Christina Macken, Career Coach
Expertise: Planning for a career transition; skills assessment; articulating value; developing effective communication strategies; salary and promotion negotiation; networking best practices; preparation for traditional, behavioral, case, and information interviews; management best practices; professional relationship building.
Availability: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in the DC office.
Career transitions can be really scary.
I know this firsthand.
I’ve been through several career transitions. A few years ago I took a leap and decided to start my own business doing what I love. I have always found that planning, anticipating obstacles, and betting on myself pays off.
For those in career transition, our coaching sessions will help you to identify points of stability while navigating through the uncertainty of this transition, and find a sense of calmness in the face of professional change. I will help you to create a sense of discovery as we imagine your professional opportunities, and then build the confidence, skills, and roadmap to get you there.
For those looking to excel in their current role, our coaching sessions will help you to identify ways to improve your on-the-job performance, strengthen relationships with colleagues, associates, and superiors, implement productive management strategies, and anticipate obstacles in order to face them head on.
I am a customizer.
Throughout our work together, you will find that no two career coaching sessions are the same. I carefully customize my coaching approach and recommendations for each individual, taking into account exactly where you are today. This creates abundant opportunities to identify and nurture your unique professional strengths. I bring a thorough and conscientious approach to my work with you, building an individualized understanding of your skills and strengths to help you discover opportunities to achieve your best professional outcomes.
I am incredibly motivated by people getting to do what they do best.
Career coaching is so personally rewarding to me because it allows me to use my individual strengths every single day. I want the same for you. Through our work together, I will help you identify your professional strengths and struggles, and find ways to be placed into roles where you can excel at doing what you do best. With confidence and ease.
I am here for you in the here and now, to help you build a bright professional future.
Christina has a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, and earned a Bachelor’s of Political Science and Environmental Studies from Allegheny College. She has been practicing career coaching with clients throughout the United States since 2014. Christina has more than 10 years professional experience in the non-profit, higher education, and corporate sectors. She has served on various multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and international initiatives focused on advancing sustainability and corporate social responsibility, including those led by organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Standards Organization, the U.S. Green Building Council, the World Green Building Council, NSF International, and the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum. This experience has made Christina particularly effective at helping clients to define and articulate their value, excel in negotiation settings, build a strong rapport with teams, colleagues, and advance into leadership roles.
What Clients are Saying...
"Christina has been my lifeline for negotiating – including business deals and salary – with integrity, confidence and strategy. I came out of a salary negotiation making MUCH more money than the company initially offered. Christina is an exceptional role model for growing professionals, truly embodying the skills and values she seeks to instill in her clients. I plan to continue working with her throughout my career for coaching and advice!" -- Jennifer in Philadelphia
“I recently worked with Christina to assist me with resume writing and on the job coaching. During my transition from the education field to the banking industry, she offered practical, detailed, and applicable strategies for making the move as smooth as possible. I got a great job, and have successfully made a major transition with very few hiccups, and reliable people to call whenever issues arise” -- Jennifer in Buffalo