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New Affiliate Offers Support for Launching Careers
The Bertram Group’s newest professional affiliate, Dr. Michelle Tullier, has been interested in career counseling ever since her own professional life began. Working at a staffing firm in Los Angeles right out of college, Michelle noticed that many clients took jobs without strong prospects of those placements leading to satisfying careers. This motivated her to go on to earn a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a concentration in career development, so that she could help people shape their careers with intentionality and fulfillment. “I consider myself a teacher,” Michelle says about her thirty-plus years as a career counselor and coach. “I partner with clients to help them be active learners in launching satisfying careers and navigating their professions for a lifetime.”
Michelle has written nine books in this field, including the Unofficial Guide to Landing a Job and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Overcoming Procrastination. Most recently, she served as executive director of the career center at Georgia Institute of Technology, overseeing career services for more than 20,000 students and managing relationships with Fortune 500 employers, nonprofits, and start-ups. Michelle now works full-time in private practice. She divides her time between Atlanta, Georgia, and mid-coast Maine, and often also meets with clients and families in New York and Connecticut.
“Michelle’s breadth of experience and workplace insights are extraordinary,” says TBG founder Cammie Bertram. “She breaks down the process of envisioning life after college into clear, accessible steps so that students can pursue their own successful outcomes.”
Although she works with clients of all ages, Michelle particularly enjoys helping young people make good decisions to launch their working lives. She helps job-seekers understand how careers develop and how to incorporate their own values, skills, and priorities into a professional path. “There is an art to balancing focus with flexibility when it comes to career plans,” she says. With technology, globalization, and other factors constantly changing jobs, Michelle recommends that students not be overly focused on a single path unless they believe it is a deep calling. Instead, she encourages candidates to reflect on their own skills, personality, values, and how they would like to engage with the world. She then coaches them in researching the variety of ways these attributes and goals can translate to the workplace. “Once you know who you are and what you want,” Michelle says, “you can take the steps needed for things to fall into place.”
Michelle also helps candidates understand how to market themselves through resumes, on LinkedIn, and in interviews. Many young adults don’t know how to position themselves competitively and need perspective on how their skills and experiences overlap with career options and what employers seek. “It can be hard for young people to recognize their strengths and put them down on paper,” Michelle explains. “I enjoy helping them discover the positive qualities they will bring to a job.”