Thanks for visiting. My name is Sean Cook, and I am a Career Coach, Writer, and Educator, located in Athens, Georgia.
Born and raised in Clemson, SC, I have spent virtually my whole life living in college towns. I love helping people find their purpose, and connect it to their life and career directions.
I attended Clemson University for my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1991) and Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance Services (1994). During college, I was a Peer Health Educator, Resident Assistant, and Orientation Ambassador. In graduate school, I held an assistantship with Health Education, and completed practica in First Year Programs and Student Media.
Following graduation from my M.Ed.program, I spent one academic year working in Residential Education at Belmont Abbey College, and 14 working in a variety of roles at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), including 12 in different Residence Life roles, and two years working in Student and Corporate Services for the Smeal College of Business Administration.
In 2009, I left Penn State to start my coaching practice, and moved to Athens, Georgia, to be closer to extended family in South Carolina and Florida. My original coaching focus was on working with college students and their parents around college transition issues, and with early-to-mid-career higher education professionals around career issues. During that time, I published two different websites. Higher Ed Life Coach and Higher Ed Career Coach. After finding more business in the career coaching area for educators, I sidelined Higher Ed Life Coach, and worked to develop the Higher Ed Career Coach brand. After building a niche audience through the website and an accompanying podcast on BlogTalkRadio, I was invited to guest post on different national blogs, and to become a regular contributor to Technorati.
Over the years, my coaching interests have changed. I still serve educators at all levels, and have an affinity for working with early-to-mid-career professionals in Student Affairs. But I have been lucky to work with mid-to-upper-level educators, information technology professionals, sales and business development professionals, non-profit executives, community development professionals, artists, musicians, and film producers/directors.
In 2015, I returned to academia part-time, as an Academic Advisor for pre-business students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. I left this position in February 2016.
In April 2017, I opened a new office in the Michael Brothers Building in Downtown Athens. I meet with local clients at the office, and with clients from other areas via telephone and web meeting. I am Certified Professional Resume Writer and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.
For more information on my coaching services and programs, visit my coaching page.
If you work in higher education and are job searching or planning your career development, please visit Higher Ed Career Coach.