Career Coaching

We offer Career Coaching appointments year-round for graduate students with a range of professional career coaches who specialize in different areas. Our coaches are very experienced with graduate education and can offer guidance on topics such as:

  • Navigating general questions about graduate school
  • Assessing your strengths, interests, and values
  • Work-life balance
  • Practicing strategies for networking (in-person and online)
  • Learning about diverse career paths
  • Assembling documents (i.e. resume, cover letter) for job applications
  • Interviewing strategies
  • The impact of Coronavirus on professional planning

We invite all graduate students to make appointments with our career coaches at any time. To make an appointment, please complete a Career Coaching Interest Form and a member of our team will reach out to set up an appointment.

Click here for our career coaching interest form. 

Meet Our Career Coaches

Ariela Freedman
Dr. Ariela Freedman is a proud Laney graduate, having earned her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in 2011. She served on faculty at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health for several years before starting her business, MavenTree Consulting. Dr. Freedman has an MPH and an MA in Teaching and is a certified coach in CliftonStrengthsPositive Discipline, and the Enneagram. 

Dr. Freedman has always been an educator at heart. She is an experienced trainer and coach with over 20 years of experience in education and public health, including CDC, state and local public health departments, Head Start, camps and afterschool programs, nonprofits, and public schools. She also works with corporate clients and health care professionals, with a specific focus on empowering women. Her educator’s toolbox includes strategies from public health, education, business, and the arts, resulting in interactive workshops that are skill-focused and fun, even when taught online. 

In addition to her consulting work, Ariela sings and records music with her synagogue chorus and teaches art workshops in her home art studio. 



Helen Klepac
Helen Klepac is a Career Coach whose approach to coaching is holistic, solution-focused, and strength-based. 

Helen is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator as well as an integrative Wellness Life Coach. 

As a senior administrator, Helen gained valuable experience in helping students to achieve their goals. Helen holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development and an Education Specialist degree in Career Counseling from George Washington University.