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Career Coaching

The career coaching program is available for current DU staff and faculty who want to explore their career development. A typical career coaching program can consist of one to four individual coaching sessions over a period of three to five months. Sessions are goal specific and action driven; confidential and private.

Coaching sessions can be in person or over the phone, on campus or off campus, or a walking meeting. For more information about career coaching and to schedule a session, please reach out to Mia Elizardi, Performance & Career Development Consultant with Human Resources' People Development team at mia.elizardi@du.edu.


"My approach is strengths based and client led. I work with any and all professional and career development goals and interests, for both internal and external career growth interests. My services are confidential and private. Our sessions can be on or off site, over the phone or a walk across campus. My goal is to help clients learn to take actions to achieve a more satisfying career, professional and personal life."
- Mia Elizardi


Career Development Services and Outcomes of Career Coaching:

  • Strengths Assessments
  • Personal Statement Development
  • Defining Career Goals
  • Strategic Action Planning
  • Resume Development
  • Cover Letter Development
  • Customized Job Search Strategies and Techniques
  • Career Interest Assessments and Interpretation
  • Develop a Job Framework
  • Networking Tools and Strategies
  • Interview Preparation
  • Salary Negotiation Preparation
  • Access to resources both on and off campus
  • Career Consulting for individuals and teams who are looking for resources around what is being done to advance in their career area

Mia's Top 10 tips for Developing your Career and Yourself

I have a little secret I want to share with you... developing your career goes hand in hand with developing yourself – your interests, your education, your networks, and your brand! Your personal growth drives your professional growth and that is the bedrock of your career growth.

  1. Take Professional Development classes – Log in to PioneerWeb using your DU ID and your password, click on Employee tab, look under Training
  2. Get involved in leadership development opportunities – People Development's Leadership Academy or Daniels' Emerging Leaders Program
  3. Earn a certification for one of your interest areas – Colorado 14ers
  4. Use your benefits! Sign up for Retirement account AND a free session with a TIAA representative, explore your tuition waiver and make a plan for more education – Benefits at DU
  5. Actively engage in your Wellness! Eat well, sleep well, move well – Employee Wellness
  6. Network with your existing colleagues at DU – serve on a committee, join a taskforce, attend DU's sports event, go a free concert at the Newman Center
  7. Network outside of DU
  8. Get a mentor! Be a mentor! – DU's mentor program
  9. Meet with a Career Coach to discover your strengths and define your goals – please reach out to Mia Elizardi, Performance & Development Consultant with Human Resources' People Development team at mia.elizardi@du.edu
  10. Shameless Self-Promotion – take the time to capture your successes, your accomplishments, and the way you are adding value in your job – document it and review it routinely. Not only is it a boost in your confidence, it will allow you to self-advocate and it will also make your performance appraisal a breeze!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between coaching, mentoring, counseling, training, and managing?
  • Coaching—a goal oriented process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve
  • Mentoring—a working relational experience through which one person empowers and enable another by sharing their wisdom and experiences
  • Counseling—self-understanding to adopt more constructive life practices
  • Training—receiving new instruction and guidance on specific processes and content
  • Managing—giving instruction and direction.
  • Consulting—for individuals and teams who are looking for resources around what is being done to advance in their career area
Is career coaching free?

As a DU employee, you have access to complimentary one on one coaching sessions as part of your benefits package.

How do I schedule a coaching session?

For more information about career coaching and to schedule a session, please reach out to Mia Elizardi, Performance & Career Development Consultant with Human Resources' People Development team at mia.elizardi@du.edu.

How long is a coaching session?

One hour is a typical one on one session.