Chris Pohalski, MA, MS, Engineer


Master Career Counselor, Coach, Consultant and Trainer for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Professionals

Pohalski STEM Career Counselor Coach TrainerI am a career counselor, coach, consultant and trainer for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Professionals. I provide specialized career counseling, coaching and consulting services for professionals and organizations, particularly those in the tech, life sciences and biomedical sectors. Applying my first-hand industry experience, I help STEM professionals and advanced degree holders advance their careers, achieve greater job satisfaction and expedite career transitions. I provide:

  • Individual coaching, assessment, resume writing/critiques and practice interviews
  • Specialized knowledge, resources, tools and strategies for the tech and biomedical sectors
  • Training, workshops and presentations

I help STEM and business professionals:

  • Clarify their goals and values
    • Translate notions of what would make them happy into a concrete plan
    • Get unstuck emotionally and take action
  • Conduct a more effective and efficient job search
    • Employ proven strategies customized to their goals and niches
    • Avail themselves of the best and most relevant resources
  • Be stronger, more competitive candidates
    • Target the RIGHT jobs
    • Polish their resumes, practice interviews and build confidence
    • Refresh rusty job search skills
  • Build confidence and reduce stress
    • Overcome fear and doubts

My clients benefit from my rare combination of technical background, first-hand experience with my own transformative career change, and extensive expertise as a career professional. After earning my B.S. in Applied Physics at Cornell and my graduate engineering degrees at Stanford, I gained first-hand experience as an engineer, scientist and manager at early start-up, pre-IPO, post-merger and multi-national companies in the laser, telecom and manufacturing sectors in Silicon Valley. At that point, I made a significant mid-career change, returning to school to earn an M.A. in Career Development. I have since counseled and trained clients from diverse backgrounds and disciplines at Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and in my private counseling practice.

Former clients have described me as:

“. . .  dedicated, non-judgmental, insightful, caring, and very astute. [He] truly cares [and] ask[s] probing questions that challenge me to self-reflect. By the time I had my interview I felt ready and empowered. He is monumentally effective and supportive. . .  He is outstanding.”  – PhD Life Scientist

“I came in super stressed out about my job search. I really appreciated Chris’ thoughtfulness and left [with] a plan not just for the job hunt but for dealing with my anxiety about it.”  – Researcher in Biosciences

“Excellent listener [and] an enormous help . . .  [He] went beyond the call of duty [and] was also very positive and enthusiastic [which] made the job search process less stressful overall.”  – Business Development Manager at tech start-up

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Master Career Counselor
  • Master Practitioner – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • National Career Development Association

Prospective clients receive a FREE 20 minute initial phone consultation.

Contact Information

Chris Pohalski, Career Management Consultant
pohalski_cc [at] earthlink [dot] net
(415) 982-2636, ext. 7