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Professional Career Coaches and Counselors

A professional career counselor or coach is trained to help clients at various stages of their careers. These UC San Diego alumni work as professional career counselors and coaches, and offer special rates and services for fellow Tritons. Connect with them on LinkedIn and then send them a message to inquire about career coaching.

Meet Our Coaches and Counselors

Jessica Chen

Jessica Chen ’10

LinkedIn Learning Instructor and Communications & Media Advisor
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Specialty: Offers high-touch business communications strategies to elevate people's speaking and authority


Ruzica Djerki, PhD ’86

Career/Life Coach
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Specialty: Partners with people on their journey through changes and challenges

Amanda B. Flisher

Amanda Flisher ’05

ACC, Self-Leadership Coach and Strengths Educator
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Specialty: Partners, guides, supports and coaches curious individuals who want to learn more about who they are so they can apply it to everything they do

Amy-Louise Goldberg

Amy-Louise Goldberg ’86

Executive Coach and Career Counselor
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Collaborates with emerging and established leaders to tackle the challenges they face as they advance, examining how these hurdles impact their fulfillment and success. Utilizes deep expertise in coaching international students to build careers in the West.


Sina Hajhassan '20

Career Coach and Public Relations Specialist
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Specialty: Helps young professionals and students uncover their talents/strengths to advance in existing roles or land new job opportunities by using custom solutions paired with genuine care and mentorship.

Amber Harris

Amber Harris ’17

Career Coach at Athletes to Careers
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Specialty: Helps athletes seeking careers with world class companies passionate about finding the "Best and Most Diverse" talent

Cherie Heid

Cherie Heid '90, CPRW

Resume Writer at Competitive Edge Resume Service
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Specialty: Resume and cover letter writing, and job search guidance

Corrine Ishio

Corrine Ishio '16, SHRM-CP

Hiring & Career Coach
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Specialty: Corrine, founder of My Working Soul, is a pioneering work innovator specializing in talent acquisition and HR, offering transformative career change services with a focus on technology and retail industries, providing personalized coaching programs for career transition, leadership development and work-life balance.

Mona Johnson

Mona Johnson ’93, MS

Career Counselor
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Specialty: Coaching students and professionals using evidence-based practices in career development and job search.


Will Rippetoe ’12

Career Coach at The Interview Beast
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Specialty: Offers tactical, no-fluff career coaching that helps job seekers land offers.

Barbara L. Sedgwick-Billimoria

Barbara Sedgwick-Billimoria ’82, M.Ed.

Career Counselor
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Specialty: Provides high quality, short-term career counseling using psychological instruments that allow individuals to understand their personality, interests and values in relation to the world of work


Bobby Sparks ’92, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP

Professional Coach
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Specialty: Helps executives and other professionals improve their leadership and their lives

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Priyal Thakur, MEng '14

Leadership and Life Coach | Focus on Emotional Intelligence
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Specialty: Partners with purpose driven individuals, innovators and leaders to use key emotional intelligence skills to follow their intentional goals as well as help them build empathy, collaboration and connection.

Julia Toronczak

Julia Toronczak '18, ACC, WPCC

Confidence Coach
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Specialty: Empowering anxious yet ambitious achievers to overcome self-doubt, boost confidence, and pursue fulfilling careers aligned with their values while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Check Out ClearlyNext

ClearlyNext provides personalized one-on-one career coaching exclusively for UC San Diego alumni. They’ll help you develop a Personal Plan of Action and support you to make changes in your personal and professional life that can be hard to do on your own. This service is available to our alumni at a special discounted rate. Learn more about ClearlyNext and sign up for a free consultation now.