About Anne Headley

I’m a career counselor who specializes in working with adults on career transitions. Although I live and work in suburban Maryland, I also work with clients via email and telephone when that works best.

For some clients, assessment tools are an excellent way to identify style, strengths and interests. For others, an in-depth dialogue with a career counselor or coach is the best tool. An experienced career counselor can determine the difference.

A career counselor should recognize that you are investing money and time into the experience and be respectful of both. You should leave a session with deepened understanding of your situation as well as some practical steps to take toward the next stop on your career path.

I have taught at Prince George’s Community College and do workplace training on a variety of topics.

I am also an avid reader and love to write book reviews.

My other passion is the arts. I’m a docent at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Concerts and art exhibits are some favorite ways to spend time.

For recent book reviews or for information about career counseling, please visit my website at www.anneheadley.com.

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2 Responses to “About Anne Headley”

  1. Angela Says:

    Hi Anne,

    I’m a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education. I’m actually very interested in the field of career counseling. Can you offer any advice on how to get into the field? Also, can you give me some idea of how you started out as a career counselor?

    Thanks,
    Angela

  2. anneheadley Says:

    Hi, Angela,
    Welcome to the field of career counseling. There is lots of work to be done. Your background in education is a great start.
    I think there are two ways to get into the field. The first is to go through the proper channels, get a Master’s Degree in an approved field, get the number of approved hours of supervision, meet the requirements. You can find out about that at the National Board of Certified Counselors (www.nbcc.org). It takes time and real commitment.
    The other way is to just do it. Start in the classroom, play up career days, work with guidance counselors to develop programs. Develop an expertise in resume writing, perfect your public speaking ability and get out there and make presentations about career happenings. Follow trends. Listen to your friends. Listen to people who do interesting things. And investigate the field of coaching. Their requirements seem to vary, and I’m not an expert in this.
    How did I get into the field? I became the person I wish I had found earlier in life. I never heard of a career counselor, I never talked to a career person in high school or college. I just stumbled along, choosing the best options that presented themselves to me. It wasn’t until graduate school (in Women’s Studies) that I found my voice. I added some career course work to become eligible to sit for the NCC/NCCC exams. And I’ve loved my work ever since. It is a privilege to listen to people’s stories and give feedback about their patterns, styles and abilities.
    I hope this helps.
    Anne

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