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Invest in Your Professional Growth With Personalized Career Coaching

Work one-on-one with a career coach to reach the next step in your career

  • Visioning and career goals
  • Personal branding and marketing
  • Professional résumés and bios
  • Personal career advisory board
  • Job search strategies
  • Employer research
  • Interview preparation
  • Compensation negotiation

  • Career coaching is available to students after orientation in the fall.
  • We offer career workshops and webinars to let you further explore your individual goals.
  • You receive career coaching services throughout the program.
  • Networking with alumni and visiting executives and experts is woven into the fabric of the program.

Elsa Jacobson
“My career coach has helped me reflect on what I’m learning in class and apply it in my own leadership role. With a talented coach not affiliated with my own organization, I can share freely with her and can use her outside vantage point to make better decisions in my work and career.”
Elsa Jacobson (MBA ’20)
Jim Blank
“The program staff helped me with my résumé, interviewing skills, and overall career planning. There are always staff available to answer questions about the program. If they don’t have an answer immediately, they find it for you. They are always advocating on our behalf.”
Jim Blank (MBA ’18)
Joel Coleman
“The program’s career service team was extremely helpful when I was negotiating my move to Exact Sciences. I met one-on-one with a career coach and was impressed with how much support and guidance was offered. She helped me prepare for job interviews and was a dedicated resource in helping me achieve my career goals.”
Joel Coleman (MBA ’18)
Paul Dionne
“The support of the career services team helped me successfully execute my career pivot during my first year in the program. The staff helped me understand my career background and trajectory more clearly and helped me better articulate my personal brand and value proposition. This was critical as someone out to begin a new career path.”
Paul Dionne (MBA ‘21)

Meet Our Team

Career Management Team

You will work with a skilled team of career coaches to achieve your individual career goals. Our personalized approach means you benefit from one-on-one support, from career coaching, personal branding, and resume support, to interview preparation, and compensation negotiation.

Jean Sink

Jean Sink

Director of Career Management

Jean brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to executive and career coaching, leveraging a background in staffing and industry recruitment, higher education enrollment and career management, as well as over 15 years of experience in coaching teams, individual contributors, new managers, emerging leaders, and senior-level executives. She is passionate about the impact of executive and professional life coaching, specifically in working with leaders and teams who are striving to break through plateaus and achieve the next level in their own development, achievement, and career trajectory.

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Will Wait

Will Wait

Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs

Will is committed to empowering MBA and master’s students with career management skills for lifelong success. He has held marketing and management roles at Kraft Foods, Target Corporation, Lands’ End, and American Family Insurance, and also built a successful small business. Will earned both his BBA and MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business and previously served as director of admissions for the full-time MBA program.

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Deb Jahnke

Deb Jahnke

Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs

Deb is passionate about helping individuals identify and achieve their highest aspirations and fullest potential. Her experience with SSM Health, General Motors, and other manufacturing firms spans diverse disciplines, including industrial engineering, quality, finance, operational excellence, data analytics, and continuous improvement. Deb earned her MBA from WSB and enjoys supporting current Badgers as they navigate their career path.

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Laura L Berkan

Laura Berkan

Assistant Director of Career Management, MBA and Master’s Programs

As a UW–Madison alumna and seasoned business professional, Laura is committed to helping other Badgers achieve their career goals by building job acquisition skills to last a lifetime. Her experience spans multiple industries, including banking, insurance, investments, non-profit fundraising, business coaching/consulting, recruiting, and as an entrepreneur owning a boutique career consulting firm.

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Employer Relations Team

The experienced employer relations team connects you with companies and industries where you want to work. We partner with leading companies from across the nation and around the globe that recruit and hire our students, year after year.

Leslie Taylor

Leslie Taylor

Director of Employer and Corporate Relations
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Connor Grey Perkins

Connor Perkins

Operations and Communications Coordinator
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