Did you know that some of the career coaches currently working in the Carlson School Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) are graduates of the MA-HRIR program?  The GBCC each year hires contract coaches to supplement their regular, full-time counseling staff, in part because of increasing interest from alumni in receiving career services from their alma mater.

One of those contract coaches is Kirk Keeney, '11 MA-HRIR, who has been working in the field of human resources for more than 15 years, most recently with Wells Fargo. When Keeney comes to campus, he shares his expertise in resume and cover letter review, job search strategies, interview preparation, and self-assessment with current students as well as alumni. “I really enjoy the work.  It allows me to get back on campus to engage with students.”

Keeney meets frequently with MBA students interested in working for Wells Fargo, and he enjoys seeing their enthusiasm. “There is a level of excitement and eagerness that students possess that I do not see as much in the more experienced hires I interact with as a recruiting manager; that excitement and eagerness can be a bit contagious.” 

GBCC Associate Director Stephen Glomb reports that the contract coaches have been very successful, and are skilled and adept at career coaching. “They know the landscape of opportunities in careers, and career paths that exist within HR,” he says. “The students and alumni are finding it really helpful.”

Glomb reminds alumni that they can always come back to the Carlson School for help in boosting their careers, whether they graduated five, ten, or 25 years ago. If you're interested in brushing up on your skills, contact the GBCC at 612-624-0011 or gbccmail@umn.edu to schedule a coaching appointment. And, if you’d like more information about future opportunities working as a contract coach, contact Stephen Glomb at smglomb@umn.edu.