Career Services: Office of Career Planning

The Office of Career Planning offers a wide variety of services for students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff. Our goal is to engage students and alumni in strategic career management as a lifelong practice.

ABOUT

LOCATION

536 Mission Street
The HUB, Suite 1381
San Francisco, CA 94105

OFFICE HOURS

Mon, Tue, Thu: 10am - 6pm
Wed: 10 am - 7 pm
Fri: 10 am - 5 pm

 

CONTACT

STAFF

NEEPA PARIKH, MS, LPCC

Director / Career Consultant

Neepa Parikh works with students and alumni in developing opportunities for career satisfaction. Neepa provides ongoing assistance with interviewing, job search, salary negotiations, and networking strategies. In addition to working with students, Neepa manages GGU's employer relations program. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers.

Prior to joining the team at GGU, Neepa provided comprehensive career services at Mills College and has experience counseling within higher education, high school and a juvenile detention center. She has also spent some time abroad and is fluent in Spanish.

She is a CA Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Neepa holds an MS in counseling with a career and college specialization from San Francisco State University and a BA in criminology from the University of California, Irvine. She also spent a year studying abroad in Costa Rica. Pura vida!

JULIE SALZMAN, MS, LPCC

Assistant Director / Career Consultant

Julie Salzman maintains a portfolio career as career consultant at GGU and an adjunct lecturer at GGU and San Francisco State University. In the Office of Career Planning at GGU, she consults with students who are wondering how to best utilize their GGU degrees in the workplace in addition to assisting students and alumni hone their job searching skills.

Prior to her current position, Julie was the Disability Services Coordinator at GGU and prior to that that, she worked in the non-profit sector as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with adults who were considering various career options. Julie has tried on many careers herself, including: staffing and catering manager, trek leader and tour guide, massage therapist, personal trainer, and athletic trainer.

She is a CA Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

KANDIS RODGERS, M.Ed

Assistant Director / Career Consultant

Kandis Rodgers is dedicated to the personal and professional development of all students, graduates, and alumni. Serving as a resource for employer relations, Kandis utilizes her strengths of relationship building, unique collaboration creations, and empowerment to build on the resources and connections needed for continuous career satisfaction and success.

Prior to becoming a member of the GGU Office of Career Planning team, Kandis was a Career Services Advisor at DeVry University providing career counseling and employer relations throughout all of Northern California and Nevada. She has also served as Program Administrator at Missouri University of Science and Technology, facilitating conversations and developing programs focused on leadership development and cultural competence.

Kandis holds her Masters of Education with a focus on higher education counseling in addition to a Bachelor’s of Social Work, both from Bloomsburg University.

RYAN FRECHETTE, CMA

Career Counseling Intern

Ryan Frechette works closely with students and alumni to address their most pressing career concerns, ranging from professional resume and cover letter assistance, to interview and networking techniques. He believes that having an enriching vocational foundation is an integral component for an overall better quality of life and strives to help students identify which roles they are best suited for.

Prior to joining GGU, Ryan worked as a Career Counseling Intern for the Undergraduate Advising Center at San Francisco State University. He also has 3 years of professional experience working in corporate tax and accounting at a Fortune 50 company. Ryan has held numerous internship positions with large financial institutions such as UBS, State Street Bank and Fidelity Investments and he is also a Certified Management Accountant.

Ryan is currently studying for his MS in Counseling with a career specialization at San Francisco State University and holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He also has 3 years of experience living abroad in Asia, where he founded a language center and also taught English in a public high school setting.

JAMES BONNER

Administrative Assistant

James (Jimmy) Bonner is a graduate from San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a BA in English Education with an emphasis in Linguistics. During his time at SFSU, he worked in the Office of International Programs, helping incoming exchange students. He also studied abroad in South Korea.

Jimmy has also tutored English, working with middle school students, high school students, and college ESL students in the United States, and Korean students while in South Korea.

POLICIES
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Office of Career Planning is to provide students and alumni with the support, resources and opportunities to make informed career decisions.