About Pathfinders: Career Design Consulting

Anthony A. Spadafore, Career Choice Consultant

Anthony Spadafore : Career Consultant in Charlottesville, VA

Anthony specializes in natural talent testing and career design coaching. His firm, Pathfinders, moved to Charlottesville, VA in the summer of 2020. After 25 years of building a thriving practice in the Washington, DC area, Pathfinders career consulting is excited to bring its career design expertise to the Charlottesville area.

What We’re About

Pathfinders’ mission, and passion, is to make it possible for people all over the world to make sound career choices that lead to an authentic, purposeful, and fulfilling livelihood.

Pathfinders was created by Anthony A. Spadafore, a career coach, author, and career direction expert, in 1991. Anthony became fascinated by the random way that many highly educated people fall into ill-suited careers, where many don’t realize the depth of their career mismatch until well after college or grad school. So, he took on a massive project to co-develop a ground-breaking “career design” approach and toolkit to solve this undiagnosed and misunderstood wicked problem. Anthony’s vision is that colleges and universities will soon take on this challenge and integrate an intentionally guided career design and choice approach into the core purpose of getting a Bachelor’s degree.

Our Expertise

Anthony is recognized as a leading expert in the application of the emerging science of natural talent variationthat we all have a personal mix or pattern of innate abilities and personality traits that equip us with the potential to become “naturals” at specific career endeavors. Innate propensities operate as a powerful internal navigation compass to help steer our lives and careers toward well-being. Once Anthony’s clients uncover their “talent ballpark,” a specific range of careers that fit their individual nature, their direction and sense of purpose become clearer.

Anthony has 25 years of career consulting experience. He has worked with more than 3,500 highly educated people from all over the world and is the co-author of Now What? The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career, (May 2008, Simon and Schuster), in collaboration with career design pioneer Nick Lore. Now What is considered a masterwork by career coaching professionals for its inventive career design approach and students, twenty-somethings, and young professionals rave about it.


» Bio: Anthony Spadafore

» Podcast: The Pathfinders story on The Curiosity Hour

» LinkedIn articles


Our career consulting practice is located in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlottesville, VA. We are currently working exclusively online during the COVID pandemic, serving clients nationally and globally, including Washington, DC and Northern Virginia (Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA), Central Virginia (Richmond, VA, and Harrisonburg, VA), NYC, San Francisco, London, European Union and many other countries.

No matter where you are or what you do, we can help.