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

40 Jessie Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

OFFICE HOURS

Mon - Thu: 10am - 6pm
Fri: 10am - 5pm


CONTACT

STAFF

NEEPA PARIKH, MS

Associate Director / Career Consultant

Neepa Parikh is a dedicated career counseling professional who works with both students and alumni in developing opportunities for career satisfaction. Neepa loves resumes and provides ongoing assistance with interviewing, job search and networking strategies. In addition to working with students, Neepa manages GGU's employer relations program.

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.

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.

LAURA SNOW BENOIT, MA

Assistant Director /  Career Consultant

Laura Snow Benoit is a career coach who supports individuals achieve their career goals through strategic job search planning, resume development, and enhancing their interview skills.

Before joining GGU, Laura worked as a human resources generalist at a social services nonprofit in Chicago, where she was actively involved in recruiting and on-boarding. She also volunteered as a career coach for the Career Transitions Center of Chicago and was a career intern at the Colorado College Career Center. In her free time, she loves volunteering in the community and participating in triathlons.

Laura received her master of arts degree in counseling and organizational psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in August 2011. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from The Colorado College in 2007. She is a qualified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois.

JULIE SALZMAN

Assistant Director / Career Consultant

Julie 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. Before her time at GGU, Julie worked in the non-profit sector as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with adults who were considering various career options. Before exploring careers with others, she spent time trying on many careers herself, including: staffing manager in food service, catering manager, trek leader and tour guide, massage therapist, personal trainer, and athletic trainer.

Julie earned a masters degree in career counseling from San Francisco State University and a bachelors degree in physical education with an athletic training emphasis. She is a nationally-certificated counselor and is working on becoming a licensed professional clinical counselor in California.

RACHEL FULD COHEN

Career Counseling Intern

Rachel Fuld Cohen partners with students and alumni on their most pressing job search and career needs. She is available to meet on an ongoing basis or in a one-time session to tackle topics such as general career exploration, writing a stellar resume, preparing for interviews, networking, and creating a job search plan. Rachel brings experience from her previous work as a corporate recruiter and graduate level university advisor. She is currently studying for her MS in counseling with a career specialization at San Francisco State University. She previously earned her BS in psychology from Columbia University in New York.

MICHELLE TRUMBO

Career Counseling Intern

Michelle loves working with students and alumni to help them identify and achieve their career goals. With career counseling experience in both academic and nonprofit settings, Michelle is available to assist individuals with exploring career options, crafting their resume, preparing for interviews, and initiating and refining their job search. Michelle is currently working toward her MS in counseling with a career counseling specialization at San Francisco State University. She previously earned her BA in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. In her free time, Michelle can usually be found spending time with her English bulldog puppy, Bentley.

POLICIES
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Office of Career Planning is to provide support and education to our students and alumni to help them make informed career decisions in a rapidly changing world. We create and deliver new and innovative resources and career planning tools as well as foster professional connections within the community. Our staff works with individuals to clarify career and life goals, and teaches students and alumni career management strategies by providing career advising and education on networking, interview skills, resume and cover letter preparation and job search techniques.