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Career Counseling
for professionals and students in transition 

Tell us your story.  Shape your future.


Sounding Line

A ship uses a sounding line to chart the unknown—casting the line out to navigate and reveal the depths of the water below. Like its nautical namesake, Sounding Line helps you map what lies beneath the surface and use that to confidently explore your career path, discover possibilities and make informed choices.

Reimagine the future of career and set sail


Chart Your Career Path

Through evidence-based practices and a streamlined digital platform to assess and reflect on desires, strengths, and interests, Sounding Line humanizes the career counseling experience, exposing the client to a deeper understanding of their own work and life goals.

Students in Transition

From Gap Year planning to college admissions, Sounding Line works in a collaborative and co-creative context to help students explore options and make inspired choices.

Working Professionals

Whether you are seeking a career change or looking to the future with question marks, the narrative process helps you find meaning, clarity and intention.

Schools & Organizations

Transform career services - Sounding Line consults to rethink and restructure career guidance systems, technology and training.

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Drew McDowell

Drew has spent thirty years cultivating expertise within the in-between spaces of educational and workforce systems, the very places where students, professionals and organizations navigate stability and change.  


Why Sounding Line?

Tell us your story and what drives you and discover how to think radically about how you experience and learn in the world. 

"I needed some time during the pandemic to reevaluate my skills as a designer and stay sharp creativity, Sounding Line provided that and I was able to feed that energy into my projects.."

Melanie M.


"I had always been stymied by the myriad of possibilities for my future. Drew helped me not only narrow down the options, but also reflect on what about my past could mold my future career."

Jesse V.

"Rather than view my career and life as a linear path, I was able to see the whole picture and connect the pieces of the puzzle that have been missing from what aptitude tests alone have told me."

Felicia T.

Working with Drew

I am so grateful for Sounding Line and working with Drew! I was in the process of leaving my position as a teacher assistant and feel like I was never given the opportunity to ask myself, what do I really want to do? Working with Drew was insightful, thorough, and inspiring. The tools he uses are fantastic and give you and all-encompassing perspective into who you are and what is out there for you.

Claire S.

Through conversation and exercises, Drew helped me examine my skills and interests and identify ways of combining them for career application. I appreciated the time and thought Drew put into our sessions. He went above and beyond. Drew's professional experience, combined with his passion for helping me navigate career change, strongly complement each other. I highly recommend Drew to anyone who is seeking guidance for career exploration.

Anthony S.

Drew's background in transfer services and the work he did helping Landmark College implement career development tools for students provides a great building block for Sounding Line and an asset to the community.

Jan C.


Questions? Let's Talk.

Sign up for a free 15-minute consultation and find out how the Sounding Line experience can help you manage changing careers, employment search and successful student transitions.

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