I want to introduce you to Debra Cooper, Founder & Principal at Your Career Design Lab.


Deb architects and designs the right process to find the right career.  Not only a person’s first career, but ongoing.  It’s a unique, very personal process not just about resumes, cover letters, but more importantly in my mind is the ability to shape you into the right candidate for a particular job or career. How to tell your story in a way that is memorable where the interviewer is urged to take action.   In addition, Deb’s networking capabilities are uniquely good at finding you the right mentor, interviewer, industry experts, and people that do hiring at major firms that you would want to be employed at. It’s a relationship that I wish existed when I was first looking for my career over 20 years ago.


More importantly, it doesn’t stop at the first job.  Once you achieve that first job, it might be how to network within your firm to get to the next position or ask for a raise.  Deb has a network of CEOs, executives, business owners that all communicate with Deb about what they continually hear and what they more importantly “Want to hear”!


A career coach is a very valuable relationship and I would encourage you sincerely to have a conversation about what Deb can offer and how it might be beneficial for you now, but likely over your career. Here are some of the reasons a person like Debra can land you your dream career.


  • She has helped numerous people and clients of mine find a better path in work and in life.   

  • Why haven’t you found a job yet? You need a story for this.

  • What your feedback from other interviews have been, so she can help game plan with you.

  • Lack of GPA, (if it’s lower) need a story for this.


What is the career path you want, not just getting a job.  Deb can explain how crucially different this is and how an interviewer can tell a candidate that is looking for a job with them vs. a career.  Nobody wants to spend money and time training someone that will leave and the training and ramp up time is a cost to the firm, so are you the right person to spend the money on.  These questions and more are what you need to overcome on paper and in the interview. This is what Debra and YourCareerDesignLab can do for you. 

Ted M. Candella, CRPC®, C(k)P®, CPFA®

Managing Director – Wealth Management Advisor | Retirement Benefits Consultant |Portfolio Manager, PIA Program

NMLS# 579963

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
The Candella Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc

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