How did you gain experience when you were a student?
As an education major, I was lucky to gain real-world experience through my course work. Starting my freshman year we were doing observations in real classrooms, and as I progressed in my program I was able to teach during practicums and student teaching. I also volunteered at local organizations during the summer to continue working with students and completed two internships at US military childcare centers for graduate-level credit after I finished my bachelor’s degree.
How did you become a career development professional?
My major was elementary education, but constantly moving made it hard to commit to a teaching job. After teaching at the UNL Children’s Center for a few years I decided to pursue a master’s in higher education administration and that’s what led me down the path of becoming a career development professional. I had an assistantship in the Office of Graduate Studies and got to work with the professional development team and realized it would allow me to utilize my talents for problem-solving and relationship building, which I loved!
Who is someone who impacted your career development?
I think the people on campus who impacted my career development the most were my peers. By the time I was a senior, I had a close group of friends within the education department, and we all were very supportive of each other. I did my student teaching a few hours away from my university, so they helped keep me connected to what was going on around campus.
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