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Career Services

All GGU students and alumni have free access to career consulting, workshops, events, and networking opportunities.

Career Center


536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Office Hours

Mon – Thu: 10 am – 6 pm
Fri: 10 am – 5 pm

Contact Us

Career Center for Law Students

There is a separate career services team for the School of Law. If you’re a law student or alumni follow the link below. The Career Center provides resources, support, and opportunities to students and graduates as they transition from law school to professional life.


Current Students and Alumni

The Career Center provides students and alumni from the Ageno School of Business, Braden School of Taxation, School of Accounting, and School of Undergraduate Studies with the support, resources and opportunities to make informed career decisions.

Students and alumni have free access to career consulting, workshop and events, networking opportunities, job search resources and networking opportunities, and access to jobs and internships posted on the Bridge. The Career Center also offers a wide variety of tools and resources for faculty and staff.

Eligibility Requirements for Students

The Career Center serves students and alumni from the schools of undergraduate studies, business, accounting, and taxation*. Services include individual career consulting; internship and employment assistance; networking events; inclusion into resume books; on‐campus interviewing; and online internship and job listings.

Eligible students are automatically registered with a Bridge account and receive login instructions during their first week of enrollment at GGU. After logging in, students can access resources throughout the website.

*Students and alumni in the Law program are served by a separate career office.

Eligibility Requirements for Alumni

Services offered by the Career Center are free to alumni from the schools of undergraduate studies, business, accounting, and taxation. Alumni have access to online resources and job postings. Alumni may also utilize career coaching appointments, as career coaches’ schedules permit. Students and recent graduates (0-2 years) will be given priority. Generally, we limit alumni support to no more than five session during a specific career transition.

Get Connected to Professional Associations

There are professional associations for every field of study and profession. They’re great for networking and creating new opportunities.

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Meet Our Team

Joana Scharinger, M.S., Career Consultant

Joana Scharinger, M.S.

Associate Director


Joana Scharinger is a Career Counselor and former recruiter. She is passionate about combining her counseling and recruiting experience to help people pursue and plan their career paths and journeys. She provides support for resume reviews, LinkedIn profiles, interview preparation, job searching, and networking strategies. Before joining GGU, Joana worked as an agency recruiter helping companies such as Facebook, Salesforce, GAP and others, expand their teams. Joana has helped hundreds of candidates format their resumes, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews.

Joana also has a therapy background and worked at a Mental Health Institution for 5 years. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Culture from University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a master’s degree in Human Resources from Golden Gate University.

In addition, Joana volunteers as a career coach with several nonprofit organizations in San Francisco Bay Area.

Jimmy Bonner, M.S., Assistant Director

Jimmy Bonner, M.S.

Assistant Director


Jimmy Bonner graduated from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in Fall 2014 with a BA in English Education. During his time at SFSU, he worked in the Office of International Programs, helping incoming exchange students. He also studied abroad in South Korea for a semester.

Jimmy has been working at GGU since 2015 and he also received his Master’s Degree (MS in Digital Marketing, 2020) here as well. He enjoys working with Photoshop and is the creative mastermind for the office’s graphic designs. His background in marketing has helped paved way to highlight the Career Center around GGU. On his free time, Jimmy enjoys playing video games, reading comic books, and he has in interest in fashion.

Heather Cowan, Part-Time Career Consultant

Heather Cowan

Part-Time Career Coach


Heather Cowan has dedicated her career to the growth and development of students and professionals. She has taught part time at GGU for 12 years, while holding leadership roles in Learning and Organization Development: Director of Learning and Development with Autodesk (10 years), Associate Director of Leadership Development at Genentech (7 years), and VP of Learning at Schwab (7 years).

Beginning in 2019, Heather has served as a Career Coach for employees in corporate, non-profit and foundation environments. She loves working with people as they clarify career goals, develop resumes and learn the job search skills required to land an ideal job.

Heather has 3 grown children and loves to read, walk, take yoga, and art classes.