Before coaching with Melissa I felt I was at a crossroads in my career but I could not figure out what the path forward would look like for me. I was unsatisfied with the options I could come up with, and I was confused and afraid to begin tackling the question of my own career advancement.

Since coaching with Melissa, there’s been a complete shift in my understanding of my value which allowed me to negotiate a new role and a raise. It’s a new holistic feeling of value, distilled into hard dollars… so it’s less about the raise but more about what it signifies.

Through Melissa’s coaching and programs, I have gained so much clarity about what I actually want and need. That clarity has been crucial to guiding my career planning and decision-making. Melissa’s coaching has also helped me build self-confidence, not only in my abilities but also in my new identity. That confidence has supported my own growth, allowing me to seek and create new opportunities for myself.

The program has been so important to me. It guided me through a really disorienting time, and I came out the other end feeling renewed and excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Melissa’s extensive experience with academic professionals means that she understands the nature of academic work and, especially, the culture of the academic workplace. She provides me with support tailored to my context, which is really important since the challenges in the academic environment are often so unique.

Kelly Shen, Senior Program Manager, Simon Fraser University