How did you gain experience when you were a student?
When I was a student, I had several jobs on and off-campus, which helped me explore my career interests. Off-campus, I worked as a tutor and teacher’s assistant for middle schoolers. On-campus, I worked as an administrative assistant, a resident assistant, and as a peer career guide.
How did you become a career development professional?
As an undergraduate, I started as an “open option” student, switched to Secondary Education, and switched a final time to Communication Studies. I loved working with other college students as a resident assistant and peer career guide, so I decided to work towards a graduate degree in higher education. My favorite experiences in graduate school were my internships in academic advising and career advising, and I’ve been working in those areas ever since I graduated.
Who is someone who impacted your career development?
I was fortunate to have many people support me in my career development on campus! During my freshman year, I had a really wonderful academic advisor who helped me explore areas of interest as an undecided student and encouraged me to try many different areas. When I became an RA, my supervisor at the time was the first person who helped me consider careers outside of those I knew about, including higher education. Finally, my supervisor for the peer career guide position I had my senior year helped me to grow in important skill sets – asking questions and listening well, leading work projects, and many more skills that I still use to this day.