Dr. Kate Duttro is a career strategist, coach and instigator. She writes the Career Change for Academics Blog, for current and recovering academics, and other smart cookies.
For more than 10 years, she has provided career services at the University of Washington, where she has counseled, taught classes and workshops, and dug out information for thousands of undergrads, grad students, post docs and alumni in all phases of career development.
Issues she has helped clients tackle range from decisions on careers to choosing grad schools and finding money, to whether to leave school or stay – and from career exploration and techniques of job search, to career change and renewal.
Dr. Duttro co-authored Seattle Job Search (2002) and edited a special issue of the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal on “The Influence of Bernard Haldane” in career development (Fall, 2003). Through numerous presentations at national conferences and articles published online and in print, Kate has become known for her advocacy of career portfolios.
In addition to master’s and doctoral degrees (anthropology), Kate holds more than a dozen career certificates (enough to choke a horse, as her farm-heritage family puts it) yet, true to her “inner academic,” she continues to attend career programs and conferences.
Some of her certificates include: Career Development Facilitator (University of Washington Extension); Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor (National Career Development Association); Master Trainer in Dependable Strengths; Two-week What Color Is Your Parachute?; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Strong Interests Inventory; Job Search Trainer; Job and Career Transition Coach; Various courses in coaching and positive psychology (still working on certificate with Mentor Coach).
Like most career development professionals, Kate did not, as a child, dream of becoming a career counselor. Her career path has moved from the academic world to the business world and back - more than once. From the perspective of a society that particularly values long-term expertise in one content area (think academics), her “job” history appears scattered.
However, the perspective and insight of Dependable Strengths reveals a clear pattern of strengths applied to a career that involves the communication of complex information leading to the practical use of that information to solve real-life human issues. Helping people to discover their own strength patterns and find how to apply them to work that they really want to do, regardless of job title, is her particular passion and mission.
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