck. I act as a safe partner on the journey to help explore possibilities without judgement and get you moving.
Regardless of what kind of transition you may be contemplating, we can figure out where you are in the 3-phase cycle and develop a strategy for making a successful change.
- Discovery – Using an inquiry style of intake, I help you to pull out ideas, pinpoint what is not currently working, and develop the aspirations that you are formulating.
- Evaluation – After all of the ideas have been captured, we can move into an evaluation of the realities behind the plan. Honest self-assessment and an open-mind are key here.
- Implementation – This is where the action happens. We put a plan together with steps to achieve your goals, and I act as an accountability partner to help you stay on track, making adjustments as needed.
Career Transition and Making a Fresh Start: My experience in career transition draws from my own journey as well as from my training. Returning to school in my mid-40’s to undertake a total career change has given me a personal understanding of both the exciting potential and the real fears a big change can create. It has also grounded me in the process of defining a personal brand, identifying a targeted goal and marketing yourself–vital aspects of any career transition or job search.
I am skilled at seeing the key elements of a problem and helping to identify where the focus should be whether we are working on a job search strategy, how to achieve a better work-life balance, creating a career exploration plan or retooling your current position.
Working Parents: My struggles as a working mother in the tech industry trying to find a reasonable compromise between parenting and career have developed into a dedication to supporting working parents. I have experience with exiting and reentering the workforce, as well, having been a stay-at-home parent for 10 years and can provide guidance in seeking out creative solutions to resolve conflicting priorities of being both a parent and a professional.
My 15 years of technical project management experience on a wide-variety of products from electronic toys to educational and training software to cloud-based healthcare services, has led to a strong understanding of the landscape of career options in the Bay Area. I have worked in higher education and coached individuals who have been laid off from industries including: biotech, banking, tech companies, non-profits, retail and more. This breadth of experience means I can quickly orient myself to your unique situation and get to the heart of the issue so we can start seeking solutions.
I have an M.A. in Counseling with a career specialization from Saint Mary’s College of California and a B.S. in Business Administration from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. I am a member of a number of professional organizations which support my ongoing learning including: National Career Development Association (NCDA), Bay Area Association for Psychological Type (BAAPT) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).