Career Coaching

Career Coaching Overview

Career coaching is a process of equipping people with the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop their own career plans.  The goal of career coaching is to empower people to use their own internal strengths, resources and other assets in finding solutions to their career concerns.  Career coaching is rooted in the latest career development literature and research on appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and solutions focused therapy. Simply said, career coaching helps people bridge the gap between where one is and where wants to be by engaging in a goal oriented, future focused and action oriented process.

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Career coaches will help you define your career goals by providing a structure to your career planning process. We will encourage you, inspire commitment and monitor and validate your progress - we promote persistence. We are here to build a partnership with you so you can take advantage of your internal and external resources. We are future focused, impartial, objective, positive and genuine.

All of our career coaches have education and training in career coaching philosophy and techniques, administering career assessments, researching occupations and KU majors, creating professional resumes, cover letters and CV's, conducting effective job and internship searches and mastering interviewing skills. Our career coaching staff is comprised of full time professional staff and part time graduate interns. All of our coaches have graduate level training in the field of career development.

It's as easy as a phone call to get started with a career coach. Call the University Career Center (864-3624) to schedule an appointment with one of our coaches. We have a variety of career assessments that are very helpful to students. If you are interested in taking a career assessment, you can purchase and complete the assessment before your visit so the results can be reviewed in your appointment with the coach.

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Events, Workshops, & Info Sessions
  1. Monday, August 20, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Kansas Union: 4th floor lobby
  2. Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Burge Union, Forum B
  3. Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Kansas Union: 4th floor lobby


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Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
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Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13