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Sean Smith, MBA (He/Him)

Career & Leadership Coach

Virtual Career Coaching


Areas of Emphasis:

  • Existentialism & Coaching

  • Self-Reflection

  • Job & Career Changes

  • Job Search Strategy

  • Career Advancement

  • Accountability


  • One-on-One Coaching

  • Group Coaching

  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing


Groups are subject to availability. Review up-to-date pricing and packaged details.

I was interviewing for 3 different jobs, all somewhat similar but each having its own idiosyncrasies. Sean helped me think about what I wanted to highlight in each process and trained me on why it was essential to focus on certain parts of my story at different points in each process. Through a few mock interviews with Sean, we crafted my story, and I was able to articulate the most important factors clearly and concisely. Sean’s detail-oriented style and genuine interest helped me receive multiple job offers and negotiate a favorable compensation package!

Hired into Sequoia /
Y Combinator-backed Startup

Coaching with Sean


Forging your path. ​Career coaching does not look the same for any two people. It is important to understand your current mindset, past experiences, motivations, and wishes.


For example:

  • You may desire to remain on your current path and optimize your next step. 

  • You may feel disappointed on your current path and wish to identify options.

  • You may be out of work and need help finding your next role.

Forging accountability. Accountability is the biggest barrier to navigating career mobility, job transitions, and available resources. Coaching relationships hinge on both the coach and the client remaining accountable to the plan.


Depending on your needs, we can experiment with any or all of the following:

  • Using sessions as dedicated practice, accountability, or work time.

  • Assigning “homework” to be completed between sessions.

  • Communicating reminders between sessions (for regular, on-going clients).

  • Creating career coaching groups (depending on client demand).

Forging ahead. With a defined path and accountability established, it is time to execute. This is the most tactical stage of career and leadership coaching.

Topics may include:

  • Finding jobs & networking

  • Updating resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles

  • Conducting mock interviews

  • Evaluating and negotiating job offers

  • Planning goals for your current role

  • Asking for a promotion

  • Ongoing development conversations

  • Navigating work conflict

My coaching clients tend to land opportunities in a wide-range of industries and functions, including:

  • Brand Management & Marketing

  • Consulting

  • Corporate Finance

  • Corporate Strategy

  • Data Science & Analytics

  • Equity & Credit Research 

  • Healthcare

  • Investment Banking

  • Investment Management & Hedge Funds

  • Nonprofits & Social Enterprises 

  • Product Management & Product Marketing

  • Startups

  • Technology

  • Venture Capital & Private Equity

Professional Experience

  • I have 10+ years of experience in career coaching and marketing. 

  • When I am not coaching, I work as a segment marketing manager for a Fortune 500 company since 2021.

  • Prior to joining Forge Psychology, I operated Career Smith LLC and saw coaching clients in addition to continuing my marketing career.

  • I coached domestic/international students at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business where I also received my MBA until 2021.


  • The University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Claremont McKenna College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environment, Economics, and Politics

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