Career Coaching

Work with a career coach to enhance your job search. Get your resume reviewed, set professional goals, and create an action plan to reach your objectives.

Smeal Alumni Career Services offers a customized, 5-session career coaching program to meet the needs of our talented alumni seeking career advancement or management, including at the executive level. All matters discussed in our sessions will be held in strict confidence consistent with Penn State’s policy regarding privacy and the protection of an individual’s personal information. Topics addressed depend on the client’s agentic focus on one or more of the following:

  • Career transition planning
  • Self-exploration
  • Market research
  • Job search strategy
  • Marketing materials
  • Personal branding
  • Networking
  • Interview preparation
  • Negotiation
  • Continued Education

Career coaching offers a unique combination of support for exploratory career thinking and a structure of accountability to mobilize progress.  As career coaches at Smeal, we do give advice (though not unsolicited) and we may employ counseling techniques. Our role, however, is distinct from “advisors” and “counselors” because the client/coach partnership facilitates goal attainment through actionable insights. For motivated, proactive clients who take action between sessions, the process becomes both meaningful and productive. 

Before proceeding with career coaching registration, please read our coaching agreement to learn more about our protocol and reflect on your “coachability” at this time to get the most out of our program. 

Register here.