Comfort Career Connections
Using Technology to Explore Career Options
We believe that Qualified Individuals with Invisible Disabilities (Qiwids™) are an essential part of today’s workplace
so we empower our clients to identify their strengths, choose careers they will love, and create their Comfort Jobs.
Are you a Qiwid™?
A Qualified Individual with an Invisible Disability
Our clients are Qiwids (diagnosed and self-diagnosed). We empower them with the tools to discover a career pathway to success. They identify the specific careers and their qualifications that make them the best possible candidate for the jobs they choose. Rich is a Comfort Career Coach uniquely qualified, as a Qiwid, to provide a professional neurodiverse peer-to-peer support experience. He supports each client to be authentic in today’s workplace, reach their full potential, and to enjoy the careers they create!
Do You Love and Support a Qiwid™ Career Seeker?
Not sure how to help your loved one succeed?
Are you the parent, spouse, or family member of a Qiwid career seeker? We understand how frustrating it can be to see the potential of your loved one and not see them fully empowered and successful at work. That’s why we designed our unique Fast Track Comfort Career Audit that adds technology to the career discovery process. We get everyone On the Same Page quickly and help families work together toward agreed-upon realistic goals.
Rich began his Comfort Career Journey™ working in his family’s store. There he learned customer service and retail store operations. Rich enjoyed aspects of business and had seriously considered a career path to business management. But when his older brother was unexpectedly hospitalized with mental illness, Rich put aside his business interests and pursued a degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Armed with this knowledge he hoped to help his brother and others to recover. He was advised that advanced education would be required to even begin to understand the basics of mental illness. With that advice, he attempted to earn a master’s degree in educational psychology from Temple University, but his own mental illness intervened and he was unable to complete the required curriculum.
Rich was not able to become the psychologist he imagined when he started out, but through working a series of Next Step Jobs™ his career journey progressed to a more comfortable place than he had imagined when it began.
After a few years in retail management, Rich worked in the temporary staffing field, at non-profit employment service provider organizations, in higher education, and as a private career coach and disability diversity consultant. Over the years, Rich has helped hundreds of employers in the Greater Philadelphia region hire qualified employees, including many with disabilities.
He has served as chair of the employment committee of the Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities in Philadelphia and on the Workforce Development Board in Montgomery County, PA.
In 1998, Rich launched his first business that helped people with disabilities find jobs that allowed them to reach their full potential. And, in 2009, Rich became a certified talent solutions consultant with Harrison Assessments, Inc. Using the Harrison Assessment career reports, he began to develop the Fast Track Comfort Career Audit™.
Today, Rich enjoys helping career seekers discover their career options and plan their career pathway to their Comfort Job. But his greatest joy is when he can share some aspect of his personal story with a Qiwid client and help them move out of their comfort zone and into their Comfort Career. This is the fulfillment of his own Comfort Job™; working to stop the stigma of disability and supporting mental health wellness.