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Cal U Career Coach Program

The Cal U Career Coach Program connects students (protégés) with alumni and friends of the university (Career Coaches) to advance the students' professional development. Through one-on-one matches with professionals, students gain insight and advice as they consider their career options, gain essential skills to transition from college to the workplace, and begin establishing a network of alumni and other professionals they'll need as they enter the work world.


Student (Protégé) Information

The Career Coach Program is a competitive program designed for motivated Cal U rising seniors and juniors (or first year graduate students in a two year program) who want to gain a career advantage!  Students can apply as early as the end of their sophomore year through the end of their junior year. Interested students must complete the online application and submit at least two recommendations from Cal U faculty, staff or employers by early April each year. Applicants may also be interviewed by the Career Coach committee. 

Once accepted into the Cal U Career Coach Program, students must:

- Attend a two hour orientation

- Interact with their Career Coach a minimum of three times per semester.

See Student FAQs for additional information.

Career Coach Information

Professionals today have so much desire to give back, but often can't find the time to do it. This program is perfect for busy professionals like you, because it provides an opportunity to assist with the professional development of a future Cal U alumnus, yet is flexible to match your schedule.  Career Coaches must submit the Career Coach registration form in order to be matched with a protégé. See Career Coach FAQs for additional information.

What happens after I apply?

Career coaches and student protégés are matched based on a variety of factors, including career interests, on- and off-campus activities, geographical interests, and personal strengths and areas for improvement. We will do our best to match all interested applicants based on these factors.

Protégés and Career Coaches will be expected to attend an orientation (an online orientation will be available for Career Coaches unable to attend the live orientation). Career Services and Alumni Relations will provide opportunities for the coach and protégé to meet in the form of workshops and networking events throughout the year.

Planning for Success

The program is structured to ensure opportunity for success, but flexible enough to meet the needs of the Career Coach and protégé. Each pair will decide how and when to communicate throughout the school year. This could be a monthly phone call or e-mail, attendance at a university event, or some combination that works best with your schedules. Examples of Career Coach/protégé activities could include:

  • Talk via phone, e-mail or Skype about topics such as career options, professional networking, resumes and interviewing, expectations as your protégé begins his or her career after college, and tips for career advancement.
  • Attend an on campus career event together (i.e. the Mock Networking Reception and Etiquette Dinner or an alumni networking event)
  • Job shadow between semesters or during breaks
  • Attend an off-campus career related event or meeting to network with other professionals (i.e. a professional association meeting or conference or business lunch.)

What It Is, What It's Not

The Career Coach Program is a consultative relationship in which Career Coaches, by sharing their own rich experience and professional network, provide personalized feedback and guidance to students. By participating in the program, students are investing in their own professional development. This Program is not an employment program; there is no expectation that a Career Coach provides or arranges employment for a student.

Additional Information

Please contact Meaghan Clister in Career Services at (724) 938-4413 or for additional information.

Applications and Forms

Career Coach Registration Form (for alumni and friends of Cal U)

Student Protégé Application (for students)

Career Coach Recommendation Form (for faculty, staff and employers)

Resources for Career Coaches and Proteges