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Meet Ed Colozzi... (back by popular demand)



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Is It Possible To Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, Even in the Current Depressed Economy?

Yes, if you know what kind of cake you prefer, where it is available, or if you have the recipe and ingredients to create it yourself.  Cupcakes (bridge jobs) are pretty good too, because they are made of the same stuff cakes are made of.  But don't settle for the crumbs in life; life is brief. During tough times, do you want to stand in the soup line or start a cupcake line? This tele-interview will provide an easy-to-use strategy for creating careers with confidence and sharing your gifts with others across life roles – even in a bad economy.


Read Ed's book: Creating Careers with Confidence

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Free Use of Ed's "Creating Careers with Confidence" PowerPoint


Click here to access Ed's PowerPoint presentation that is available for use in your work setting. It provides important research-based information about career exploration, benefits derived from career and academic counseling, and includes a career life strategy model, a decision-making model, a reflection exercise for individual or small groups, and useful Internet links. You are welcome to use this powerpoint presentation in its entirety and include your name as presenter on the title frame as long as you credit Dr. Edward Colozzi.

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©Edward Anthony Colozzi  (see CHECKLIST below)

Purpose of Exercise

To provide an activity that career practitioners can practice prior to interacting with their clients to improve their effectiveness as practitioners and increase their awareness of career life as a context for intervention. This exercise can be easily modified to be used directly by individuals experiencing career/life transition.    

Research indicates self-efficacy beliefs are acquired and modified through four primary information sources (Lent, Brown & Hackett, 1996): 

  • personal performance accomplishments
  • vicarious learning
  • social persuasion
  • physiological states and reactions

It is possible to create opportunities that encourage involvement with these sources of efficacy information. Through self-reflection and small group interaction, career practitioners can practice and discuss their counseling approaches and experiences (e.g., obstacles and accomplishments with clients dealing with the current economic recession) and receive appropriate modeling interventions from their peers.   This setting would also permit practitioners to deal effectively with their feelings associated with using the career life paradigm in the counseling process (e.g., excitement, anxiety, confidence, and doubt) and receive feedback and encouragement. This should contribute to the modification of counseling efficacy beliefs and serve as a useful intervention to assist with setting goals to be a more effective practitioner using the career life paradigm as a counseling intervention.

Learning Objectives

  • Practitioner will become aware of the time and energy allocated across life roles and specific areas of personal and professional development that require improvement. 
  • Practitioner will receive feedback from self-reflection and meeting with mentors/peers that can increase self-efficacy. 
  • Practitioner will practice responding to the exercise “MY CAREER LIFE 12-STEP CHECKLIST © involving individual reflection and sharing with other practitioners/mentors.

Target Population

(a) prospective career practitioners, (b) new career practitioners, and (c) veteran career practitioners needing renewal.


Career practitioners interested in learning how to be more effective and veteran practitioners willing to serve as mentors during personal self-reflections and/or small group sharings.


Quiet time/space for initial reflection and appropriate small group setting.

Time Required

15-30 minutes for initial reflection and 1-2 hours for small group role playing and sharing. Ideal to repeat the exercise every 3-6 months.

Materials Needed

Paper and pen, your favorite beverage and perhaps quiet music playing during your reflection. A pot of coffee or tea and light refreshments for your support group of mentors/peers.


Simply follow the instructions provided on the exercise sheet.


What are your observations regarding your personal responses to the CHECKLIST? Identify any feelings related to your observations. Which feelings are your strongest and why? Did these reflections facilitate being more aware of the time and energy needed to balance your career life roles and be a more effective practitioner? How will you be able to measure success regarding achieving more role balance and being a more effective practitioner?

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to easily observe any changes and improvement by re-visiting the activity and entering new comments every 3-6 months after the initial activity is completed.   

My CAREER LIFE 12-Step Checklist 

© Edward Anthony Colozzi 


This activity is adapted from “Evaluating My Present Career-Life Roles” in Ed Colozzi's book, Creating Careers with Confidence (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009).
Below is a series of questions about select career life roles identified by Donald Super (1980). Read each question carefully and give yourself a little reflection time before responding to each question. Write your responses in the blank spaces and share your responses with a mentor or in dyads with a small support group.


ROLE            DESCRIPTION    TIME ALLOCATION     NEEDED CHANGE                                            










1) What activities presently take up your time and energy in the above career-life roles? Briefly describe specific activities, present time allocation, and any changes you feel might improve the effectiveness of your participation in each role (e.g., more time or a different strategy). 

2) Why do you want to make the changes you specified?

3) Why now?

4) What do you have to do in order to make the successful changes?

5) Describe what evidence of commitment you have regarding making these change?

6) What skills, interests, and values do you need to support being a more effective practitioner? Underline those you already have and circle those you need.

7) What additional education, specific training, or preparation is required to make your changes?

8) What internal barriers do you need to deal with in order to be successful?

9) What external barriers do you need to deal with in order to be successful?

10) Do you have a support group, a good friend or mentor who knows you well and can provide the support you may need to deal with the changes you need to make? Do you desire some professional assistance to facilitate your progress? When will you seek this assistance?  11) What evidence do you have of successfully making similar changes in your life, and how can your past experiences help you with your current desired changes?

12) Are you using whatever you feel is your spiritual realm to guide you? If so, how do you do this, and how do you know when you are in touch with this spiritual realm?

Copyright © 2009,  Colozzi, E, A., Career Development and Counseling Services, Winchester, MA. 01890 All rights reserved.


Ph: (781) 721-1200

Toll-Free:  877 6 WISHES
Website:  www.lifeworkps.com... 

Email: careercoachcolozzi@verizon.net 


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Edward Anthony Colozzi, Ed.D., is the owner of Career Development and Counseling Services in Winchester, MA and provides corporate training, individual counseling, and career coaching. He has served in numerous consulting,  teaching, counseling, and career development center coordinator positions at both graduate and undergraduate levels for approximately 30 years.  Ed was awarded the NCDA Presidential Recognition Award for his work with "Each One Reach One "membership campaign and the international teleconference. He has developed cost-effective systematic models of career guidance (SCG) that emphasize a career/life focus in many traditional counseling programs. His work with spirituality, meaning and purpose, and "discovering client callings" involves Depth Oriented Values Extraction (DOVE). Dr. Colozzi has published book chapters and articles on these and related topics. He wrote and produced a video, "Making Choices," for use with high school and college students; and his self-paced workbook, "Creating Careers with Confidence," was published by Prentice Hall in 2009. It also was the first career/life exploration book selected for publication in Braille. He has created guidance materials for students in K-12 and post secondary settings including a career game for middle school students.  He is currently writing a research article focusing on the spiritual dimensions of career counseling. Dr. Colozzi received a masters and a doctorate degree in education and a second masters degree in counseling psychology. He is a licensed mental health counselor, a master career counselor and an NCDA Fellow. Contact Edward Anthony Colozzi, Ed.D. at Career Development and Counseling Services, 165 Washington Street, Winchester, MA 01890 USA, (781) 721-1200, edcolozzi@verizon.net, www.lifeworkps.com...

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Interview Questions

  1. If you have a job and you don't like it, what should you do?
  2. If you choose to stay with your job, what do you advise?
  3. If you want to leave your job, what tips do you suggest?
  4. What do you mean by "creating a career?"
  5. Do any of the listeners have a situation for which they would like advice?
  6. How do you live up to your "have your cake and eat it too" metaphor in work and life?
  7. What is the most important part of creating a career?
  8. In your counseling, you incorporate spirituality.  How and why?
  9. What is the single most important activity a client can do?
  10. You coined the term "career life" in Hawaii 1976. Why are you so passionate about this paradigm?

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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.  I'm in sunny (but cooler than California) Boston today, interviewing Dr.  Edward Anthony Colozzi. Ed is the owner of Career Development and Counseling Services in Winchester, MA.  He is a licensed mental health counselor, a master career counselor, and an NCDA Fellow and has created guidance materials for K-12 on up through adults and authored books, including his new book, Creating Careers with Confidence. Today he is going to talk about having your cake and eating it too, even in a depressed economy.


Like Susan Whitcomb did earlier this month, Ed is making his powerpoint available for you to download and use with your clients FOR FREE on http:// careerwell.org .  Link to his name on 3/26/09. 


I have some questions for you, but we also want to encourage listeners to press 5* on your phone if you have questions for Ed. Before we begin, please make sure, if you haven't already, to register for all the live or recorded tele-interviews in April - a stellar cast (Richard Leider, What Matters to Those Age 45+; Sue Zgliczynski, California Licensing; and Rich Feller, Success in the Global Marketplace).  Remember to fill out the evaluation that you received in your call-in email and keep encouraging your favorite organization to subscribe so you and your colleagues can listen to these tele-interviews. Email me if you would like to earn CEUs for listening.


Welcome, Ed. My first question for you is, "Can we all have our cake and eat it too, in the current economy?"

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