Penny Loretto has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, career counseling, and internship advisement.
Penny is currently the Associate Director in the Career Services office at a small liberal arts college. Penny has her own career counseling practice, Career Choice, where she works with adults in career transition. Penny is available for career planning workshops including researching career options, job search strategies, and resume development. Penny is recognized as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) with the state of New York, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Master Career Counselor (MCC), and a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC). She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).
Penny has a B.S. in business, with a concentration in human resources management from Empire State College (SUNY) in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also earned a Master's degree in education, with a concentration in counseling from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
As a career transitioner myself, I enjoy assisting others in their career journeys. Career success depends on many factors and each experience brings us closer to where we ultimately want to be in our career. Each experience is part of our journey and helps to prepare us for our next role in life. I started out many years ago working in human resources and then stopped for a period of time to travel and raise my family. I held a variety of part-time jobs while my children were growing up and then returned to the workforce full-time. After more than ten years in human resources, I returned to college as a non-traditional student to do what I ultimately loved to do, counseling. I did an internship at a local counseling center for 6 months and the following year I completed an internship in career counseling at a four year liberal arts college where I was then offered the position of internship coordinator and later became the assistant director.