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Pathfinders is one of the Washington, DC-area's leading career consulting firms. We specialize in using cutting-edge technologies to help people design and choose careers they'll naturally excel in.

Pathfinders' senior career consultant, Anthony A. Spadafore, is one of the leading career decision specialists in the United States. In addition to being a leader in developing ground-breaking career design technologies, he has almost 20 years of experience career coaching the most talented and educated people in the world.

Anthony Spadafore is the coauthor of a pioneering career guide for students, twenty-somethings, and young professionals; Now What? The Young Person's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career, (May 2008, Simon and Schuster), in a major collaboration book project with career guru, Nicholas Lore, the creator of the career coaching field and founder of the world renowned Rockport Institute.

What we do

Pathfinders helps people of all ages and professions figure out what they're best at doing. We use powerful career aptitude testing tools and career-decision techniques to advise and career counsel people on how to design a career path that fits their inborn aptitudes, natural abilities, and personality traits.

The conventional wisdom that "you can do anything you want" is leading most people down the wrong road. At least 70% of people are not doing what they're naturally cut out for, but don't know how to fix their dilemma. That's where we come in; we help you get absolutely clear about your career direction.

Philosophy

You were born with a set of natural gifts that won't change, and even with lots of practice, your underlying aptitudes and natural abilities will remain steadfast throughout your whole life. Same goes with your weak spots; they'll always be awkward no matter how hard you try to improve them.

Whatever your weaknesses, let them be, why torture yourself? Neuroscientists know these facts about human abilities, so we put brain science to use to help people like you. You are what you are; you might as well make a living at doing what comes naturally.

Mission

Our mission is to make it possible for people all over the world to make smart career decisions that lead to highly productive, vital, and fulfilling lives. Since 1991, Pathfinders has helped over 3,000 people worldwide make well-thought out career choices. Our expertise can help you fully understand your innate potential, and if you're up to it, we can also show you what it takes to apply your natural abilities to put yourself on course to make a real difference.

Vision

A world where the majority of people are doing what they do best, and care about what they do. How fun would that place be? Imagine how fast and efficiently we'd solve major problems, and how high the quality of our work would be. Hey, the animal kingdom is already there—just ask your dog!

Local

Our office is conveniently located in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. We are just a short drive from Washington, D.C., Arlington VA, Fairfax VA, and most of Northern Virginia, and we are metro accessible.

International

We work with clients from around the world by telephone and Skype webcam. No matter where you are or what you do, we can help.

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