Dedicated to Your Success: Office of Career Planning

Neepa Parikh with a student in the MS in Marketing program.

By Neepa Parikh, MS, LPCC
Director, Office of Career Planning at Golden Gate University


Golden Gate University is dedicated to helping students advance their careers through skills-based undergraduate and graduate business degrees that are taught by 80% working professionals. The Office of Career Planning helps complete the picture. With support from the Office, domestic and international students (i.e. F1 visa holders) have landed internships or jobs at Big 4 Accounting firms, tech startups, and government agencies. Counselors are in it for the long run, supporting domestic and international students from their first semester to graduation and as alumni.

What We Offer

Employer Connections & Networking: The Office organizes networking events that connect students with recruiters and industry professionals from the Bay Area business community and beyond. Because of Golden Gate University’s location and established reputation, students will often connect with alumni at networking events and get the “inside scoop” on what employers are looking for in candidates.

Providing Career Counseling and Job-Search Strategy: Career counselors provide one-on-one sessions to help align students’ career direction with their personal and professional goals. The team leverages degrees in counseling and education in their work, seek on-going training and information to keep up with trends, and also teach career counseling courses at GGU.

Guest speakers from Dolby, CBS Interactive, and LinkedIn educate students on the latest skills and opportunities in their fields. 

Supporting International Students: For international students on an F1 visa, the Office teaches communication skills that are unique to the US job search and helps them to leverage their global experience and current education for technology, business, and accounting firms in SF and the Silicon Valley.

Connecting Students with the Latest Industry Trends: Guest speakers from Dolby, CBS Interactive, and LinkedIn educate students on the latest skills and opportunities in their fields. Alumni and industry panels help students approach the job market from an informed position.

Creating Awareness among Employers: The Office makes it simple for employers to connect with GGU talent through the GGU Careers portal. Students can include their resume in one of five resume books, based on their industry of interest, that are accessible to hiring managers and recruiters.

Helping Students Help Students: Networking Ambassadors are students who are trained to pass on job-seeking skills to their peers and facilitate conversations with industry professionals in real-time at events both on and off campus. Matt Chen (MS Marketing), Amy James (MS Marketing), and Gurpreet Singh (MS Finance) served as the first cohort of networking ambassadors. The Office is excited to work with the new ambassadors – Caroline Griffith (MS I/O Psychology) and Selene Reyes (MS Business Analytics) – this academic year.

Office of Career Planning (l to r): Kandis Rodgers, M.ED, Assistant Director & Career Consultant; Neepa Parikh; and Joana Scharinger, Career Consultant.

Recent News

This year to date, the Office has put on events to connect students with employers, community members, and industry professionals; teach job-hunting skills; highlight successful internship searches, and bring forth knowledge of alumni.

  • Visits from LinkedIn employees to review student profiles on the platform
  • A panel featuring GGU alumni who successfully landed internships
  • A mock interview event in collaboration with the Northern California HR Association (NCHRA)
  • A workshop with the founders of Interstride App to support international students in their U.S. job search
  • A networking lunch in which students learned and practiced networking skills with employees from Fujitsu Japan, GGU alumni, and other local professionals
  • An opportunity for the GGU community to connect with professional associations and non-profit organizations seeking members and volunteers
  • Collaboration with Networking Ambassadors and the Student Government Association on both new and signature events

We look forward to working with you as a student so we invite you to explore our graduate and undergraduate programs.


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