Career Launching Experts

At Launch Career Coaching we are committed to successfully transitioning our clients from the lifestyle of a college student to an employed and productive professional in a career that provides inspiration as well as independence.

Our team (2)

Susan V. Schaefer, M.Ed, M.A.T.

Founder & Owner

Susan holds a Master of Arts degree (M.A.T.) in Teaching and a Master of Education degree (M.Ed) and has completed the Career Coaching Mastery Certification Program through C.T.A. (Coach Training Alliance). With a proven record of improving academic success for students both nationally and internationally, Sue is committed to helping students and young adults realize their potential and reach their goals through her successful companies, Academic Coaching Associates (ACA), and Launch Career Coaching. Sue’s expertise is focused on strengthening executive function skills including organization, time management, pre-planning, prioritizing and problem solving. One of the reasons for Sue’s success is her gift for motivating and forming positive connections with her clients.

Sue was recently featured in Innovation Destination Hartford as an entrepreneurial success story for her work in career coaching, specifically with young adults just beginning their careers. She is a volunteer mentor for Untapped Potential, a non-profit organization that helps women who have opted out of the workforce for a period of time to raise their children to opt back in and make a smooth re-entry to the work place.

Our team (3)

Christine Riley, M.A.

Career Coach, Transition from College

Christine holds a Master’s Degree (M.A) in Counseling and Clinical Practices and has been part of the University of Hartford team for the past 5 years. She began her career in the Office of Admission, Career Services and currently is the Associate Director of the University of Hartford Center for Student Success. Her primary goal is to help students acquire the tools needed to make effective career decisions during each phase of their academic career development. As a Career Coach, Christine assists with résumés, cover letters, interviews, and teaches students how to use LinkedIn to network professionally. She can provide self-assessments to assist students in exploring majors and careers as well. Assessment tools can help individuals determine the type of work and environment that are best suited for them by examining their skills and interests. Additionally, she encourages and coaches students how to effectively connect with people in their field of interest through informational interviews. Whether students are just starting out, or have a clear career objective; Christine meets with students individually to assess their individual needs and provide solution focused support.


Andrea Miller, M.Ed., C.T.A.

Career Coach

Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) in General Counseling and is a certified life coach. Andrea guides young adults in bridging the gap from the life of a college student to a productive, successful member of society.

Andrea worked at the University of Hartford for 21 years in the areas of Academic and Personal Counseling and was Associate Director of the Student Success Center. She also taught a course each semester for undecided students to choose a major most suited for them. Andrea is certified in Typefocus, a cutting-edge assessment tool that helps students choose a viable career path. Andrea uses her wealth of experience to help college students and young adults develop organizational abilities, problem-solving strategies, and life skills that will lead them to fulfilling careers.

Our team

Celia Lofink, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Lead Career Coach

Celia’s depth of experience and astounding success assisting countless recent graduates and young professionals land their first jobs makes her a top-notch Career Coach. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Education from Boston College. Presently, she is the Assistant Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. She teaches topics related to career readiness, the mechanics of job searches, interviewing, networking, and internship pursuits. She works with the University’s Office of Career Services and Barney internship coordinators to improve her student’s career development experience.

Celia heads up our Prepare for Takeoff program which guides college students toward picking an appropriate major and helps young adults narrow their career choice. She is a master at honing in on just the right fit for her clients. She works one on one with clients to map out their steps to success. She is proud of the fact that in the eight years she has been career coaching, 93% of the clients she works with have secured placement in their first career job.


Steven J. Schaefer, M.B.A., C.F.A.

Consultant, Careers in Business 

Steve brings 30 years of corporate experience in business, specializing in the financial services industry, to the young adults he works with at Launch Career Coaching. Having held the positions of Director at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Babson Capital Management, and Allstate Financial, his passion has been on helping those organizations with onboarding, intern evaluations, corporate etiquette, and professionalism with new hires. In addition, Steve applies his extensive business background and experience to help those seeking positions in the corporate world with resume building and editing, business writing, and developing appropriate interview skills.

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