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Welcome Alumni!

Career Services and the Alumni Association are committed to providing you with the resources you need. Whether you're a recent grad, have been recently laid off, are looking to make a career transition or need resources to help you advance in your career, we have what you are looking for!

To the left, you will find a list of links that will walk you through a step-by-step process to support you in conducting an effective job search or career transition. And in the black box above, you will find, we've listed additional resources you may find helpful.

Events and Career Counseling:

  • We provide an extensive offering of free monthly career events for alumni on a variety of topics.
  • Our services also include live media tools such as recorded webinars, teleclasses, and mini video training sessions.
  • If after reviewing all of the resources, you discover that you need additional assistance, please call the front desk at 303-492-6541 to schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors. Recent grads can receive free career counseling up to one year after graduation (does not include graduate students). Alums who are one year or more out of school are entitled to two free one hour sessions and four additional sessions for $30 each. A total of six sessions are available to alumni each year (appointment limit does not apply to alums during their first year out of school).
  • We have two alumni career counselors available for phone or in person appointments.

Lea Alvarado
Alumni Program Manager & Career Counselor
Career Services/Alumni Association
Lea Alvarado develops career programs, special events, as well as provides one-on-one career counseling to alumni, both locally and across the country. She has over 15 years career development experience in corporate, non-profit, and university settings as a career counselor, executive recruiter, and staffing manager. Lea has experience working with adults in transition in both the aerospace and biotechnology industries and also has experience creating programs and services specifically for alumni. She is a trained coach and has a master's degree in counseling with a specialization in career development. She enjoys helping people develop strategies that will increase their job search success. She is especially passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective in a way that decreases their anxiety and/or improves their confidence and sense of hope with regard to their job search or career transition.
Valentine Roche, MS
Alumni Career Counselor
Career Services/Alumni Association

Valentine Roche provides career counseling and coaching to CU Boulder alumni.  Valentine's professional background includes working in various leadership roles that have included teaching, management and leadership training, organizational development and career coaching.  Valentine has an exceptional ability to identify client's strengths which in turn influences their career decisions.  Additionally, she helps clients create relevant career alternatives, as well as career transition strategies. Valentine’s coaching philosophy is based on the co-active coaching model.  She believes that clients are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. When she works with an individual or group, she addresses the client’s whole life. The agenda comes from the client, and a relationship is developed defining how they want to be coached. The client is involved in creating a powerful relationship that fits their working and learning styles.  

Alumni can meet with a career counselor for six sessions per year. The first two are free and the remaining four are $30 a session. Call 303-492-6541 for an appointment with Lea Alvarado or Valentine Roche, our Alumni Career Counselors.

"Thank you so much for all of your help. I would not be where I am if it wasn't for your support and guidance. You helped give me the confidence to learn what my skills and strengths are; I was able to negotiate a higher salary with this confidence." CU-Boulder Alumna

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