The Fancy Stuff
Since 1998, I have assisted thousands
of individuals—from high school students to mid-career professionals—to
connect creatively and authentically with work or school that suits their
goals and aspirations. As a career counsellor at Queen's University from 1998-2018, I worked with thousands of students, from first-year to PhD, helping them strategize about career paths, degree direction, further education, and employment. I have also worked with students and mid-career professionals and academics in my private practice, helping with application and interview strategies and career exploration.
Medical School and Residency Admissions Expert
A bulk of my work focuses on people interested in becoming doctors. My former work recruiting internal medicine physicians
and 8-year role as a community member of the Queen's
University Medical School application process has resulted in many
medical students standing up and yelling, "She's the reason I'm in
medical school!" as I enter their classroom. Not true, but lovely of them
to be so appreciative of my coaching help! I have worked with thousands of students as they applied to medical school in Canada and elsewhere, and I continue to work as an instructor in the Queen's School of Medicine with the fourth-year medical school class, as they apply to and interview for residency programs through CaRMS. I have created and delivered
highly popular Applying to Meds, Meds Interviewing and Residency Application
and Interviewing programs.
I have been qualified to administer and interpret the personality tool,
MBTI™ (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
since 1999 and was an institutional member of the Canadian
Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) from 1998-2009.
I graduated from a Disability
Studies diploma program in 1993. Due to my ongoing commitment to and
interest in accessibility issues, I was appointed as Director Representing
Persons with Disabilities to the 1000
Islands Workforce Development Board from 2007-2011. I was also very
privileged to work as a voting member of the Employment
Standards Development Committee of the Accessibility Directorate of
Ontario during 2008/2009.
All of the diverse people I have worked with inspire my career writing
and speaking and they make me believe even more that everyone deserves
to find their own "Happily Ever After" at work.
I am the author of the forthcoming, "Just What the Doctor Ordered: The Insider's Guide to Getting into Medical School in Canada" (2018) and "Career Cupid - Your Guide
to Landing and Loving Your Dream Job". I was the editor of two editions of the Queen's campus bestseller, "Queen's Best Resumes and Cover Letters". I was a career columnist for JobPostings
magazine from 2010-2012 and an Expert on CollegeXPress.com.
I also dabble in writing fiction for children.
I am comfortable speaking with large audiences (with experience with groups as large as 500). I have been fortunate to speak at such diverse venues
as The National
Consultation on Career Development (NATCON), the Women in Science
and Engineering Conference (WISE), and the Withinsight
Canadian Student Leadership Conference. For 20 years, I taught thousands
of career strategies classes to university undergraduates and graduates
in diverse disciplines ranging from engineering to art history. I
have also worked with Executive MBA and MBA students and have developed and
delivered a career strategies course for technology students in community
I love all things vintage and collect vintage
vehicles (at least, that's my goal...to have a collection) and have
enjoyed a VW Beetle (2003-2012), a Fiat 500 (2013-present)
and a Boler travel trailer (2010-present). Read more about my
vintage-inspired life at my blog: avintagelife.wordpress.com
Excerpts from my Smile
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another. - Helen Keller
"I found you to be an excellent speaker and your method of presentation was very effective. This is saying something, since as of 3:30 today, we had already endured 6 hours of lecture time and until your presentation began I was nodding-off at my desk." (Careers in Medicine workshop) - 1st-year Medical student
"Best workshop I've taken so far in 3 years. Very helpful!" (Applying to Meds workshop) - Graduating Biomedical Computing student
"You were really helpful/informative and more than that, really warm and approachable such that I felt comfortable engaging in questions." (Applying to Meds workshop) - Graduating Life Sciences student
"I have been with other career counsellors and Christine has
been the best at helping push me but at the same time building my
confidence. The job search process is not easy yet Christine made
it fun and in the end very successful. She clearly cares about each
individual client and not just because it is her business." -
"Working with Christine has been a real pleasure. As a career counsellor,
she is forward-thinking, sincere, and empathetic – I wish that every
single student in Canada had the opportunity to sit down with Christine.
Thankfully, those are traits that come across in her writing. As a
columnist for jobpostings magazine, Christine is always well-ahead
of deadline, and her writing is an absolute pleasure to edit. She
never goes for the obvious lead, and her subject matter is always
fresh, insightful, and relevant; she never writes fluff pieces. She
is also damn funny, and has an uncanny ability to connect with readers
on a personal level, always understanding their concerns, and always
leaving them feeling encouraged" - Jason R.
"Not only was Christine's academic and career resource advice invaluable,
but also her support boosted my flagging morale at the right times.
I would always leave her office feeling more purposeful. Christine
was a valuable resource for me." - Marney S.
"Christine is a warm, reliable and insightful professional. She knows
how to truly listen, and she reflects what she hears in to useful
steps that help her clients find rewarding results. She is able to
help clients effectively analyze their aptitudes and interests and
then formulate an action plan for realizing their goals. She has a
clear passion for her field, and she is committed to helping people
find their passion as well. I highly endorse her abilities." - Chris