About Pathfinders: Career Design Consulting

Anthony A. Spadafore

Pathfinders Career Design is a career coaching firm that specializes in natural talent testing and career design. Pathfinders is now physically located in Charlottesville, VA and also serves clients online in Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Washington, DC and around the world.

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

Pathfinders was created by Anthony A. Spadafore, a career coach, author, and career direction expert, in 1991. Anthony co-developed a ground-breaking “career design” approach and toolkit in response to his fascination with the random way that many fall into ill-suited careers, often without realizing it until well after college or grad school—an undiagnosed wicked problem. Anthony’s vision is that colleges 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.

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 experience working 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), the pioneering career design and choice guide for students, twenty-somethings, and young professionals co-written with career design pioneer Nick Lore.


» Bio: Anthony Spadafore

» Podcast: The Pathfinders story on The Curiosity Hour

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Our career consulting office is conveniently located in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlottesville, VA. We also work regularly online with clients from Washington, DC and Northern Virginia metro area, including Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA, Richmond, VA, and Harrisonburg, VA. Pathfinders is relocating our physical office to Charlottesville in June 2020, after an incredible 20-year adventure in Old Town, Alexandria.

U.S. Wide and International

We coach clients from around the world by Zoom and Skype. No matter where you are or what you do, we can help.