Career Coaches

Career Development Coaches are full-time staff members who are committed to onboarding students and alumni to the programs and services offered by Career Services. They assist with career exploration, identifying personal goals, developing leadership skills, and assisting with planning career goals.

Peer Career Coaches (PCCs) are Illinois Tech students who are trained and supervised by Career Development Coaches. PCCs assist with practice interviews, critiquing résumé and cover letters, and providing guidance on programs, events, and resources.

Coaches Can

  • Discuss your interests and potential careers, answer questions, administer and analyze assessments, and help you develop a career plan
  • Proofread résumé, cover letters, personal statements, graduate school applications, and more
  • Show you how to best navigate the Career Services website and how to sign up for and use Handshake, as well as how to get the most individual value from our workshops and services
  • Conduct mock interviews and help you network with alumni and professionals within your industry

Meet with a Career Development Coach

To schedule an appointment, log in to Handshake and request an appointment under “Career Center” on the top right panel. The best way to connect with a Career Development Coach is to schedule an appointment. Students who attend drop-in hours will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Drop-In Hours

Monday–Friday from 12:30–3:30 p.m. (Spring 2021 semester via

MTCC, Room 106 (One Stop)

Career Development Staff

John Engelhardt
BJ Engelhardt

Senior Director
Phone: 312.567.5921


Tiara DeGuzman
Tiara DeGuzman

Assistant Director for Career and Professional Education
Phone: 312.567.3023