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CSUSM College of Business Administration Hire CoBA Program

About Hire CoBA


The Hire CoBA program provides students with coaching support while in pursuit of career opportunities prior to graduation. This program builds upon the skills they acquired in the BUS 300: Business Professional Development course by providing additional motivational support with post-university career planning. Students classified as seniors are eligible for Hire CoBA. The Career Planning Coaches help students to create goals, set deadlines, and serve as a resource in the application process.

This program is made possible by the generous financial support from our university community partner, LPL Financial. A special thank you also to CSUSM's Student Academic Support Services and the Career Center at CSUSM for supporting the Hire CoBA program.


Program Components

Students work with their Career Planning Coaches to complete strategic activities that will help them to pursue their desired graduation outcomes.Hire CoBA utilizes the new software platform, Suitable, to track student progressand organize curriculum.. Some of the program activities include:

  • Bi-Weekly Group Cohort Meetings
  • Career Assessments
  • Career Exploration (Videos and Research)
  • Informational Interviews
  • Personal Reflection Journaling
  • Elevator Pitch Development
  • Networking Events
  • Resume and LinkedIn Profile Review
  • Mock Interviews
  • Job/Grad School Applications

Students interested in applying for the Hire CoBA program can apply now!  *Please note that the Hire Program is not designed to support entrepreneurs at this time; however, students may seek out guidance via the Innovation Hub at CSUSM.

Apply for the Hire CoBA Program

Career Planning Coaches

Career Planning Coaches are volunteer alumni who were successful in securing a career outcome at gradation and have a passion for helping fellow business students. Each coach pairs with 1-3 students per semester to work on job search success and accountability. Alumni interested in becoming a volunteer Career Planning Coach can contact the program director, Jill Laing, at for more information.

The following is a directory of current coaches:

 The Program and Coaching Development Executive in Residence is:

Thank you to our program sponsor!

LPL Financial