Frequently Asked Questions About Whole U.®

Whole U. is a career and life strategy consultancy that helps clients develop the clarityconfidence, and connections to pursue their life's work. Whole U. supports individuals in living a balanced, purposeful life. 

Whole U. is for anyone experiencing some type of life transition. Someone who strives to be their best, and wants to create positive change for themselves, their community, and the world. This could be someone who is new to their city . . .  job searching . . .  returning to the workforce . . .  or simply wanting to feel better about themselves. Whole U. is for you, if you: 

  1. Desire more meaningful work, but are unclear what your ideal job is.
  2. Want to discover your passion and true interests.
  3. Need help figuring out where to apply your skills.
  4. Need help with your job search & application materials (cover letter & resume).
  5. Would like to develop your professional brand.
  6. Want to start fresh and start a side business.
  7. Want to stay motivated and interact with like-minded individuals.
  8. Want to improve your networking skills. 
  9. Want to pursue your life's work with confidence.
  10. Are tired of settling for less than what you know you deserve.

Whole U. offers advising sessions on living holistic, purposeful lives - consulting on image, career, networking, cultural, and life strategies to help connect people to meaningful jobs and service projects. This could be: fine-tuning a cover letter and resume, helping connect to a particular person or company; or advising on how to effectively present one's self.

Sessions are always customized to meet each individual's professional and personal goals. Whole U. Career & Life Coaching Topics Include: 

(1) Career Advising

  • Job search
  • Resume & Cover Letter writing
  • LinkedIn
  • Interviewing
  • Confident communication & public speaking
  • Networking 
  • Work/ life balance

(2) Executive Coaching:

  • Mindfulness

  • Goal Setting

  • Leadership
  • Image/ Professional Brand
  • Confidence/ Posture
  • Relationships
  • Outplacement

(3) Purpose:

  • Service
  • Volunteering
  • Legacy

Whole U.'s signature service is the 5-step Career Development Program. Through this program, you will learn how to:

  1. Clarify your goals
  2. Identify your skills, strengths, and purpose
  3. Enhance your Professional Tool Kit (Resume, Cover Letter & LinkedIn)
  4. Communicate with confidence
  5. Develop connections and network effectively

Whole U. sessions are customized to meet clients' personal and professional goals. We value the importance of work/life balance, and encourage you to dive deep into discovering your true passions as you journey to pursue your life’s work. 

The Whole U. team strives to stay connected with clients and continues to develop an active Alumni Network to provide further connections and resources, well after their program has ended.

Shannon O'Brien, MA, EdM. started Whole U. after working at Harvard and MIT for 7 years. You can read more about her background and mission via this link:

Whole U. programs incorporate Eastern philosophy, personal development, and positive psychology, and draw upon research obtained from books, retreats, workshops, and coaching sessions. 

Whole U. was founded in 2012.

Whole U. is not a headhunter or placement firm. Therefore cannot guarantee a new job. Client results vary. Some get jobs during the process. Others don't.

What the Whole U. program DOES guarantee is to help in gaining more clarity, confidence and connections in your life and career.

You can read testimonials from clients who received support through the program: 



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