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Career Coaching

EdCareers staff offers one-on-one and group career coaching to students and alumni as well as a coaching model to support self study. Coaching covers a variety of topics from career exploration to interview and networking techniques.

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For students

We encourage master’s and PhD students to connect with our office early in their programs to explore opportunities and begin developing skills for their career search. Students may sign up for one 30-minute coaching session each quarter.

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For alumni

Wherever you are in your career journey, reconnecting with EdCareers can help you figure out next steps and connect with resources. We offer one 30-minute coaching session per year to GSE alumni.

Schedule a coaching appointment

Use the calendar below to book an appointment with an available coach.

Note: EdCareers Coaching is only available to GSE students and alumni. Current GSE Students may sign up for one coaching session per quarter; GSE Alumni may sign up for one coaching session per year.

The following staff offer career coaching at the GSE.

To book an appointment with a specific coach, use the link below their name.

Nereyda Salinas

Nereyda Salinas, Assistant Dean of Professional Development

Who I coach: undergraduates, master’s, doctoral, alumni

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Book a virtual coaching appointment with Nereyda

Emi Kuboyama

Emi Kuboyama, Director of Career Education and Professional Networks

Who I coach: master’s, doctoral, alumni

Book a virtual coaching appointment with Emi

Alanna Simao

Alanna Simao, Assistant Director of Career Education

Who I coach: undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, alumni

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Book a virtual coaching appointment with Alanna

Heidi Chang

Heidi Chang, Director of Professional Learning

Who I coach: master’s, alumni; focus on career pivot to ed tech

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Book a virtual coaching appointment with Heidi
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Our coaching model

Whether in coaching appointments or during workshops, we use the following model as the organizing structure for career education. For self study, consider where you are in the process to help determine your next steps.


Personal reflection provides the foundation and guides the actions you take in career development. The EdCareers staff can recommend a variety of exercises, books, and assessments to help you articulate your values and career goals as well as your unique assets.


Build your knowledge of the education landscape by attending workshops, panel discussions, and job fairs. EdCareers staff can also recommend useful resources and opportunities available around campus.


Connect with individuals and organizations that interest you. You can do this by networking within your academic program, throughout the GSE, and across Stanford, and by using the EdCareers LinkedIn group.


Once you have a sense of direction, it’s time to manage the nuts and bolts of your job search. The EdCareers Portal and Community Fridays Canvas site have resources on writing cover letters and resumes as well as on interviewing and negotiating. 

Download a PDF of the coaching model.

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