The Career Development Office is committed to helping students and alumni prepare and position themselves to act upon a wide range of exciting professional opportunities.

The Career Development Office team is here to help you identify your objectives and the resources necessary for achieving them. 

Meet our Career Readiness Coaches

Our Career Readiness Coaches are here to support your search from exploring options to negotiating offers.

Ethan Rucker

Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Through his experiences as a licensed professional counselor, advisor, and educator, Ethan established his passion for cultivating student career readiness. He received a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and taught in Indianapolis through Teach for America. Ethan moved to Chicago in 2014 and earned an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. He advised students in career engagement and planning at Loyola as both a graduate career advisor and academic advisor.

Contact Ethan to discuss:

  • Careers in consulting and finance; and
  • How to make the most of your job search.

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Courtney Thompson

Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Courtney brings her dedication to advocating for student needs and experience serving students holistically to Harris. She has spent her career supporting students in their academic and professional development. She received a BA in Spanish and Pre-Professional Education from James Madison University and served two years in Chicago Public Schools through City Year Chicago. Courtney returned to James Madison University to earn a Master’s in Education, College Student Personnel Administration. When you don’t see Courtney around Harris, she is creating pieces for her custom art venture, practicing yoga, and trying new foods. Through career advising, she strives to create an environment and a community where individuals can be their authentic selves at Harris and beyond.

Contact Courtney to discuss:

  • The post-graduate fellowship processes;
  • Careers with local/state governments; and 
  • How to make the most of your job search.


Alejandro Monroy

Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Since 2011, Alejandro has been working with students from high school to graduate school in variety of roles.  Whether in admissions, academic advising, or career readiness, at his core, he is enthusiastic about partnering with students to guide them through their academic and career goals.  Most recently, Alejandro coached Master’s candidates in their career exploration and readiness at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA).  He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University, and a A.M. degree in Social Service Administration from SSA.  Outside of Harris, Alejandro is a freelance photographer and volunteers with organizations working to advance inclusive policies and communities at the intersection of education and immigration.

Contact Alejandro to discuss:

  • Careers with foundations in international development; and 
  • How to make the most of your job search.

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Rich Delewsky

Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Rich brings over seven years of experience within higher education, in student services, student affairs, and career services. He has additionally leveraged a passion for marketing and communication, leading to further career experience in retail and robotics. Rich earned his M.S. in International Intercultural Education, with a specialization in cross cultural communication and a B.A. in International Relations, with a certificate in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Florida International University. In his free time you can find Rich running the Lake Shore Trail, cooking dishes from around the globe, and using every opportunity to speak and learn different languages. Rich strives to assist students and organizations navigate the often complex and delicate intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion in pursuit of career readiness. 

Contact Rich to discuss:

  • Careers in finance and consulting; and 
  • How to make the most of your job search.

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Additional Career Resource: UCHICAGOGRAD

Along with the Career Readiness Team for Harris, there are additional tools and resources to help you explore your options, connect with professionals, and develop professional skills at UChicagoGRAD.

Employer Partnership Team

Our Employer Partnership Team is building relationships with organizations that align with the vision and values of Harris.

Learn more about the team.