Coaching & Advisement

Career Coaching

Schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career coach by logging into NYU Shanghai CareerNet.

Career coaches at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you figure out where you want to go and how to get there. We provide professional, individualized career guidance and support through the career exploration process. The CDC is a safe place to talk about your career and academic concerns, and to consider the various factors that influence your career decisions.

An appointment with a career coach can help you:

  • Identify and explore career interests, strengths, and skills
  • Take an active role in your career and organize the process
  • Set professional goals and develop an individual timeline
  • Effectively search for internships and jobs and identify helpful resources
  • Develop an effective resume and cover letter
  • Support you in being well-prepared for interviews
  • Make decisions about and prepare you for further education and careers
  • Gain another perspective to your career exploration


What a career coach can NOT provide:

A career coach can’t tell you what you should do with your life, or what decision is the best for you. In these life decisions YOU are the expert about what is right for you, what feels good, and what matters to you personally. We have experience in the career decision making process and can talk about strategies and resources that could help you to decide for yourself, as well as being a supportive, listening ear to help you sort through your thoughts and emotions. We can’t give you the answers, but we guide you and empower you to find your own answers.

How can I prepare for my appointment?

Taking a little time to think about your questions, what you already know, and your career story so far can help make the most of your time with a career coach. Depending on your questions, it is also helpful to bring relevant background documents like information you found from career or grad school research, your resume and/or cover letter, or job/internship/company description.

Graduate School Advising

Students may also meet with a career coach if they are interested in exploring pre-professional and graduate schools. We can help you to identify basic degree options and guide you to appropriate resources. We highly encourage students to contact the Academic Advising Office and relevant faculty members to academically prepare for a graduate degree. Read through Pre-Health Advising and Pre-Law Advising if you are interested in those career tracks.

10 Common Questions to Ask a Career Coach or Advisor:

  1. What’s the best major for me given my career interests?
  2. What can I do during the summer after my freshman year if I don’t have much experience?
  3. My parents really want me to major in A, but I’m interested in B. What should I do?
  4. How can I find out more about this particular job or industry?
  5. What kind of internship should I do?
  6. What are my career options and prospects if I haven’t done well in school?
  7. Help! I have no idea what I’m interested in! How do I get started?
  8. How can I connect with alumni?
  9. Should I go to grad school or get a job?
  10. Can you help me with my resume/cover letter/interview?