Kristin Schuchman

Kristin Schuchman (she/her)

Social Worker

MSW

I work with individuals in transition, whether changing careers, newly separated or divorced, or re-launching careers after an absence.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-754-2636

6018 SE Stark St

Portland, 97215

624 Southeast 70th Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97215

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90-$120

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Services

  • Individual
  • Group

Insurances Accepted

My Ideal Client

I understand that you want to create a career that lets you spend time with the people you love and pursue your creative interests. I relish helping career changers lift the fog and determine their next steps to find careers that bring fulfill their personal and financial needs and work for their lives. I am not a recruiter -- I am not interested in just "getting you a job." I am more interested in helping you build a career to keep you happy in the long term.

My Approach to Helping

As a career counselor, I offer mix of personal branding expertise, counseling skills, and clear-headed insight, helping creatives, solopreneurs, and mission-driven individuals navigate less linear career paths. My MSW gave me tools to help clients overcome self-limiting beliefs, look inward for sources of motivation and long-term professional engagement, and connect with long-buried passions and creative interests. My entrepreneurial experiences running a branding business and a women's magazine trained me to sharpen your basic messaging and tackle "brass tacks" of career transition such as resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, networking and job interviews. I love helping people unlock inner potential and build fulfilling professional lives. I excel in supporting clients overcome the most common threats to career dissatisfaction -- indecisiveness, lack of confidence, fear of risk, and social anxiety. I also can offer expertise in targeting resumes for applicant scanning systems.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Believing you need to keep the spark alive in both family and work life, I challenge clients to create careers and grow businesses that provide meaning while maintaining balance. I excel when working with individuals who identify as creative or mission-driven (or a combination thereof). While it may seem out-of-reach to find work that is fulfilling, meaningful and engaging, I believe strongly that we do ourselves a disservice to not trying to find a purpose in our vocation. It is not easy, but it is worthwhile. I am committed to economic empowerment for women and am an active supporter of LGBTQIA+ and Black Lives Matter. I also offer COVID Scholarships to those who have been laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic. I am meeting primarily with clients via Zoom but have a heated, well-ventilated outdoor office in place to meet clients in a COVID-safe outdoor setting. You can find me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/spark_a_career

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Narrative  External link

    Narrative theory involves taking a close look at the stories we tell ourselves and seeing what we can do to tell a more constructive story. For instance, a woman who has experienced bullying or abuse in a work setting can over time reflect on the experience as an episode in resilience as she considers the solid work she was able to complete despite a toxic culture. Lars and the Real Girl is my favorite example of a movie that portrays narrative theory at its best.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Personal Growth External link

    The inability to navigate a professional path can leave you feeling stuck, often bleeding into your personal life. I offer in-depth career counseling for those contemplating strategic career moves. Whether seeking a new career or changing employers, I can act as a sounding board and provide accountability while providing you space to reflect on your options. I believe that career bliss rarely happens by accident but rather is usually the result of self-understanding and intention.

  • Divorce External link

    Few events in life knock you off your bearings quite like divorce or other long-term relationship breakups. As a career counselor I can help you find your professional footing as you navigate the complexities of splitting assets and other challenges of relationship fallout. Together we will build back your confidence and point you in the direction of a career with meaning, purpose and creative expression.

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    Research indicates that 40% of people want to change their jobs in 2021. The top 3 motivations for change are lack of career development, work-life balance and manager behavior. Add to those factors a global pandemic, which has nearly everyone re-thinking professional habits. Most people prioritizing flexibility and autonomy and more time with family. I specialize in helping professionals successfully transition to careers that offer balance, challenge, compensation and contribution.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Even if we're generally confident, we can still struggle with our self-esteem, leading to bad decisions, falling short of our expectations in social and professional situations, or stay in relationships and friendships that are unfulfilling or abusive. Women tend to struggle with confidence more than men -- research reveals that women will underrate the same performance on tests by as much as 15 points! I offer tools and techniques to help bolster confidence and show up as your best self!

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