Technical Career Coaching for University Students
For university cohorts and professionals seeking to transform and land their dream job by graduation
Are you ready to transform your technical career to the next level?
I lack a large and influential network of professionals to leverage as job interview referrals and mentorship
I am not clear how to differentiate my technical skills and profile in a crowded job market
I am unaware of the technical, leadership, and behavioral skills I need in addition to the curriculum to stand out with prospective employers
I am undecided on what technical career path to pursue and this hesitation is negatively influencing my job search
I lack the confidence and experience to excel in technical interviews
Selling myself is not something that comes easy, yet I know I can’t count on qualifications alone to land a job in a competitive market
And that leads to applying to 100s of jobs with minimal interest and feedback. As a data & AI leader and executive coach, I will guide and accelerate your transformation to increase your likelihood of landing a job prior to graduation.
package, position, and promote your unique technical profile to stand out
Strengthen technical and essential non-technical skills to advance your career to the next level
Build and promote a unique combination of technical skills and personal traits to stand out
Expand and strengthen a network of technical professionals and leaders to increase luck and learning
The ultimate outcome and success measure is maximizing student job offers. While I do not fully control this outcome, I partner with students in the following areas to increase the likelihood. Student satisfaction is measured by short surveys after each coaching session.
Each technical field generally has numerous paths that students can pursue upon graduation. Strategically selecting a path based on a student’s skills, identity, and preferences is essential to developing a portfolio of skills and guiding the job search.
I collaborate with students to build and promote a unique technical profile to stand out with recruiters and hiring managers. The other intent is to increase inbound demand. I partner with a university’s career center as an extended member to focus on building the technical acumen of a student’s profile.
Growing a strong network is critical to landing a new job and advancing in a chosen field. Students must learn to develop strategic relationships with industry experts, hiring managers, and recruiters to learn from, promote their profile, and increase the surface area of luck.
YOUR EXPERT COACH
As a lifelong learner with three higher education degrees and coaching certification, I know how transformational a university program can be to taking your career to the next level. My experience is that transforming to this level takes more than a degree. It requires strategically targeting a path to be pursued after graduation, building a unique and memorable profile to stand out, and a network of people who can open doors and support your journey.
I have many years of experience working with early-in-career professionals. I coached and mentored 100s of recent graduates as an IT leader at Microsoft and serve as a Technical Career Coach at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My “why” for coaching is simply that I love the outcome – saving people valuable time, opening a door that leads to a job offer, or strategically guiding a path that becomes life-changing. I am lucky to have accrued many stories that serve as fuel as a force multiplier through the work that my coachees move on to pursue.
I am here to help you do the same.
Experienced technology executive as a Chief Product Officer, Chief Information Officer and Data Leader.
Extensive experience coaching 100+ people with high customer satisfaction
Delivered career strategy workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and speaking at events that reached 3K+ people at Microsoft
MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and Master of Information and Data Science from the School of Information, University of California at Berkeley
Instructor for the Berkeley Haas School of Business course “Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage”
Technical Career Coach for MS Business Analytics program at Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Brown University / ACT Leadership and Performance Coaching certification (in-progress)
James is an amazing career coach. He took the time to go over every single point in my resume and LinkedIn profile, and provided improvement for the same. He helped prep for interviews as well, to the extent where his advice helped me be more confident and convert the role I was looking for! He is extremely knowledgeable and his advice is super helpful. Thank you for helping out MSBA at Gies!
In a world hardly free of biased suggestions, James shines by giving honest and balanced advice. He has a remarkable talent for career coaching. Thanks to his crisp and clear suggestions, my resume now effectively highlights my strengths and achievements, giving me newfound confidence in my professional presentation. His attention to clarity and awareness of what will boost your presence as an applicant in the eye of a recruiter cannot be highlighted enough. Anyone would be graced to him as a guide in his/her resume grooming or job hunt.
James has great knowledge in career coaching. I worked with him on my Resume and Cover Letter. He helped me rewrite my resume to clearly portray what I did, how I did it, and the impact (why) it had on the organization. We also spent a lot of time writing a cover letter, looking at each component of the job description and tying it to my skills and experience to show how I would be a good fit for the position I would be applying to. His help provided clarity with a lot of components from each item, and he was always available to request for meeting to go over revisions or clarify any question (s) I had.
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HOW COACHING WORKS
I co-create a coaching program with the director of the academic program and director of the career center given the resources and needs of the university.
Groups events are generally tailored to student needs with a focus on topics, strategies, and open Q&A relevant to the program cohort.
Students engage in multiple one-on-one coaching sessions throught the academics program to personalize recommendations and support.
Q: Is technical career coaching a replacement for a university’s career center?
A: No. Technical career coaching is a specialized focus on technical areas and extensive industry domain expertise that a university’s career center generally cannot provide.
Students schedule one-on-one sessions on the coach’s calendar for personalized coaching that dictated by the student. Sessions are recorded for students to reviews the topic and recommendations discussed.
In between live sessions, the students and coach collaborate through email and messaging.
Student have access to a curated document of strategies, tactics, and resources I update weekly for common coaching topics. The intent is to enable students digest these resources on their own time.
A newsletter focused on ideas and technology to shape high performance and evolving into your self.
Students will have access to a large network of professionals at leading companies (e.g., Apple, Microsoft, Google, Meta, Databricks) and major tech hubs, including Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Austin.
HOW COACHING WORKS
This coaching program is initiated by students who desire additional coaching beyond the university-sponsored program or as individuals at any university. I offer monthly programs and student discounts.
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