Testimonials: Career Counseling
"Dr. Gronsky helped me formulate a plan to search for my second career. After working 28 years with one company, my job search skills were unprepared, to say the least. With Dr. Gronsky’s coaching, I was able to utilize social media, search engines and have a well-developed, professional resume to share with recruiters. I have recently landed an awesome job with one of the most admired companies in the world. Dr. Gronsky was instrumental for me to gain their attention and to land the position. I am very grateful for her assistance and encouragement at a time when it was most needed."
I had been laid off unexpectedly from my teaching position and was unsure about almost everything; while I certainly needed career advice, I also needed some personal counseling as well. Barbra helped me gain focus and a better understanding of myself, both professionally and personally. The tools she was able to use, and more importantly equip me with, were immensely helpful not only in my job search, but in understanding who I am and what I'm looking for out of a profession. Once I had a focus, my biggest obstacle was networking. After working with Barbra, who was able to break it down, explain it, and make it feel less nebulous, I have an increased confidence in my ability to talk with new people, make connections and follow up with much less trepidation and fear. I am more self-assured, confident in my career goals, and employed at job that is a perfect blend of the skills I already have and ones I want to gain. Barbra was a huge help in getting me here and I strongly recommend her to anyone, especially if you are dealing with uncertainty or confusion.
I was a mental health administrator at a crossroads in my 36-year career. I left my position at a well-respected organization to recover my sense of well-being, which had eroded through many years of intense work, without enough life-balance. I was fortunate to be able to indulge in 10 work-free months of personal rediscovery and growth. It was a wonderful experience, but when it came time to seriously consider returning to work, I was at a loss. I didn't know where to begin, and I didn't want to lose the equanimity and balance that I had regained.
I sought out Dr. Gronsky for her dual experience in both psychology and business, and I am so grateful to have worked with her. Barbara blends a rare combination of sincere compassion and truth-telling professionalism. She deeply understands the process of helping people find what's important to them - and how to find a professional direction to match who they really are. She also gave me valuable resources and tools to improve my resume, expand my search options, and market my strengths. I am back to work in a setting that I enjoy again, with a healthier perspective and a renewed sense of professional optimism. I would highly recommend Dr. Gronsky to anyone who may be facing their own crossroads, and may need professional guidance and support. -LL
“Dr. Gronsky is the reality tester a career-builder needs: grounded in how human capital decisions really get made, caring, practical and a quick study. With her career coaching I conquered family dynamics that kept me local when I longed to be a consultant with national reach, and I blossomed in a company take-over that forced me to reassert myself in unfriendly territory. I have also "retired" and "unretired". With Dr. Gronsky's mid-career change coaching, I had the courage to leave, "reshuffle the deck" and return to get paid for what I know how to do best-- on my part-time terms.”
Sandra Berkowitz, RN, JD
Edge of the Desk Consulting
“Dr. Gronsky is an outstanding career counselor. She has an excellent sense of what is important (and what is not) and understands the subtleties in the workplace. She’s extremely service-oriented and goes above and beyond for her clients. I’d give her the highest of recommendations.”
Health care/pharmaceutical industry client
“I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, but my career became stagnant. I was successful with technical skills, but had difficulty managing the soft skills. I wasn’t moving up, and was over-looked on high profile projects. In today’s competitive environment, communication, negotiating and working well with others is crucial. I needed help!
Since meeting Dr. Barbara Gronsky, I’ve gotten a new job at a large pharmaceutical company, and have recently been promoted. My manager tells me that I’m a top performer… I haven’t heard that in a long, long time.
Dr. Gronsky was perceptive, creative and provided honest feedback. She helped me gain greater self-awareness to manage my emotions, plan my day better, and improve my overall time management and communication skills. This improved my effectiveness, reduced my stress level, and boosted the team’s confidence in my ability to deliver. Better time management also improved my personal life. Whether it was the books and articles she provided, the one-on-one working sessions and role playing in her office, or the quick telephone calls before a crucial meeting, or after a gaffe, Dr. Gronsky helped me change course, and begin navigating the rough waters of cross functional teams.
What I like most about Dr. Gronsky is her sincere commitment to her clients improving all areas of their lives. She is in-tune with her clients, and sees “the big picture.” I highly recommend Dr. Gronsky for anyone looking for a career change, a career boost, or help with planning and time management.”
Johnson & Johnson
“When I began working with Dr. Gronsky, I was a mid-level academic administrator at a private college. My supervisor had told me that I had the talent to move up the administrative ladder, but I was frustrated and burned out. In our sessions, I shared with Dr. Gronsky the variety of issues and challenges I faced at work. As I described the complexities of an issue and the decisions I had made, she would provide valuable insight and feedback on things I could have done differently, and she would often suggest additional steps I could take going forward to improve the situation or strengthen a relationship. We would also discuss issues that I was in the midst of dealing with at work – focusing on ways to successfully navigate the minefields of a politically charged environment. When appropriate, Dr. Gronsky models how to manage difficult situations, such as dealing with an angry colleague or supervisor. Not only does this assist me with resolving the problem du jour, but I also learned skills that are transferable to a variety of situations. Dr. Gronsky has an uncanny ability to dissect an issue and offer practical solutions that, when I try them, work amazingly well. Along the way, we have tackled issues related to self-confidence, work style, interpersonal communications, dealing with conflict, meeting deadlines and time management. I was recently promoted to a senior leadership position in academic administration at my university. I believe that Dr. Gronsky has and continues to play a significant role in my success – serving as the mentor I never had.”
Dr. J C.
“In my search for affordable, reputable, and personalized, career counseling and advice, I discovered that Delaware Valley Career Solutions offered many unique features that were unavailable in the other options I explored. Dr. Gronsky provided me with convenient face-to-face service, a customized career plan that explored my strengths/weaknesses, my likes/dislikes, and my skills/abilities, not only as an employable professional, but also as a human being. This gave me a foundation to build on, and a lucid and realistic career path to follow, all in just a few insightful visits.
I am quite satisfied with my experience, and with the outcome of Dr. Gronsky’s leadership.”
David A. Lee
“I hired Barbara to assist me with my sales career transitioning. She was able to help me target the industry that would be the best fit for me, personally and professionally. She kept me on track and showed me the tools that I needed to utilize to make my transition rewarding and successful. I am happy to say that she provided the guidance and stability that I needed at this time in my life. She is trusting, kind, professional, and an expert in the coaching field. I am thrilled to report that with Barbara’s coaching, I have successfully made this sales career transition. I have already recommended her to many of my friends and business associates. She is well worth the investment!
Barbara, thanks again for helping me find my “dream sales position”.”
“Barbara is an extraordinary business and career advisor. She understands the realities of the business world and is not afraid to give direct advice. She cares about the impact that her advice has-practically and emotionally. She is sensitive, kind and honest. She gave me great advice and guidance through a difficult time in my business. I recommend her without any reservations.”
Al S. Brown, PMP IPMA-C
Projects without Pain
“I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your invaluable coaching throughout the years. Our relationship started in 1993 when I was part of a mass layoff and came to you for career direction. Through your coaching and testing, we were able to focus my career efforts in the Human Resource world, a natural fit for me! Since that time, you have helped me build my career and hone my talent to where, after the second layoff, I took the bold step of starting my own consulting business. You’ve always been a grounding force and a sound board to me and continued to be, even today, 17 years later! In addition, throughout these years, I have referred many friends to you, including my own husband, knowing they are all in very good hands! I cannot thank you enough for being who you are in my life and everyone you help!”
Christine Schaefer, SPHR
Human Resources Consultant
“Two years ago I had begun a career transition and was lost on which path to take. I had been in a business that at first was rewarding, challenging, and lucrative. That changed. I needed professional assistance and Dr. Gronsky fit the criteria I was looking for. I needed someone to listen, coach, and have the expertise to give sound advice on which new direction to pursue. Dr. Gronsky provided all that and more. Her methods are non-intrusive, thorough and thought-provoking.
As a result of her guidance, I am now on the cusp of finishing a degree of higher learning. The realization of a life long dream is just a few steps away from actualization. Without her knowledge, expertise, and keen interest, I would still be languishing in indecision and ultimately unhappy and unsuccessful in endeavors I may have undertaken. I cannot emphasize enough how influential her guidance has made this transition easier than it otherwise might have been. If you have or are experiencing similar circumstances, I fervently recommend Dr. Gronsky in assisting you in the realization of your true capacities.”
Full-time student at Penn State University
“Barbara inspired me in a time when I needed help the most. She gave me the assurance I was looking for to choose a career path in a transitional time after my Rutgers University graduation. The results of her services include improved self-confidence, accurate personality assessment, workplace conflict resolution and developed career goals.
Barbara made her services very available – she made me feel comfortable discussing my likes, dislikes and past experiences. I highly recommend Barbara’s services to any other young graduate without direction after college!”
Countryman Packaging Design
“Going to Barbara to help figure out what career path I would like to follow helped me a great deal. Being a senior and applying to colleges it is important that you have a general idea of what career path you would like to follow. Barbara helped me by getting to know me personally and using very accurate surveys. These survey results were on target with the person I am and had many great suggestions for future careers. Through Barbara and her set of useful tools, I actually figure out what I want to major in college, a speech pathologist. I thank her for her time and helping me take a big step to my future.”
High school senior
“I contacted Barbara after being laid off from my job in secondary education. As a struggling professional who was having a difficult time coming to terms with my current career situation, I appreciated how compassionate and understanding Barbara was as she listened to my professional narrative. She used a comprehensive approach to career counseling. During our first session, she allowed me to explain how I came to be in need of counseling. Our second and third sessions consisted of a series of diagnostic tests ,which determined my professional needs, values, and interests. Finally, in our last session, Barbara and I discussed a variety of career paths, which reflected my professional needs and interests. Our sessions were complimented by suggested career-building websites and reading materials. I appreciated how thoroughly Barbara came to understand my needs as a professional and as a person.
It is without hesitation that I recommend Barbara’s counseling services to anyone who is in need of professional guidance. During this difficult economic time, most people cannot afford to proceed into a career without serious consideration of how it may or may not fulfill their needs. I am confident that Barbara’s services would be a compliment to anyone facing a career change or uncertainty.”
Elizabeth A. Clark
"As a young attorney embarking on my career path, my meetings with Barbara were truly helpful. Through my consultations with her, I was able to more clearly understand what I valued in the workplace and the personal fulfillment I sought from my career. I came to Barbara feeling overwhelmed in my current position and unfocused about my career path. However, after our sessions, I developed a newfound sense of clarity and appreciation for my strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend Barbara’s services for anyone, whether they are looking to make a career change or need strategic advice for handling an existing work environment. I feel more confident in my job I currently have and am more excited about my future prospects."
"I initially sought Barbara's advice because I knew my job and industry at the time wasn't one where I felt satisfied. I was successful at my job but could not see myself in the industry longer term. With Barbara's help, I was able to find a career, not something that would be just another job. She helped validate my personal strengths, skill set, and helped me think outside of the box to identify a career which is aligned with my personal values and morals. The process was thorough and taught me a lot about myself. Barbara's advice helped me get comfortable knowing that it's never too late to make a career change. Her passion for her work and clients is evident along every step of the way through her counseling. I was also able to develop skills that had a positive impact on my relationships with those inside my workplace but also with my friends and family. I would recommend Barbara to anyone looking for career advice, but also to challenge those who don't feel they need advice because she can help anyone take their career and life outside of work to higher level of satisfaction. "
-Anonymous (former Wall St executive)
"Barbara helped me achieve my goal of transitioning from a part-time career to a full-time career in a different field. As a woman returning to the workforce, the job search was a challenging and often daunting experience. Barbara helped make the process easier by providing advice, support and suggestions that enabled me to get myself out there and get the job I wanted. In the end, I obtained the job I had my heart set on in a matter of months. I couldn't have done it without Barbara's help!"
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