Each month, we offer a comprehensive workshop called Tools for Transition that is designed to walk you through all the steps necessary to effect a successful career transition - whether it's launching your career after college or grad school, making a career switch midway through your career, or enhancing your professional growth in your current field. Tools for Transition is offered on Saturday mornings once a month at either the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford or the Mercer Island Community and Event Center. One participant (November 2014) called it “a life vest when I was lost in the ocean!”. [See more testimonials at the bottom of this page.] Upcoming dates:

Saturday, June 18, 9am-2pm (Mercer Island)
Saturday, July 16, 9am-2pm (Wallingford)
Saturday, September 17, 9am-2pm (Mercer Island)
Saturday, October 22, 9am-2pm (Wallingford)
Saturday, November 12, 9am-2pm (Mercer Island)
Saturday, December 3, 9am-2pm (Wallingford)

Tools for Transition costs $95 and includes a complete set of 22 handouts, the PPT presentation, and a career assessment for you to complete beforehand. Pre-registration is required, so that you will receive the benefit of reading and thinking about (and hopefully completing) the career assessment, as that is a crucial first step to a successful transition.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Elizabeth Atcheson at ea@bluebridgecoaching.com to request the career assessment and the invoice to complete secure online registration using any credit card OR a PayPal account if you have one. Please note the "bring a friend" discount.

Please see the workshop description below, along with testimonials from previous workshop participants.

Tools for Transition:

Change, Start or Grow Your Career

NEXT DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9am-2pm ($95)
Mercer Island Community and Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
(lots of free parking, easy bus access)

Looking for a job, a career change or re-start? This workshop will give you the tools you need:

Conducted by Elizabeth Atcheson, founder and principal of Blue Bridge Career Coaching. Each workshop has 15-30 participants; spending time with others "in the same boat" is very helpful in both normalizing the process as well as gleaning ideas and perspectives from people at all ages and stages of career transition.

Price: $95 per person, or "bring a friend" discount - 2 people registered in one payment for $160. Price includes 22 handouts, the PPT presentation, and worksheets for each step of the process including career assessment, personal narrative worksheet, sample resumes and cover letters, informational meeting guide, job interview prep guide, etc. To register, contact ea@bluebridgecoaching.com or 206-660-4441 to request electronic PayPal invoice (allows you to pay securely with any credit card OR with PayPal account if you have one; $3 invoice service charge will be added). Pre-registration is required as space is limited and it's valuable to complete the career assessment ahead of time.

Here's what former participants in Tools for Transition have said:

Excellent. Thorough. Very useful. Also, it is truly a DIY program for folks who can't afford $200/hour personal coaching.” (May 2016)

I just wanted to share a great big thank you for sharing 5 hours of your time and talents to offer such an incredibly rich, incredibly useful workshop... Your workshop is an incredible value Elizabeth. And I love your enthusiasm. Thank you so much!” (May 2016)

Incredible value for a very low price. I feel like I got a bargain.” (May 2016)

I wish I had done this as the first pre-planning step in my search instead of waiting until I was 7 months in and stalled. This was an EXCELLENT workshop; I am amazed that it is so cost effective.” (April 2016)

Thank you for putting on a workshop that contained a wealth of relevant information with guidance to start applying it immediately. I am looking forward to positive change as a result of applying these methods and suggestions. It was worth missing a rare sunny and warm Seattle day for this workshop!” (April 2016)

An even better use of my time than I'd hoped it would be.” (February 2016)

Boy, was this a lot of value for the money!” (February 2016)

By far the most thorough of all the resources I have consulted. I learned a lot from content and participants. Huge thank you!” (February 2016)

A well-organized and information-packed workshop.” (February 2016)

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this and was taking it mostly out of desperation for some kind of step forward, but I learned so much!” (February 2016)

I feel equal amounts terrified and empowered, but the presentation was first-rate.” (January 2016)

I was apprehensive to take a 5 hour course, thinking it would be too much to digest all at once or that it wouldn't be engaging for the full duration. I was wrong. Five hours flew by and the information was presented in a memorable way.” (January 2016)

You made the process seem manageable, and not overwhelming.” (January 2016)

Comprehensive, concise, and exactly what I needed.” (December 2015)

I understand the process of successful transition much better than I did before and, not only that, but that I am capable of doing it (!).” (December 2015)

Very impressed with the breadth and depth of information you provided us in such a short time.” (December 2015)

The job search can seem really daunting so it was great to have it broken down into manageable steps.” (December 2015)

Practical, accessible, encouraging, well-researched and illustrated with good stories.” (December 2015)

Thank you so very much for an informative and inspiring day! I have so much to chew on moving forward and all of a sudden I know what I didn't know. Great place to be... Thank you for such a thorough and thoughtful presentation and welcoming environment.” (November 2015)

I really enjoyed today's workshop! I found it fascinating and really informative. I left the workshop feeling much more positive about the transition process than I had coming into it and I found that even the informational interviews - while scary to me at first mention - are something I'm looking forward to doing.” (November 2015)

Your workshop was invaluable to me.” (October 2015)

I'm lucky I got to learn from you... I wish I had taken the class so much earlier.” (October 2015)

Elizabeth knows her 'stuff'! Organized from start to finish; gave a huge starting leap; easy for any participant to begin working forward from here.” (September 2015)

Thank you for an incredible workshop... I am really grateful for the process you outlined.” (September 2015)

Thank you so much for such an intelligent and well-organized seminar on job transitioning! I left feeling hopeful for my future for the first time in five years.” (July 2015)

It presented me with a plan I can work for finding a job. I simply didn't know what to do before the workshop. Now I do.” (June 2015)

This is the best thing I have done for myself professionally, and perhaps personally, in years.” (April 2015)

The workshop exceeded my expectations. It was an inspiring and informative way to launch my transition. Thank you so much for your guidance.” (April 2015)

Very helpful to those of us who feel completely lost about our career direction.” (March 2015)

Thank you again for the incredibly informative workshop today. I must admit that I felt a bit overwhelmed at times, but the strategies you presented were so clear and to the point, that I honestly feel like I have filled my toolbox to begin this journey.” (March 2015)

Excellent information, very to-the-point.” (March 2015)

I received a "scholarship" and am so grateful. The whole thing was superb.” (March 2015)

A practical and quick jump-start to pragmatic and purposeful career change.” (January 2015)

I only wish I had gotten a chance to come sooner.” (January 2015)

Your handouts are now my bible. Every sheet is a valuable resource chokka full of useable information.” (January 2015)

A step-by-step prescription for finding the right work for each individual. The steps are presented in such logical fashion that they can only lead to success.” (January 2015)

You threw me a life vest when I was lost in the ocean!” (November 2014)

I'm relieved, I'm happy and I'm grateful to you for your advice and sincerity in your presentation. In two words: 'it worked'.” (November 2014)

Your [Tools for Transition] workshop... exceeded my expectations - the best $95 I've spent in a long time. Not only are you motivating and inspiring, but your materials pack so much practical information into a small but effective punch. For the first time in my career I feel like I have an understandable, do-able plan with a realistic outcome.” (October 2014)

Wow! I got more from those four hours than I did from at least a dozen hours given me by [my former employer] with another career consultant, and from hours spent talking with other people.” (July 2014)

Thank you again for the workshop, it has motivated and directed me more than I could have hoped it would.” (June 2014)

I found the tools of figuring out my interests as well as practical job hunting skills a great combination!” (April 2014)

It was a great nuts and bolts, A-Z of job-searching.” (April 2014)

Extremely helpful and informative. I wish I had taken this sooner.” (March 2014)

Gave me new updated insights - exactly what I was looking for.” (March 2014)

The workshop pulled me out of a stuck place where I had languished for too long. Now I am fully engaged in creating my future.” (March 2014)

Clear, step-by-step description of how to pursue a job hunt/career change.” (March 2014)

Thank you for such a thought-provoking and thorough workshop last night. I only wish I had found you sooner.” (December 2013)

Three powerful hours of life-changing information - just the shot in the arm I needed to jump-start my transition.” (October 2013)

Great presentation and counsel to the group. Relevant and timely, and presented empathetically.” (October 2013)