• Leah Szabo

    BA | B.Ed | MA | (CDP)


    Career Development Practitioner/Career Advisor/Facilitator and Educator


    [ Teacher | Researcher | Writer | Editor | Program/Grants Coordinator ]




    About Me: 


    I am a Career Development Practitioner (CDP), a role in which I apply my career development knowledge, as well as my transferable communication, listening, critical thinking, language and cultural, creative and technological skills to assist, support and guide clients towards meaningful and sustainable educational and employment pathways and outcomes.


    My approach is thoughtful, empathetic, strategic and based upon strong interpersonal skills. I am reflective, analytical, detail-oriented and place importance on both process and client experience and results. I am equally comfortable and adept working independently and on teams and am a collaborative and supportive colleague and human services professional.


    In addition, I am an experienced teacher, researcher, writer, editor and program/grants coordinator. I am fluent in English, French and German.


    Please learn more on my LinkedIn profile; I would be pleased to provide you with additional information and I look forward to connecting.


    Areas of Interest and Experience:


    * Facilitation * Teaching * Workshop Design and Delivery * Career Assessment *
    * Career Advising * Employment Services * Labour Market Information and Research * Academic Planning, Advising and Coaching * Curriculum Design * * Program Coordination, Management and Evaluation * Admissions and Credential Evaluation *


    Past Roles: 


    Teacher; Instructor; Program Coordinator; Program Manager; Student Employment Officer; Research Assistant; Writer; Editor; Translator


    Previous Employers:


    YWCA/WorkBC Vancouver South (2017-2018); Delta School District #37; University of British Columbia (UBC); New Westminster School District #40; Virtual Essentials; Fern Hill Publishing; HRSDC Canada

    #career #meaningfulwork #beyourself #values #interests #skills #knowledge #education #learning #brandyourself #bestself #purpose #LabourMarketInfo #authenticity #intention #passion #vocation #employment #empathy


  • Career Development Practitioner/Career Advisor/Facilitator/Teacher/Researcher/

    Writer/Editor/Program Coordinator

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    Career Development Practitioner | Career Advisor and Facilitator | Teacher

    BA | B.Ed| MA (CDP)

    "Guiding students and clients to inquiry, information and discovery on their educational and career pathways."


    - L. Szabo


    "If current trends continue, young people can expect to work in up to 15 jobs over the course of their careers...what are your options? Let's find out!"


    - L. Szabo

    Teaching | Facilitation and Workshops | Career Assessment Career Advising | Curriculum Design | Academic Planning, Advising and Coaching | Labour Market Information and Research Program Coordination and Evaluation | Admissions and Credential Evaluation

    "Discovering the place at which passion, purpose and productivity meet...where values and needs intersect."

    - L. Szabo

    Additional Services:


    • Research (LMI and other)
    • Writing
    • Editing
    • Grants/Proposals
    • Resume/CVs
    • Cover Letters, Applications/ Portfolios
    • Linkedin/Social Media/Online Profiles/Websites
    • Motivational/"mock" interviews
    • Personal Branding/Creating Narratives/'Next Generation' resume advice and evaluation
    • Career Cruising and other assessment tools (MBTI/Strong/Personality Dimensions)
    • Job description content creation/Candidate pre-screening and background check services
    • Translation
    • Cultural Communication
    • Etiquette Training/Feedback



    Inspiration and Motivation:


    "Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."


    - T. Roosevelt


    "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."


    - Joseph Campbell


    “Only when the poet and the scientist work in unison will we have living experiences and knowledge of the marvels of the universe as they are being discovered.”


    - Anaïs Nin





    Career Development Practitioner (CDP) (2017) /Advanced Career Development Practitioner (2021):


    • ACDP certificate (Advanced Career Development Practitioner) (2021)
    • CDP certificate (Career Development Practitioner) (2017)
    • Certified BC Teacher (professional certificate/license)
    •  B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
    • TESOL-certified (ESL/ELL/TESL)
    • Job Developer certificate (2020)
    • Case Manager certificate (2019)
    • MBTI-certified (2018)
    • Strong Interest Inventory-certified (2017)
    • Personality Dimensions/True Colours- certified
    • Job Finding Club-certified
    • Proud member of BC Career Development Association (BCCDA)
    • Proud member of National Career Development Association (NDCA)
    • Proud member of BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF)
    • CCDP candidate
    • Proud alumnus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic)
    • Proud member of Teachers Without Borders and Librarians Without Borders
    • Proud member of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) (Education)

    Personal Statement:

    "There are jobs, there is work and there are careers. And then there is vocation. Most of us experience jobs, work and the trajectory of a career. Not all of us are so lucky as to find a calling or to discover our vocation--or to have the luxury of following it--but we all have values, skills, interests, needs, gifts and talents. And most of all, we all have hopes and dreams. Those hopes and dreams deserve to be respected and cherished, even as we seek to find a place of both need and remuneration in the world for what we have to offer."


    - L. Szabo



    • Authenticity
    •  Integrity
    • Empathy
    • Creativity
    • Hope
    • Independence
    • Passionate about work with people
    • Sense of humour
    • Positive attitude/outlook
    • Active listener
    • Thorough, dedicated to detail and organized
    • Able to work well both independently and as a team member



  • "Two roads diverged in a wood...

    And I

    I took the one less traveled by

    And that has made all the difference." - R. Frost

    Tip: Organization...

    Use a journal or spreadsheet to track calls, informational interviews and applications made to schools or employers!

    Tip: Differences...

    We are all different! Embrace your 'true colours' and find your unique selling/sales proposition (USP). If you aren't sure of your strengths, consider taking some career or personality assessments!

    Tip: Communication...

    Keep up with technology and learn the different styles of communication for different media. Know your audience!

    Tip: Knowledge...

    Seek facts, information and knowledge; most of all, though, seek understanding and wisdom.

    Tip: Time...

    Our most important non-renewable resource! Enjoy and spend it wisely.

    Tip: Curiosity...

    Ask questions, do your research, be informed and remain open-minded!

  • Let's connect!

    "All the world's a stage..."--W. Shakespeare

    Skype: lrszabo1

    Vancouver, Canada

    *Full resume/CV, references, criminal record check, credentials, transcripts, portfolio and teaching philosophy available upon request.


    Sample NextGen/Infographic Resume

  • Contact me:

    Please get in touch with me if you would like to connect or collaborate.

    Mailing address: 204-638 7th Avenue W. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5Z 1B5
    skype: lrszabo1
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