Career Coaching and Advising

Career Coaching & Advising

We want to help you figure out what you want to do
and how to get there!

Peer Advisors

Team of 23 juniors and seniors who welcome students to the Piper Center, answer questions and provide initial assistance.

Drop in anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F

Meet the Peer Advisors

Assistance provided by Peer Advisors
  • Initial resume and cover letter reviews
  • Getting started with an internship or job search
  • Using Handshake
  • Navigating the Piper Center website
  • Questions about events and programs
  • Scheduling appointments with career coaches

How do I schedule a LinkedIn Headshot?

A good professional headshot is one of the most important parts of your LinkedIn profile.
Using an amateur photo or cropping a personal photo will rarely provide a good headshot. Instead, you can get a free headshot from the Piper Center! Click here to schedule your appointment.

Need an appointment outside of the available slots? Email our photographer Sarah and they would be happy to find a time that works.

Follow these steps
  • Request an appointment: drop by the Piper Center or schedule your own appointment using the link above.
  • Dress appropriately for your photo: appropriate dress is clothing that your field considers to be professional (i.e., the dress for careers in the fine arts careers may be different from that in business). The Piper Center can help you choose appropriate clothing for your photo.
  • Be on time: be ready to have your photo taken when you arrive at the Piper Center.

Career Coaches

Team of 11 who help students with all aspects of career exploration and planning. Each coach has expertise in one or more career fields.

Schedule an appointment or drop in 3 – 5 p.m., M-F


Assistance provided by Career Coaches
  • Career and major exploration
  • Job and internship search strategy
  • Feedback on resumes and cover letters (typically after a Peer Advisor review)
  • Alumni networking strategy
  • Employer communication and negotiation
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Review applications and personal statements
  • Prepare for graduate school
  • Anything else related to career exploration and planning!

Which coach should I meet with?

First Meeting with the Piper Center (First Years and Sophomores): Hector Aguilar, Paul Edwards, Kristi Kehrwald Adair, Nate Jacobi

Undecided/Exploring: Kristi Kehrwald Adair or Paul Edwards
 Bryan Shealer, Hector Aguilar or Kirsten Cahoon
Education: Zoe Davis
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Ole Cup: Meghan McMillan
Environment and Sustainability: Nate Jacobi
Fine Arts: Meghan McMillan
Graduate School: Kaia Preus (personal statements), Paul Edwards (STEM), Dana Rechtzigel (health professions, law), Bryan Shealer (business)
Media/Communications: Kirsten Cahoon
Ministry and Religion: Kristi Kehrwald Adair
Nonprofits & Social Impact: Zoe Davis
Gap Year/Service Programs: Zoe Davis
Government: Zoe Davis or Bryan Shealer
Pre-Health: Dana Rechtzigel (primary) or Paul Edwards (secondary)
Pre-Law: Dana Rechtzigel
Science, Research, Data Science, and Technology: Paul Edwards (primary) or Nate Jacobi (secondary)
Alumni Career Coaching: Jenele Grassle

Academic Internship Registration Process: see here
Academic Internship Questions: Email Marietta Ruppe and Nate Jacobi

How do I schedule an appointment?
  1. Open Appointments in Handshake
  2. Choose the appropriate Appointment Category
  3. Choose the appropriate Appointment Type
  4. Select the coach you would like to meet with in Staff Member (or select “no preference” if you are flexible)
  5. Choose a time that works for your schedule
  6. Select if you would like to meet in-person or virtually
  7. Add a short note about what you would like to talk about

*If you cannot find a time that works for your schedule feel free to email the coach directly and share some blocks of time that you are available.


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