Career Coaching

The Office of Career Services (OCS) MBA Career Coaching team provides guidance for every single student in pursuit of career development and/or conducting a job search. Our career coaches have worked in higher education and in industry and bring their professional perspectives to the work they now do with students. Coaches offer a web of support to students as they position themselves for entry-level and next-level roles across industries and functions.

One-on-one coaching support includes: clarification of career targets; building a strong value proposition; embedding that value proposition in your resume, cover letters, LinkedIn profile and interview stories; developing a networking plan; reviewing search correspondence; preparing and practicing for interviews; and negotiating job offers.

A Co-Active Coaching Partnership

Each of you has individualized career goals and aspirations and your coach will be your partner in your career development during your time at Smith. Along the way, your career coach will be dedicated to meeting you where you are in your career journey and facilitating your way forward. The coaching relationship is confidential and based on the unconditional belief in your authentic and valuable contributions to business and society. A co-active coaching model requires that both sides of the partnership participate. Below are the mutual expectations and commitments.

Coach Student
  • A commitment to building a trusted relationship
  • Active participation in OCS career curricula, programming and coaching
  • Genuine care for your professional growth and a commitment to you, your career and your best interests
  • A learning partnership to help clarify your goals, collaborate and brainstorm best approaches to your search
  • A commitment to building a trusted relationship
  • Active participation in OCS career curricula, programming and coaching
  • Ownership of your career success; taking responsibility for assessing choices, making decisions and taking appropriate action
  • A learning approach to the ambiguities of career development with openness to success, failure and trying again