Academic and Career Coaching

As someone who has worked in the nonprofit sector and the museum world and then transitioned back into academia and then moved between academic programs and then back out of academia and into the tech sector, I have significant institutional knowledge and a wide range of experiences in a variety of academic and non-academic settings. If you’re on the fence about how or if to proceed with your degree, if you don't have your degree yet but want to explore the world outside the academic job market, if you already have your degree but are considering a change, if you aren’t sure what skills or experiences make you marketable outside the academy, if you’re simply curious about what kinds of jobs are out there, or if you want to better understand the tech landscape and how to apply for and get work that feels sustainable and personally meaningful, I can help.

I've helped more than a hundred people navigate the process of leaving academia for new careers in a wide range of fields - from tech to curatorial work to finance to government posts - and I've coached dozens more in successful job searches all over the country. 



My experience consulting began over 10 years ago coaching grad students and faculty through researching, organizing, writing, editing, filing and publishing their dissertations, articles and book projects. I now primarily help graduate students and faculty navigate both the academic and the non-academic job markets, from resume development to deciphering job descriptions to interview practice. I also provide career and coaching services to non-academics, and have successfully helped many people change careers.

I received a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz and then took a detour into the museum world and non-profit sector. Returning to school, I received an MA in Art History from UCLA and then transferred to the Comparative Literature program where I received a second MA, advanced to candidacy, and began work on a dissertation before deciding to leave the academy altogether. I'm currently a Program Manager at Google working on various internal and external educational initiatives.



COVID-19 Update: I offer sliding scale and financial hardship discounts where needed. If you need career advice, resume prep assistance, or have questions about a career change, but are also confronting financial challenges, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask about rate reductions.

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Know you need a change but don't know where to start? Whether you are a grad student considering quitting grad school, a newly minted PhD on the job market, a tenured faculty member considering a career change, or a non-academic curious about moving into a new industry or role, I can help. I will work with you to better understand your options, to kickstart your job search, to identify your own strengths and skills, and to understand how best to market them. 

Initial consultation required

200 per hour, 1 hour minimum.


You know that crafting a polished, professional resume targeted to a specific job description is the key to landing a great job, but do you know where to start? Do you have an academic CV but are not sure how to transform it into a resume? Do you have a resume that isn't getting traction? I will help you understand what makes your skills and experiences marketable and will work with you step-by-step to create a resume for the job you really want.

Initial consultation required

300 per hour, 1 hour minimum

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I am an experienced presenter and public speaker, especially on the topics of leaving academia, the non-academic job search, and hiring in the tech industry. I am particularly good at connecting with grad students and academics and helping them to understand their career options.

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All services require a $75 30 minute initial consultation. This helps to ensure that you are getting the most out of my services.

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I had a session with Adrienne when I was scared that having a PhD at my age (over 40) and going into the private sector would leave me underemployed and bored at work. Adrienne helped me to see I already had the skills to be a Project Manager - a position I knew little about before we spoke. A week after our consult, during an interview for an editing position, I was able to explain to the hiring manager how my experience and skills were a fit for Project Management. I got hired as a Project Manager and so far I love it.

Penelope D.