Mollie Rappl

Career Coach

Pronouns: She/Her

How did you gain experience when you were a student?
As a non-traditional student, I stayed very busy working multiple jobs and balancing classes. I used spare time to read and interact with fellow students who were going through similar experiences, and we would share ideas and stories with each other which helped me consider different viewpoints that I hadn’t thought of. I also volunteered my skills within my professional networks doing marketing jobs in order to develop a portfolio of my freelance work and try out new techniques. Another way I gained experience was by saying yes when asked to serve on hiring committees, attend workshops, or be a part of new initiatives at my jobs, because I feel like on the job experiences really offer great training opportunities.

How did you become a career development professional?
I have gained experience in a variety of industries and roles such as administrative support, insurance sales, leadership, marketing, and rental property management, which all allowed me to work with and interact with large numbers of clients, customers, experts, and co-workers in those fields. I was able to work for the Nebraska Department of Education assisting public schools across Nebraska which led me to the University of Nebraska Housing department in 2016. While working for University Housing, I interviewed, hired and trained student employees who worked on campus to help and serve the thousands of students who live on campus at UNL. Some of my career development experience happens during one-on-one sessions with students who come to me with questions about their next steps or how to best proceed with their career goals. I believe that each student is individually unique which gives me so many different opportunities to learn from them and practice my career development skills.

Who is someone who impacted your career development?
I have had a few mentors throughout my career who have helped me grow professionally, offered advice when I had questions, and encouraged me to constantly push beyond my comfort zone like my mentor s and former supervisors. As a First Generation student, my parents have always encouraged me, cheered for me, and inspire me to do better, so I really feel they have been impactful throughout my career journey.

Specialties and Interests

Student services, career guidance, resume feedback, grad school assistance, interview techniques, networking, and event planning.

Partner Colleges

College of Education & Human Sciences