The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program™

The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program™ is a career counseling and coaching program designed specifically for lawyers who have reached a crossroads in their careers and are unclear about how to proceed. Through a series of 11 one-on-one 50-minute sessions with Sheryl Odentz − a proactive, award-winning career counselor and coach − the lawyer will have the opportunity to reflect on the following factors: aptitudes; personal style; skills; interests; family influences; values; goals; personality and career fit; potential obstacles preventing the lawyer from moving forward in his or her career; and psychological needs regarding work. Upon completion of the program, the lawyer will have conducted a thoughtful and linear analysis of his or her career and be able to map out steps for bridging the outcomes of the process with a solid plan for the future.

Sheryl received her graduate training in Psychological Counseling in  work/career topics from Columbia University (M.A., Ed.M.). Sheryl founded Progress in Work LLC – an award-winning career management firm for lawyers in 2001 – and is a pioneer in the legal outplacement field. Sheryl has assisted literally thousands of lawyers over the course of three decades to help them successfully transition to new positions inside and outside of the practice of law.   Sheryl has been described by her clients as skilled in her craft, proactive, effective, creative, knowledgeable, caring, inspiring, and practical.

The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program™ will typically occur over a period of three to nine months. The exact time period will vary depending on each lawyer’s individual circumstances. Below are the program elements:

  • Session 1 – Intake session
  • Sessions 2 & 3 (combined) – Aptitudes and personal style
  • Session 4 – Skills
  • Session 5 – Interests
  • Session 6­ – Family influences, values, and goals
  • Session 7 – Personality and career fit as well as potential obstacles and psychological needs
  • Session 8 – Personal vision statement & action plan based on an analysis of the sessions
  • Session 9– Informational interviewing skills and research
  • Session 10 – Progress and obstacles
  • Session 11– Closing thoughts and review

Any effective career counseling and coaching assessment program should include all of the elements listed above; however, any lawyer wishing to sample The Lawyer’ Career Crossroads Program™ before committing to the entire program may do so.

There are two options to sample The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program™:

Option 1:
  • Session 1 – Intake session
  • Session 2 – Personality and career fit as well as potential obstacles and psychological needs. (Before this session, the lawyer will take an online assessment which will take 45 minutes to complete. During Session 2, Sheryl will interpret and discuss the results with the lawyer.)

Includes the cost of the formal career assessment tool, Sheryl’s time to prepare for the sessions and the sessions themselves. Credit cards, cash and check are accepted. Payment is expected upfront.

Option 2:
  • Session 1 – Intake session
  • Sessions 2 & 3 (combined) – Aptitudes and personal style. (Before this combined session, the lawyer will take an online assessment, which will take three hours to complete. The lawyer will complete 19 timed work samples assessing aptitudes and personal style. The lawyer is permitted to break up the three hours as long as each work sample is completed in one sitting. During combined sessions 2 and 3, Sheryl will interpret and discuss the results with the lawyer.)

Includes the cost of the formal career assessment tool, Sheryl’s time to prepare for the sessions and the sessions themselves. Credit cards, cash and check are accepted. Payment is expected upfront.

If Option 1 or 2 are chosen, any payments made will be deducted against the full program cost. Includes the cost of the formal career assessment tools, Sheryl’s time to prepare for each session, and the sessions themselves. Credit cards, cash and check are accepted. Payment is expected upfront.

Sessions are 50-minutes and start on the hour. (24-hour cancellation policy required)

Sessions are conducted by Zoom video, phone, and/or face-to-face in Sheryl’s New York City office, which is across the street from Grand Central Station. (Session delivery is based on client’s preference.)

Why wait to start the process of identifying your next career steps? The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to make your next move.

If you are interested in The Lawyer’s Career Crossroads Program™, Sheryl can be reached at sodentz@progressinwork.com.  At that time, she will share pricing and send you an intake questionnaire to kick off the process.