Chuck Polcaster, Ph.D. is president and clinical director of Associates in Professional Counseling and Coaching. The company has four divisions: Clinical Counseling, Executive Coaching, Training and DUI services with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Palos Heights, Plainfield and Frankfort, IL. He offers some great advice for those looking to go into the Psychology and Social Sciences field by proving that there are a number of different options in terms of career choices.

(Photo Courtesy of Dr. Chuck Polcaster)

(Photo Courtesy of Dr. Chuck Polcaster)

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What is your educational background?
“I hold a master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling. I am a registered business coach, member of the World Wide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and the Institute of Coaching Professional Association. I am certified in Leadership Effectiveness Analysis and Emotional Intelligence tools, among others.”

What are some of the aspects of your career that you take pride in?
“I am co-sponsor of the Chicago Leadership Institute’s 2014 Summer Symposium for CEOs. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my career is the ability to use my education and experience to work with some of the area’s top leaders. I take pride in working with executives, physicians and other professionals across a variety of industries.”

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How has education helped you achieve success in your field?
“Formal education provides the background of theory and research needed for a platform of success in my field. Education provides a framework for creative development and business success. As an executive coach, I deal with senior leaders where a high level of coaching capability is expected. Attracting and overseeing a team of quality professionals requires a solid education and experience foundation. This has also opened opportunities for strategic alliances with partner firms, such as Kensington International and Excello Consulting.”

What advice can you give others looking to go into a similar profession?
“I suggest that those interested should understand that there are many options. Start with the end in mind because there are many sub-specializations. A good academic foundation, solid internships and a mentor all help keep you on the path. Research the compensation range for your interests and consider working in the field as you progress through education.”

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