College of Education & Human Sciences

Courtney Eitzmann

How did you gain experience when you were a student?  

I was a transfer student from a local community college and did not live on campus, so finding experiences and feeling connected was difficult for me. During undergraduate, I mainly worked part time as an optician to pay for my living expenses, which was directly related to my past aspiration of becoming an eye doctor. Through that experience, I was able to gain experience in the field and determine that it might not be the best fit for me to continue down that path.   

After switching majors, I got involved during undergrad by taking advantage of opportunities that were presented during classes or sent to us through email. These experiences aided my resume in providing relevant experience in the field of my major. I utilized my networking skills by making connections in the community to obtain shadowing experiences. I shadowed a dietitian that walked me through a typical day as a dietitian and the different types of career paths that a nutrition professional can explore. I realized I had a passion for community nutrition and through networking, I was able to begin working as a dietitian assistant at a grocery store to gain experience in the field.  

As graduation grew closer, my anxiety also increased because I wasn’t sure what jobs I was looking for as I began my career. I took advantage of an opportunity to attend a nutrition networking event my senior year, which helped me get connected with a volunteer opportunity and led to being connected with my previous supervisor and the job that started my professional career after college. This was a great lesson I learned, in the value of networking and volunteer opportunities, I will highly recommend these to any student. 

How did you become a career development professional? 

After graduation, I was hired as an Extension Assistant for the Nutrition Education Program with Nebraska Extension. In this position, I taught evidence-based curricula to limited resource youth and adult audiences, and expanded my expertise in partnership building and policy, systems and environmental approaches. I also gained skills in public speaking, program development and evaluation. It was in this position that I decided to apply for graduate school and completed my master’s degree in Community Development.  

Once I completed my master’s, I was looking for an opportunity where I could use my development skills and was excited at the thought of working with college students. I was drawn to career coaching because I felt that it was a great match with my skill set and values, professionally and personally. I hope to make an impact in this position by helping students navigate and succeed in their college and professional careers. 

Who is someone who impacted your career development? 

The first two people that come to mind that impacted my career trajectory were Ben Bannon and Linda Young.  

Ben Bannon was my undergraduate advisor and helped talk me through career pathways and guided me through switching majors. Ben also was willing to help me talk through master’s degrees that would be a good fit for me, even after he was no longer advising.  

Linda Young helped me broaden my scope of job options after undergrad and encouraged me to attend the networking event that led to being offered my first job post college. 

Career coaching was not available when I was an undergraduate, so it is exciting that this service is available to help students succeed both while in school and beyond. I was a student that worked hard and cared about succeeding, despite not being “naturally good” at school. It was through supportive and encouraging people, and networking that I was able to launch into my professional career.  

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