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Career Advising
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. Since 2007, 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 Expertise
A bulk of my work focuses on people interested in becoming doctors. My former work recruiting internal medicine and sub-specialty 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 college.

Vintage Life
Photo of DaizyBug my VW Beetle 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 File

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." - Bill M.

"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 W.