Career Transition Coaching

Imagine loving what you do for a living.

Imagine having someone on your side that can help you in discovering how to advance your career and secure new opportunities even in the midst of a competitive job market.

Whether you are looking to advance from your current position or change industries entirely, or you are embarking on a faculty job search, career coaching with Academy Coaching is the support you are looking for. My professional experiences as Director of Dual Career Recruitment at the University of Michigan combined with success as an organizational consultant in industry and my master's degree in clinical Social Work give me a back ground that few other career coaches can claim. It is my sincere belief that this expertise and education translates into an immeasurable value for each of my clients.

Career coaching with Sally will help you:

  • Develop a career transition action plan
  • Write compelling cover letters / resumes
  • Develop successful interview techniques
  • Evaluate offer(s) and negotiate wisely
  • Effectively transition into your new role
  • Become an influential leader

I am honored to have worked with so many amazing men & women over the years in Higher Education, Health Care and Industry. If you would like to explore working together please feel free to contact me at or register today for coaching!

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What clients are saying:

Sally helped me understand what I loved to do and develop a resume that reflected that so I could get the position I really wanted. Sally helped me develop a competency based resume that really communicated to prospective employers. Sally also helped me prepare for the interview by developing an approach that got my key points across quickly and concisely. I got the perfect job!"

John Gohsman

Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer
Washington University in St Louis

I reached out to Sally shortly after moving to Ann Arbor for the first time, following a decade of living overseas. I wanted to transition from work with global non-profits to domestic corporations and while I hoped to be recognized for the skills and experience I had acquired abroad, it felt daunting to have to prove how my background translated to a completely new career and environment. She provided clear and actionable career advice in a continuously supportive and empowering manner.

Cara Coolbaugh

Research Analyst
The Advisory Board

I met Sally preparing for a campus visit to the University of Michigan. I came out of my first meeting with her with the firm conviction that she is a woman who keeps her word. She struck me as a hard worker, trust-worthy, reliable, and highly dedicated to helping clients negotiate the search process successfully for myself and my husband. My intuitions about her proved right. I highly recommend her with absolutely no reservation. Sally delivers, you can count on her."

Marlyse Baptista

Professor of Linguistics
University of Michigan

When I had my interview for the position at DePaul, the very first thing they said when we sat down is they've never seen a resume and cover letter as well-written and organized as mine.

Little did they know, I had an awesome career coach by the name of Sally Schmall who gave me expert help and tremendous insight! You are a first-class professional and I am so grateful for all of the wonderful guidance you've provided during my career search!"

Kelly Slay

Student Affairs Administrator
De Paul University

Transitioning from a Plumbing Foreman in the field to an executive - style management position in one of the world's greatest Universities has been one of the toughest challenges that I have ever faced. Thanks so much for helping me to replace chaos with order, via better communication and time management skills. Thanks also for reminding me to believe in myself while it was all happening."

Steven Snyder

Plant FM Program Manager
University of Michigan

I have sporadically hired Sally for academy coaching for the last three years. I have found her to be consistent and reliable in her advice and recommendations. Her clarity of thoughts and superb skills have helped me to assess and negotiate critical next steps in my medical academic career."

Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD-Ph.D

Research Associate II
Baylor Institute for Immunology Research

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