After studying psychology in Utrecht, and having worked as a psychologist in the Dutch Royal Air-force, Gerard Karelse joined the Philips Company Psychology Department in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in 1980. In this position he has been active in a broad range of Labor and Organization Psychology for several businesses’ sections. In this staff department, experience has been built up with selection and organizational research and guiding employees in training and individual counseling.
Gerard Karelse accompanies the candidate on the path to conquer a new job and to overcome the disappointments that are often inevitable. Job hunting is the order of the day when there are “hits” with the business relationships of Karelse Consultancy. The candidate is introduced into the extensive network that Karelse Consultancy has built up over the past 25 years. Karelse Consultancy offers counseling programs for 6, 9 or 12 months and has built up a specific expertise to coach people with a technical background.
In 1999, Gerard Karelse established himself in Eindhoven, Netherlands as an independent consultant. He operates from this office for several large and small organizations, in both, profit and nonprofit ones. He uses freelancers to carry out assessment missions and occasional colleagues for larger contracts.
The commitment to his work-field has found expression in lectures and publishing several articles in both newspapers and professional magazines on topics such as employability, the work market, outplacement and career development (see publications).