About Us About Us


It's never too soon to begin planning for your career! Our goal at the CDO is to provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your career goals, whether it's your first career level position, a transition to a new career, or a move up the ladder.

Career planning is about more than just getting a job. It's about the strategic decisions you make and the experiences you gain while at CGU to ensure you are well positioned to transition from here into the career you desire.

By investing in your career plan from day 1, and working with the CDO and the faculty and students in your department, you will begin to lay a strong foundation for your desired career outcomes as you move through your program and beyond.

We offer workshops on a variety of professional development topics both in person and online, and our dedicated staff understands the different employment issues facing advanced degree holders. Career Consultants are available to meet with you Monday through Friday to tailor a plan specific to your needs.

*Drucker students should contact the Drucker Career Development Office.

Make an appointment, or come for Drop in Hours 12-1 M-TH

Contact Us Contact Us


Director of Career Development: Christine Kelly

Email: christine.kelly@cgu.edu
Phone: 909-607-2532

Phone: 909-621-8177
Email: career.development@cgu.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/CGUCDO
Address: 131 E. 10th St. Claremont, CA 91711

Meet the Staff Meet the Staff


Christine Kelly, Director

I received my PhD in Communication from Purdue University.  I taught communication for 16 years at state universities, a community college and small private liberal arts colleges.  I made a career transition in 2008 when I became the Career Consultant for Graduate Students at the University of California, Irvine. In December 2015 I became the Director of Career Development at Claremont Graduate University where my vision is to integrate career and professional development into the fabric of graduate education. I'm Past-President of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC), the professional association for practitioners who work in career and professional development for PhDs and Postdoctoral scholars.  I write articles on career and professional development for several publications and am a contributing author to the Carpe Careers column in Inside Higher Ed.  

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Malcolm Oliver II, Career Consultant

Malcolm is a PhD student in English focusing on American literature and Rhetoric. He currently serves as a member of the GSC, enjoys the challenge of ghost writing, and looks forward to a career within Higher Ed. Administration.



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Ivy Carrete, Career Consultant

Ivy is a PhD student in Applied Social Psychology, focusing on issues of intersectionality. Her program of research examines the intersections of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how these intersections are differently expressed through cultural values, gender norms, and gender-role adherence. In addition to her research pursuits, Ivy has extensive project management and program development experience within the non-profit sector, working closely with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, young adults, and persons with developmental disabilities.


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Michelle Alexandrowicz, Career Consultant

Michelle is a student in the Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation program.  Prior to CGU Michelle was a practicing clinician with a masters in professional counseling in the Philadelphia area.  Her work experience involved non-profit management, program development, public speaking, and counseling for PTSD and depression/anxiety, with a focus in adolescent and family counseling. At CGU, she is involved with research around leadership, teams, and burnout.  She has been involved in consulting projects for a local hospital, non-profits, public health, and private companies. 

Outside of work, Michelle is an enthusiastic traveler and believes the more we see and experience the world, the more we learn about ourselves. She is a lifelong athlete as a soccer and lacrosse player, and most recently boxing. She dances swing and blues and even dabbles with tango.

If you are interested in networking, applied work, consulting work, or non-profit work, make an appointment to discuss and learn more.