Career Counselling & Coaching
I was at a cross roads in my career. Having worked for my dream company for 6 years and hearing that this company was shutting down operations in Singapore, this thrust me into a state of confusion as to what my path ahead should be. I am a person who stutters and recently have found a way to control my speech very effectively. Hence I was looking at leveraging my new found fluency to make better career choices.
After a fair bit of research online and many calls, I spoke to Vinod. Our conversation was like an oasis in an arid dessert. Refreshing and calming. I immediately knew that I needed to sign up for his career counselling sessions.
We started off with a clean slate. He was very methodical in his approach and kept notes of all the minute details of our sessions. All along I knew I was dealing with a complete professional and more so an honest and straight forward gentleman.
His final evaluation of my profile was eye opening and he also provided me with options of how I could move forward. All in all, I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for high quality, affordable, decisive & honest career advice.
I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your time, effort and your unique framework and approach to help me over the past 5 months.
I sincerely hope that more people will know and reach out to you and gain better understanding about themselves, their own uniqueness.
What I particularly like about your framework is that it’s very reflective and encourages the client to look into their own family background, love languages, circle of friends, workplaces, their education, professional and personal experiences. It helps me to grow awareness about my own attributes, principles, basic needs, the norms for me and also how I would react to adversity.
While you journey closely with the client through the process, your approach does not make the client dependent on the counselor. It also does not aim to modify the personal characters of the client, but provides insights into what he/ she inclines to, and also the related risks to be aware of. I think understanding the associated risks is very important to make informed decision and save ourselves from running into unexpected troubles along the way.
Thank you again for everything.
Vinod and Roberta employ a holistic approach to career counselling which goes beyond simply analysing your strengths and weaknesses and recommending a list of suitable jobs. Through their career counselling process, I have learnt how personal factors such as my background, past experiences, current experiences, values, and even my personality affect what types of jobs or careers are suitable or unsuitable for me.
It was not just a process to find out what job I should do or how to change careers (as I originally thought it would be), but a process of self-discovery. I gained a much better understanding of myself, recognised what motivates me (and what doesn’t), and realised what I am truly looking for in my career. With their help, I learnt how to deal with tricky work situations where I previously felt stuck. Their interview coaching has also helped me to be more confident in interviews.
Vinod and Roberta are patient, approachable, non-judgmental, extremely understanding, truly caring, and really make the effort to get to know you so that they can help you better. I am very glad to have met them and to have had their help in figuring out my next steps.
To know yourself better is the first step towards knowing where you are headed professionally.
Vinod’s short session is perfectly tailored for time strapped working professionals yet is surprisingly holistic and in-depth in its approach.
At the end of the sessions, one is able to connect the dots between ones personal life, professional goals and personal values.
I found the sessions useful and enriching and I continue to value my association with Vinod.
Thanks for your support. You helped bring clarity at a point where I needed it.
I reached out to Vinod through a mutual contact at a difficult period in my career. He was quick to respond (10 minutes to be exact), sensed my desperation, setup a call and we spoke for over an hour as an introduction. He listened intently and sought to learn more about how he could help, and even provided quick tips for me to get through the week, in the interim of waiting for our first official session. Vinod tailors each session according to your particular needs and career situation. He is also quick to respond to situational needs. E.g. when I received a call to attend an interview while mid-session with Vinod, he gave feedback on how I handled the call, and on such short notice, also agreed to my request to turn the rest of the session into a preparation for the interview instead.
I’d like to express my thanks to Mr Vinod for his career guidance and counsel during an embattling struggle with a mid-life career crisis earlier.
Mr Vinod’s patient analysis and counsel helped me to take courage and to make that all important decision to switch careers to one suited to my interest and inclinations. His professional counseling services are worth more than its weight in gold.
I have benefited much from his professional counseling abilities, his genuine care, generosity of time and friendship!
A very experienced recruiter, Vinod sheds deep insights into how our body language may convey the wrong messages in interviews.
He guides candidates on potential competency-based interview questions and how best to answer these questions with the 3-part problem-solution-learning point model.
He also shows empathy and shares tactics to deal with pre-interview anxieties.
Vinod is a very knowledgeable and engaging Career Counsellor.
His patience and empathetic approach in the sessions draws out constructive pathways in my choice of career moves.
He also opens up a refreshing understanding of my traits and profile which I am not aware of, allowing me more options in making wiser decisions.
He has now become my mentor and a friend I turn to often.
As someone with a reserved personality and naturally soft-spoken, I have frequently received feedback from interviewers and colleagues that I do not project my voice effectively and therefore struggle to engage my audience. After a session with Roberta, involving voice training exercises and learning techniques to feel more at ease during interviews or presentations, and practicing those techniques when answering interview questions, I now feel I have more confidence and am able to project my voice more effectively. I will definitely continue to practice the techniques I learned during the session in future!
I contacted Vinod at a point where I wasn’t feeling quite like my motivated, happy self. It was the perfect time for me to realize that some time spent understanding myself would be time well spent. Through several sessions with Vinod he coached me through the process of becoming more self aware. I realized that I was experiencing burnout and that it is actually quite natural given how hard I like to push myself.
As I continue on the path of self awareness I have discovered many interesting facts about myself. My increased level of self awareness has helped me in every aspect of my life. Now when I can sense the burnout coming and I know how to deal with it. It’s been a great learning experience for me and I am grateful to Vinod for having shown me how.
I am thankful to Vinod for his help when I was at a low point in my career. Through his guidance and patience, I understood myself better and worked to expand on my strengths while accepting my vulnerabilities.
I will recommend Vinod for his career counselling services as he is intuitive and very competent as a counsellor.
Even after my session ended, he followed up with me and now I consider him, a very good friend.
Vinod is an excellent career coach. From the first contact with him you know that you are working with a true professional. Vinod is thorough in his approach, able to provide a different perspective as well as flexible when needed.
I highly recommend Vinod to anyone looking for an established career counsellor. Vinod will be your solid guide in the often challenging path of career changing.
Vinod was very reassuring and non-judgmental. I felt safe when sharing my concerns with him. It was obvious from our conversations that he was a very experienced professional in the field and the trusted advisor that I was looking for.
He patiently heard me out during our first phone call and unstintingly doled out valuable advice even though the call was complimentary. Subsequently, during the actual session, he gave me very useful suggestions on how to answer certain interview questions. His advice was not general and vague or “fluffy”. He provided me with an actual structure or framework for approaching questions and supplemented that with concrete examples tailored to my situation. He was able to express very elegantly and with brevity what I had in mind, effortlessly.
I would also like to thank him and Roberta for going out of their way to accommodate my request for a session at the very last minute.
I was in a troubled phase of my career, also my late parents passed away not long ago then. Needed a counsellor to listen and probably offer some suggestions where applicable. Vinod was able to help me calm down, sort through my thoughts and provided a clear independent analysis of my situation. It was very helpful in dealing with a difficult and inconsiderate employer at that point. When I was scammed by someone I knew via a dating app, Vinod was able to help me to go through my situation and offer relevant advice that helped me tide through one of the most difficult phases of my life.
The counselling services helped me to go through my thoughts and my situation calmly and make the best possible decision or action to handle the issues I was facing. The counselling was an eye-opening experience. It also helped me overcome the situation emotionally and mentally. There was also a number of occasions Vinod went the extra mile in time and effort to discuss with me about my situation, offering insights or suggestions I would not have thought of on my own. I appreciate and feel grateful for Vinod’s help.
If you are looking for a counsellor, do consider Gary & Pearl International. I will give the counselling service a 5 out of 5 stars.
Mohan has been lecturing at CILT for more than 5 years and his PM programme was very enriching to the adult learners. He bonded well with people from different fields and shared ideas and useful techniques to learners.
I am very pleased with Mohan’s knowledge and PM expertise. He’s patient and understanding. I would rate his service rendered as ‘Excellent’. I would highly recommend Mohan and his PM programme to any organisations.
Thanks Mohan for customizing the training programing for my APAC logistics team. We had an enlightening and fruitful session with you and your trainer. We will certainly put the processes we learned into practice.