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.


536 Mission Street
Career Services, Suite 5314
San Francisco, CA 94105


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




Interim 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 and Life Design 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 also teaches the graduate career counseling course at Golden Gate University as an adjunct faculty member.

Kandis holds a master's degree in education with a focus on higher education counseling in addition to a bachelor's degree in social work, both from Bloomsburg University.


Career Consultant

Joana Scharinger is a Career Counselor and former recruiter. She is passionate about combining her counseling and recruiting experience to help people pursue and plan their career paths and journeys. She provides support for resume reviews, LinkedIn profiles, interview preparation, job searching, and networking strategies. Before joining GGU, Joana worked as an agency recruiter helping companies such as Facebook, Salesforce, GAP and others, expand their teams. Joana has helped hundreds of candidates format their resumes, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews.

Joana also has a therapy background and worked at a Mental Health Institution for 5 years. She earned her master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Culture from University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a master's degree in Human Resources from Golden Gate University.

In addition, Joana volunteers as a career coach with several nonprofit organizations in San Francisco Bay Area.

Emily Nahem

Career Consultant

Emily Nahem is a career counselor at the Office of Career & Life Design. She was formally the career counseling intern and is now working part time as a staff member. Emily just graduated in May 2020 from San Francisco State University with her MS in Counseling and a concentration in career counseling. She provides support to students in career exploration, career development, and job search strategies.

Emily previously has experience in the mental health field, providing counseling services to adults and children. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN and received her bachelors degree in Psychology from Hamline University.

Emily spends her free time biking, hiking, reading, making pottery, and going to the ocean.


Professional Development & Student Leadership Manager

Tarik is our Professional Development & Student Leadership Manager. Before joining the Office of Career & Life Design, Tarik served our undergraduate population as a Student Success Coach where he partnered with our students in a growth and goal setting focused coaching program. He also worked with our graduate population as an Academic Advisor to help our graduate students get to the finish line with as little obstacles as possible.He is a proud alumnus (M.A. in Organization Psychology) who has been working at GGU since 2015, beginning his GGU career journey as a student assistant for the Division of Student Success.

In his free time, Tarik composes and produces music in a variety of different genres, and loves to discover new hiking and photography destinations in the Bay Area!


Project Coordinator

Jimmy Bonner graduated from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in Fall 2014 with a BA in English Education. 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 been working at GGU since 2015 and helps support the Office of Career and Life Design in multiple ways. He is seeking to extend his education and is currently pursuing a Masters in Digital Marketing at GGU. His learning has provided the office with new ways to promote their services and supports students to the best of his abilities. He enjoys working with Photoshop and is the creative mastermind for the office’s graphic designs.