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.
The Explore Center is so excited to have you join us for this year’s Majors Fair. Like most events in 2020, we’ve gone virtual, and are pleased to share with you videos from many of the majors and departments …