Meet the Expert

Soma Bhattacharyya McCandless

  • Specializing in vocational evaluations and career coaching since 2018.

  • Experienced vocational counselor providing services for clients and attorneys in divorce cases.

  • Qualified vocational expert, providing testimony in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Contra Costa counties.

  • Highly knowledgeable and adept researcher of local area vocational and education programs, labor market issues, job availability, and current salaries and wages.

  • Skilled at assessing strengths and understanding challenges of clients with a wide variety of vocational backgrounds.

  • Able to travel for testimony, and/or provide via Court Call or online as necessary.

As an expert, Soma draws from her experience of over 14 years in the fields of technology consulting, education and working in the non-profit sector.

Soma is a San Francisco Bay Area local, born and raised in the East Bay. She later raised her now college aged children in the Silicon Valley and understands the challenges of finding balance in this area.


  • B.A., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • M.A., Education/Multicultural Counseling, San Diego State University

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Bay Area Vocational Experts (Visit BAVE to learn more.)

  • Member, American Board of Vocational Experts

  • Member, National Career Development Association

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section


  • Strong Interest Inventory Assessment

  • Mental Health Recovery and Trauma Informed Care, San Diego State University


Contact Us

Soma McCandless Vocational Consulting

1030 E. El Camino Real, #405, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Email: | Phone: 408-412-1307