Jen Skidmore

Director of Student Development

Jen Skidmore

Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them

How did you gain experience when you were a student?

I wanted to help students, save some money, and gain experience all at the same time in undergrad, so I become a Resident Assistant. It’s actually this job that helped me figure out that I wanted to work with students as a career.

How did you become a career development professional?

Like many people, I went through a few majors before finding my eventual degree plan in Sociology. I always knew I wanted to help others and learn about people, and as I learned about my strengths in planning and creative programming, I found the student affairs career path really fulfilling. I went on to get an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I had a couple of roles coaching students on financial literacy before finding my way to Career Services.

Who is someone who impacted your career development?

My first supervisor when I was an RA was so intentional at helping point out my strengths. Sometimes it’s hard to see what we’re naturally good at because it may feel simple or easy to do those things. It can take someone else saying, “Hey, did you know you’re really good at this?” to recognize your talents. I also had amazing Sociology faculty who inspired me to think critically about the systems in place in society that help and hinder people from reaching their educational goals. It’s that work that helped me focus my graduate work on social justice and continues to motivate me to work for greater access and inclusion for students today. I’m grateful for these people and the influence they’ve had on my personal and professional growth.

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