I‘m passionate about helping you live your best life, both professionally and personally. I believe there is always a solution, or at least some way to improve a situation and ease stress. Having over twenty years’ experience, I have coached executives, career-changers, entrepreneurs, students, and back-to-work professionals of all kinds to achieve career and life satisfaction.
I provide virtual coaching in Chicagoland and nationwide for: career direction, career and leadership assessments, job search and networking strategies, resume building, self-branding, LinkedIn optimization, C-Suite, executive, and leadership coaching, communication coaching, ADHD coaching, and life coaching.
Blending my business acumen and experience with my knowledge of mental wellness, I offer clients a unique coaching perspective. I provide genuine caring and personalized resources to help you build a realistic plan to gain success and satisfaction.
Education/Certifications: M.A. in Human Resources; M.S. in Counseling; Certified Leadership Instructor, AchieveGlobal; Certified Career Counselor, NCDA; IL Licensed Professional Counselor; National Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors; Certified MBTI Administrator, Consulting Psychology Press; Certified Affiliate and Certified Personal Vision Coach, Highlands Ability Battery; Certified Volunteer Teacher – for ADHD, CHADD.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to work with Marilyn! She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, professional, patient, and adaptive to my needs. Decision making around a career has been a very difficult personal process, and working with Marilyn has been like a lifeline!”
“Mrs. Fettner helped me become more organized, goal and action-oriented at work. She helped me learn how to champion myself and my contributions to the role. Her guidance allowed me to take the leap to another firm that increased my income by 25%!”
“I came to Marilyn for career counseling because I wanted to have a better sense of direction for the second half of my working adulthood. Her assistance was absolutely invaluable. Marilyn's whole person approach, where she combines the Highland Ability testing with the Strong Inventory and the Myers-Briggs assessment, helped me understand how my personality, my natural abilities, and my learned skills all work together and translate into a career. The Highland test was actually one of the most helpful assessments I have ever done. Some of the results surprised me - I learned things about myself that I never realized, and those results opened career possibilities for me that I would have never even known about or considered. Marilyn is very knowledgable, professional and relatable, and I am very grateful that I worked with her. Ultimately, I ended up with a job that is very satisfying because it is a great fit for who I truly am. Thank you, Marilyn!”
I feel very fortunate to be able to work with Marilyn! She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, professional, patient,... and adaptive to my needs. Decision making around a career has been a very difficult personal process, and working with Marilyn has been like a lifeline!read more
I decided to see Marilyn after a particularly difficult time in my previous career. I needed a change and was hoping... for some insight into a new path and she exceeded all of my expectations. She is a great listener and when she chimes in with her thoughts she is pointed and insightful. You can tell she really enjoys what she does and cares very much about helping people find a satisfying career. I ended up going in a direction I never would have considered had we not met and I am very pleased with the results. 10/10!read more
Mrs. Fettner helped me become more organized, goal and action-oriented at work. She helped me learn how to champion... myself and my contributions to the role. Her guidance allowed me to take the leap to another firm that increased my income by 25%!read more
Working with Marilyn has not only been extremely helpful for job searching, but has also given me overall confidence... outside of the sessions. She takes the time to listen and adapt her teachings to fit my work style.read more
The amount of knowledge and resources that I received when working with Marilyn are truly invaluable. I obtained a... deeper understanding of myself, and gained major insight into my abilities and patterns of learning. With all this newfound information I was able to confidently take the next steps in both my life and in my career decisions. For this I am truly grateful, and would definitely recommend Marilyn to anyone uncertain about their career, or even those who are simply interested in understanding a little more about themselves.read more
Marilyn is awesome! She provided me with so many tools to look for not only a job I’d be interested or good at but... the values that are important to you. Really well rounded experience and I plan to keep playing around with these tools. Plus I was able to get a new job that i’m really looking forward to starting in a few weeks!read more
I am a psychotherapist in private practice in the Bucktown area of Chicago. I have only positive things to say about... Marilyn, as do my own clients who have worked with her as an adjunct to their own therapy. Marilyn is extremely professional and reliable. She uses targeted assessment tools to gage clients' needs and values in order to help them determine the best path forward. She is holistic in her approach, so she takes into account the big-picture when zeroing in on particular obstacles that each client is wrestling with. She is simultaneously warm and genuine, and totally professional. I always feel very confident in referring my clients (and friends) to Marilyn.read more
As a therapist and consultant for organizations, I come across many career coaches and counselors. There are very few... professional career counselors who I would recommend as highly as Marilyn Fettner. Not only is she skilled in objectively assessing a client’s needs, aptitudes and interests but she has the gift to see past the objective data and tune into the person behind the tests. She also is a remarkable trainer and coach using her years of experience in the corporate world to help clients ready themselves for interviewing as well as helping them learn the skills necessary to thrive in their jobs. I have referred people to Marilyn - from those just starting out in their career to those people who have worked for years and are looking to the next step. After working with Marilyn, they have reported that the experience was extremely valuable both in the present and learning skills to take them into the future.read more
I have had the pleasure of knowing Marilyn for nearly a decade. I have only positive things to say related to her both... as a person and as a career coach and counselor. Marilyn is widely known as an expert life coach and for her career counseling throughout the Chicago area. She is passionate about what she does and is a true professional. I would highly recommend her to family, friends, or anyone else needing help personally or professionally.read more