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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 L. 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

Ruzica A. 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 B. 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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Specialty: Deep experience in leading, coaching and developing a wide range of professionals and students


Sina Hajhassan '20

Career Coach
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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

Barbara L. Sedgwick-Billimoria

Barbara L. 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

Bobby Sparks ’82, 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.

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.