Dr. Levine of Career & Life Options stated she could help me achieve my goal of reentering the job market in a new field (so I followed her advice as directed). Unfamiliar with career counseling and fearful of being unemployed I allowed Dr. Levine to drag the process out until it became extremely clear that she would do so until I was drained of my savings (my savings where what she called my saving grace in this process).
12 meetings at $175 /per 45 min session as follows: 2 consultations, 3 of aptitude testing, 4 of test review, a review of my college transcripts (provided with my resume at our 2nd meeting). At our 11th
session, with no more test to give or review (and my concern with our slow/no progress was raised AGAIN), Dr. Levine took my transcripts and all of the test, and provided the following 3 solutions:
1) would I consider going back to my old job, 2) could my girlfriend get me a job (being she worked in the industry I left), or 3) would I consider buying a Retro Fitness because she continually hears the ads for franchises on the radio and I appear to look as though I like to work out (no -I am not joking).
The initial & 2nd meetings are consultations consisting of boastful claims that "I can get you on the
right track, how would you like to complete your degree & I can get you to where you want to be in life". 3 months & $2,100 later, when all of the "testing" and "assessments" were done, it became clear Dr. Levine had no plan (she still had not even taken the time to review my resume).
I scheduled one final meeting to see if I could walk away with ANYTHING. Dr. Levines positive tone turned negative, as she proceeded to point out my age, lack of degree, and time unemployed (all the same status as at our initial meeting) as the issues. She pushed the ball into my court and combined it with a no magic bullet speech. I walked away with no progress & no gains (just a folder of useless test & vague ideas like go talk to people in the industry youre interested in). Not even an offer to allow me to call with questions, just an open invite to schedule appointments if I need any future help (at a charge).
Dr. Levine charges $175/ per 45 minute session, with total clarity at your initial meeting that she only takes cash or check (if you bounce one, your out), if you cancel without 24-48 hours notice
she will charge you, and if your late, thats off your time.
What she doesnt tell you is 1) she continually answers her phone on your time sometimes as many as 3-4 calls a sessions (rude at best), 2) She often books sessions back to back, causing her to close out
the prior session and prepare for yours on your time (several times I waited outside for her to arrive, again on my time), and the final and best, 3) instead of reviewing my files, college transcripts & resume while I was taking the aptitude test (so to not run up my bill by doing this while I watch her do it at $4/minute), she online shopped and made phone calls on my time.
At this time, I am attempting to apply to the exact colleges she directed me to (but I do not have the sufficient GPA to get accepted -though DR. Levine had my transcripts), nor any idea as to how to maneuver thru the process.
I would hate for anyone who found themself in my position, put their savings and hope into this BS, only to wind up with less of both.