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I am happy you are here! I am passionate about strategizing and connecting people with the resources they need to pursue their dreams. I am excited to meet with you and offer action steps, coaching, and support throughout the entire career transition and job search process. My coaching philosophy is all about finding what makes you a unique candidate and showcasing your individual strengths, interests, and passions. I appreciate utilizing up-to-date hiring trends and new technologies and tools to give you a leg up in your career journey.

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My Story

Katie Niznik started her career as a recruiter for varying sized companies, mostly working within campus recruiting. Realizing her passion for developing early talent, she returned to school, earning her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, with an emphasis in Career and Mental Health. She has worked in Employer Engagement at the Carlson School of Management, cultivating relationships with hiring teams across the country in many different industries. Besides private career coaching, she also works at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, meeting with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of the university. Katie is a mental health advocate, especially interested in the intersection between career and mental health. She loves chicken wings, her partner Rob, the Minnesota Vikings, and her Corgi/Australian Shepherd, Beau.

Recent Speaking Engagements

The Pressures of Career Applied to College Student Mental Health

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference, Chicago, November 2022

Holistic Practices in Career Services: Supporting First-Generation College Students and Students with Mental Health Concerns

University of Minnesota Tate Conference, February 2023

Learning from COVID-19: A Call to Integrate Career and Mental Health on Campus

Minnesota Career Development Association Annual Conference, April 2023 

Balancing Act: New Career Professionals Supporting Student Mental Health and Career Planning

National Career Development Association Conference, San Diego, June 2024


National Career Development Association
Minnesota Career Development Association
Minnesota College and University Career Services Association
University of Minnesota Career Development Network
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

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