Wendy Saccuzzo

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Hi there, and welcome!  I’m Wendy, and I’m a career counselor (aka, strategist) specializing in career transition.

MY COUNSELING APPROACH

When I’m working with clients, my approach is holistic and  humanistic.  I believe that our personal and professional lives are deeply intertwined.  Maybe you’re here because you’re going through some stuff in your personal life and it’s affecting your work.  Maybe you’re not sure what to do next in your professional life.   I have a graduate degree in counseling with a focus on career development, and if we work together, we can talk about things like:

  • The power of effectively telling your story- this helps you build relationships with people you meet, and can lead to career ideas and connections.  This is where personal brand and cultivating that online presence is so important.
  • Increasing your self-awareness, which leads to better career satisfaction- what are your interests, skills, and values?

  • If you’ve already identified a career goal, we can work on preparing a strategy for job search and interviews.

When I took my first counseling class in graduate school, I wasn’t sure what would come next for me in my career as a counselor.  One of my classmates gave a presentation on the power of visualization, asking us to think about a day without restrictions- what would it look like?  I joined the class in closing my eyes and walking through my ideal career day, and then journaled about it.   What a powerful evening that was!  Suddenly, I had a loose plan to work toward, and a few specific goals I wanted to achieve long term.  This sense of purpose and the activity of goal setting gave me a newfound motivation.  Today, as a career counselor, I use similar exercises with my own clients to help them gain more self-awareness about their own career goals.

How about you- what motivates you?  We can work on identifying that and setting your own goals.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS 

“Wendy was the catalyst in my career transition to tech by using innovative writing exercises and tools to help me effectively set a goal I thought I could never reach. Her pro-coaching literally changed my life and I am now in the career I have always been passionate about. Somehow she knew this from our first meeting.”

“I approached Wendy for assistance with a career change, specifically helping me tailor my resume and interviewing to move away from IT leadership into a more service-based role. Wendy quickly recognized where I needed guidance and we spent all of our time together exploring those areas. My interviews after speaking with her were better across the board than the interviews I’d previously done, and I trace it directly to her advice. She helped me see my presentation with fresh eyes and showed me how to bring forward my best and most relevant traits, with superior results.”

ABOUT MY CAREER
Diversity and inclusion in tech are important to me.   Previously I worked as Director of Career Services at Hackbright Academy, the software engineering school for women in San Francisco.  I  built a career development curriculum and managed a team of coaches.  Together, we prepared the graduates for their career transition into software engineering and helped tech companies with their diversity strategies.  Prior to that, I was in technical recruiting, where I helped to build engineering teams in early stage startup companies.  I’ve also worked in higher education with student athletes, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars, and I was even once a realtor!

Outside of my counseling practice, I facilitate meetups to empower women in technology with Empower Tech– join us for an upcoming meetup.  I’m  also involved with Women Who Code- San Francisco as Director of Career Development, where I lead meet-ups on career development in tech, and I’m a member of the National Career Development Association.    It may sound like I knew exactly what I was doing in my own career, but don’t be fooled- rather, I subscribe to the idea of Happenstance- that we each have the ability to create and take advantage of unplanned events in our lives.

LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK

I live in the north bay with my significant other.  We are living the semi-non-conformist life with our blended family, where we are parents to some fantastic young people navigating their way out in the big world of elementary and middle school.  I’ve experienced being a stay-at home parent and a working parent, I’ve navigated a divorce, and I understand the complex dynamics all of these things have on one’s professional life.  When I’m not working, I keep my work/life balance value alive by gardening, hiking, traveling, listening to podcasts, and reading far too many blogs.

Let’s talk.  You can follow me on Twitter or learn more about me on LinkedIn.  I look forward to hearing your story and helping you figure out what comes next.  Email me at aboutworkstuff at gmail dot com, or call 415-320-3985.