Learn About Careers – Career Counseling

Learn About Careers – Career Counseling

Career Counseling

It is especially useful to have a counseling appointment early in your academic career to help make the most of your time at the college. Counselors can help you understand yourself, focus on what’s most important to you, act as a sounding board/resource/idea generator, and coach you in staying on track.

To schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor, Peer Counselor, or Student Business Advisor you must first register with the Career Development Center

  • Types of Appointments
  • Career Counselor Profiles
  • Peer Counselor Profiles
  • Student Business Advisor Profiles

Types of Appointments

Forty-five Minute Appointments
Scheduled in person or by email, these appointments can help you:

  • clarify your interests, skills, values, and work style
  • explore various career options that are consistent with your profile
  • develop a plan for your career
  • develop effective strategies for obtaining a job
  • learn effective resume writing and interviewing skills
  • prepare for your academic job search (if you’re a PhD or Post Doc)

Wait times can range from one day to two weeks depending on the time of year

Fifteen-minute Appointments
Offered Monday – Thursday from 11am-12noon and 2pm-4pm during the academic year and scheduled up to one day in advance by logging into your Cardinal Careers account, these appointments are suitable for:

  • reviewing resumes or cover letters
  • answering quick questions
  • providing instructions on how to take the CDC’s online assessment instruments

Resume/Quick Question Clinics
Similar to the fifteen-minute appointments, but offered as drop-in sessions on the first two Fridays of Fall Quarter and the first four Fridays of Winter Quarter from 10am-12noon and 1pm-4pm, these sessions are suitable for:

  • reviewing resumes or cover letters
  • answering quick questions
  • providing instructions on how to take the CDC’s online assessment instruments

Career Counselor Profiles

Lance Choy, Director
Lance has an M.S. in Counseling and a B.S. in Economics and Sociology

  • Focus:  Generalist
  • Liaison: Asian American Student Program

Kathy Campbell, Assistant Director, Counseling Services
Kathy has a degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Guidance and Counseling

  • Focus:  Internships
  • Liaison: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Program, Athletics, Undergraduate Advising/Research

Kristin Conner, Career Counselor
Kristin, a National Certified Career Counselor, has an M.S. in Counseling, specializing in Career and College Counseling, and a B.A. in Psychology. She also co-supervises the CDC’s Peer Counseling Program

  • Focus:  Public Service and International Students
  • Liaison: Haas Center for Public Service, Bechtel International Center, and dorms/student groups that would like the CDC to present a program

Laura Dominguez Chan, Career Counselor
Laura has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and is a National Certified Counselor

  • Focus:  Science
  • Liaison:  El Centro Chicano

Margot Gilliland, Career Counselor
Margot has an M.S. in Counseling with specializations in Career and College Counseling and is a National Certified Career Counselor.  She also co-supervises the CDC’s Peer Counseling Program

  • Focus:  Arts/Media/Communication
  • Liaison:  Office of Accessible Education and students with disabilities

Veda Jeffries, Assistant Director, Counseling Services
Veda has an M.S. in Counseling with specializations in Career and College Counseling, and a B.S. in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior

  • Focus:  Business
  • Liaison:  Black Community Service Center

Chris Pohalski, Career Counselor
Chris has an M.A. in Career Development; M.S. and Engineer degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University; and a B.S. in Applied Physics

  • Focus:  Engineering

Bev Principal, Assistant Director, Employment Services
Bev has extensive experience in managerial roles in industries such as advertising and high technology.  She oversees the Cardinal Recruiting Program and the CDC Employment Services team

  • Liaison:  School of Engineering

Espie Santiago, Career Counselor
Espie has an M.A. in Career Development and a B.A. in Psychology

  • Focus:  International Careers and Work Abroad
  • Liaison: LGBT Community Resources Center

Yuree Soh, Career Counselor
Yuree has a MTS in Counseling and B.S. in Psychology & Human Biology

  • Focus:  PhDs and Post-doctoral Students
  • Liaison:  Women’s Community Center

Marlene Scherer Stern, Alumni Networking Specialist
Marlene has an M.A. in Higher Education.  She oversees the Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program

  • Focus:  Connecting Students and Alumni via Mentoring/Networking
  • Liaison: Alumni Association

Mimi Rea, Career Counselor Intern
Mimi is pursuing an M.A. degree in Counselor Education specializing in Career and College counseling at San Jose State University

Peer Counselor Profiles

Gloria Dallas
A junior majoring in Civil Engineering, Gloria has worked for many different types of companies, from a law firm to an adult day care for developmentally disabled adults. On campus, she is involved in the Black Student Union and the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers

  • Focus: Engineering

Danielle DeCosta
A junior majoring in Biology with an interest in research and public health, Danielle has interned in a plant biology laboratory and currently works with elementary and high school students as a coordinator of the student mentoring group Science in Service

  • Focus: Science/Health

Jervis Hui
A junior majoring in Management Science and Engineering, Jervis has interned at a Santa Clara tech firm that focuses on online backup 

  • Focus: Arts/Media/Communication

Christine Kang
A junior majoring in Economics with a minor in International Relations, Christine is an active member of Stanford Women in Business, BASES, and the Blyth Fund

  • Focus: International Careers

Darius White
A junior, Daris has conducted research on education through the anthropology department. He is also a member of the student group Man Against Abuse Now (MAAN) that aims to increase campus awareness on issues of abuse and masculinity

  • Focus: Public Service

Student Business Advisor Profiles

Esther Hu
Esther is pursuing two M.Sc. degrees, one in Statistics and one in Financial Mathematics. She has worked as an Analyst for an international consulting firm.

  • Focus: Finance, Business and Technical Careers

Karesa Granderson
Karesa is a junior pursuing dual degrees in Sociology and Science, Technology & Society (with a concentration in Race, Law & Biomedical Technology) with minors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Ethics in Society. Karesa has substantional corporate work experience in Human Resources and business.

  • Focus: General Business Careers

Thomas Igeme
Thomas is a senior majoring in Management Science and Engineering with a focus on Policy and Strategy. Thomas worked two summers as a Summer Analyst at a leading management consulting company.

  • Focus: Management Consulting, Investment Banking & General Business Careers

Yu “Dilys” Sun
Dilys is a senior majoring in Economics and is very active in BASES, a pre-professional student business organization. She was a summer coprorate law intern and has also worked as a summer analyst at a leading consulting company.

  • Focus: Management Consulting, High Tech, Finance, and General Business Careers

Son Ca Vu
Son is a senior majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Her internship experience includes account management, non-profit consulting and advertising. She is an active board member with Stanford Women in Engineering (SWE).

  • Focus: Business and Technical Careers