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We are pleased to offer USC alumni who graduated four or more years ago, specially priced career counseling and résumé writing packages uniquely designed for USC. Whether it’s in-person, or remote by phone, Google Chat, or Skype, we offer services 7-days a week (by appointment only) with flexible hours from early morning to evening.

Take advantage of these reduced fees for USC alumni!

Career Counseling Services

Career counseling is useful to alumni of all ages, occupations, and needs. We can help with: career exploration, clarification, starting a business, transitioning jobs, getting ready for retirement, facing outplacement, going back to graduate school, and much more. It is through the career counseling process that alumni receive support in gaining clarity, making sense of career assessments, making career decisions, mastering a job search, staying motivated, setting goals, and adjusting to the changing world of work.

Please note: Career Mattering is a private practice setting where clients receive very personalized attention. We are not a career center with a receptionist and as such visits to our office are by appointment only based on counselor availability.

Our Unique Capabilities

We consistently receive feedback from our clients that we provide:

A supportive and open environment needed to discuss career concerns. A holistic approach taking into consideration how career impacts all parts of life. A counseling philosophy centered on partnership. We know that people have the knowledge they need to move forward in their career. Our counselors and online resources are there to help people unlock or focus that knowledge. A real solution that works for people right now in their lives– not a forced push to change just for change’s sake! Counselors who love what they do, are well-trained, passionate about helping people in their working lives, and committed to each person they work with! Additionally, our counselors are all trained on the unique needs, career issues and resources available to USC alumni. We regularly meet with our USC partners in an effort to stay up-to-date on USC events, happenings and tools available to you.

Our Client Approach

Career development is an ongoing lifelong process. At Career Mattering, we believe that there are three key elements to career development which include:

Gaining Clarity

Understanding what you want and need in your career This can include introspection and self-evaluation of skills, interests, personality, values, etc. as well as learning more about the world of work and occupational options. It is important to make the connection between you and the world of work as you begin your decision making. Once greater clarity is gained, it’s time to take action.

Taking Action

Creating movement in your career, no matter how big or small This involves making career decisions, which could range from staying at your current job – but changing your mindset, getting a new job, or shifting occupations all together. Action might mean a job search, a change within your current organization, setting new goals, taking on a new attitude, starting a business, changing occupations altogether, going back to school, creating or revising a résumé, practicing interviewing skills, reinventing yourself, and more. Taking action means creating movement in your career, however big or small it may be.

Staying Motivated

Maintaining a functional mindset Staying motivated involves finding and sustaining the right mindset for changing something about your career. Staying motivated and committed to a career change can be easy at times and difficult at others, but attitude and support from others often determines one’s success and well-being in career and life.

Your career counseling may involve one of more of these above elements.

About Us: Career Mattering, LLC.

Career Mattering is a client-focused career counseling company that assists individuals and groups in the areas of career exploration and decision-making, career transition and job search, career assessment, communication development, and more. Merril Simon started in private practice in 1990 which grew in scope and over time has become Career Mattering, LLC, with a team of professional career counselors offering career counseling, coaching, and consulting services to individuals and higher educational institutions.

The Team

Career Mattering is made up of a group of highly qualified professional career counselors, some of whom are USC alumni. The principal Career Counselor is Merril Simon, Ph.D., NCC, NCCC who provides the initial contact and initial sessions for all potential clients and organizations. All of Career Mattering’s career counseling service providers have masters or doctoral degrees in Counseling with advanced graduate-level training in Career Development, and are nationally certified practitioners or have equivalent training. Our career counselors are held to a rigorous review of professional credentials and ongoing professional development. They are dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality of career service and individualized attention. Our counselors have years of experience working with adults of all ages, career needs, industries, occupations, and professions.

Career Mattering, LLC Career Counselors offer a holistic team approach that enables us to identify the best counselor for each client’s needs. The Career Mattering team meets regularly to discuss client issues, participate in in-service learning opportunities, and share resources for greater client efficiency and effectiveness.  Career Mattering also works closely with a team of résumé writers who are led by a professional career counselor and Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW).

Principal of Career Mattering, Merril Simon, Ph.D., NCC, NCCC

As Founder of Career Mattering, LLC. Merril has extensive experience creating and consulting with career development programs for several prominent universities. Dr. Simon has also assisted hundreds of career transitioning post-college, mid-career, and encore career adults in realizing their professional and personal aspirations. Merril has educated and trained over 100 career counselors in their master’s degree coursework and field experiences over the past three decades as a faculty member in Counselor Education–specializing in Career Counseling and College Counseling–by preparing her students to work ethically and effectively with highly diverse populations pursuing a myriad of occupational options in a variety of settings. She has significant experience in facilitating the process of applying to and transitioning into graduate and professional education.

As a career counseling expert, Merril’s experience includes career program development and evaluation, consultation with and delivery of career programs, team building, assessment creation, selection, and interpretation, adult career development theory, career resources, and individual career counseling strategies. A career consultant and practitioner for over two decades, Merril has also had multiple leadership roles in the California Career Development Association fulfilling her desire to contribute to the field of career development on an ongoing basis.

Merril earned her master’s degree in College Counseling and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California in addition to a master’s degree in Adult Education from CSU Dominguez Hills and a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene (also from USC.) She was the first graduate of the Certificate program in Career Development and Education at CSU Northridge. Merril has been a Nationally Certified Counselor and Career Counselor for over 30 years. She is a tenured professor at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Psychology and Counseling department where she coordinates both the Career Counseling and College Counseling master’s program options. Her expertise and publications are in the area of career indecision, career assessment development and validation, and life/career transitions. She has presented to local, national, and international audiences, particularly regarding strategies to assess and effectively address forms of career indecision and the measurement of mattering versus marginality.

Additionally, Merril serves as a volunteer consultant with local schools in the development and evaluation of their career development programs as well as with the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She is a strong advocate for creating opportunities for client’s strong sense of mattering, both in her work with them as well as in their lives in general. Her philosophy encompasses the belief in the possibility of meaningful work for everyone who wishes regardless of their educational level, psychological status, or challenges.

Merril’s diverse team of counselors hold similar values and expertise. We believe in possibilities for all people, that everyone has potential for experiencing life satisfaction, and they uses their training and professional networks to support both individuals and organizations optimize those possibilities.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
– Steve Jobs