My name is Phil Rice and my passion is to help people understand the difference between their vocation and their avocation and how to live a balanced life.  Whether you are trying to figure out the best college major or how to navigate a new career, I help through proven methods of career coaching and assessment using The Birkman Method, and the Campbell Interests and Sills Survey.  I am also certified to use the FiroB and Myers Briggs questionnaires.

After graduating college with a degree in engineering, I quickly discovered I had chosen a career that I didn’t like. Thus began my personal journey to not only determine what my true career should be, but to help others do the same. I spent the last 25 years working in Employment Recruiting, Executive Staffing, and Management Selection and Development. I have expertise in the energy, computer, entertainment, aerospace, government, hardware and agriculture industries.In addition to my “day job,” I also worked privately with friends and colleagues’children, coaching them along their educational and career paths. After retiring from my position as VicePresident in charge of Human Resources for Baker Hughes, a multi-national, Fortune 500 company,I founded Rice and Associates in 1995 and began the JumpStart program to continue my life and career planning services for young adults.

Before working as a Vice President of Human Resources, I earned a Masters Degree in Business and Managemetn at the Claremont Graduate University – Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.  I also hold a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from California State University.  I have also completed two years of graduate study in Industrial Psychology and served as adjunct faculty at San Jacinto and Houston Community,I would love to help you come to know yourself better and turn your avocation into your vocation.

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