Career Engagement Specialist
Education: National Certified Counselor; M.S.Ed. in Counseling, Indiana University; B.A. in English and Computer Applications, University of Notre Dame
Role at The Career Center: I am a Career Engagement Specialist, which means that I work with first years and sophomores, or any student at the beginning of the career development process, to help them with their major and career discernment. I am also the Engagement liaison to the College of Arts & Letters and the School of Architecture.
Professional Background: After graduating from Notre Dame in 2004, I worked in financial services for Morningstar in Chicago for 3 years (as an Arts & Letters major!!) before pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling from Indiana University in Bloomington. While at IU, I took on various assistantship and internship positions: academic advising, alcohol counseling, general mental health counseling, and career counseling. Upon graduation, I joined the Saint Mary's College Career Crossings Office as the Assistant Director, advising first years through juniors and managing various programs. After 2 years I had the opportunity to return home to ND. I love working with ND students and helping younger students figure out what they want to study and what they want their career paths to look like!
About Me: I grew up in the Chicago suburbs as a lifelong ND fan - my dad and my two sisters attended the University as well. I married a fellow Domer who I met on the plane on our way to London to study abroad for the semester (one of the many reasons I think studying abroad is great). We had the classic Basilica wedding (yes, the call in date was insane but worth it). We have a beautiful daughter and a cat that we named after Skylar Diggins (the cat, not our daughter). Outside of work I really focus on spending time with my family and trying to keep up with my friends. I also enjoy running, watching TV (Modern Family and Parks and Rec in particular), baking, and eating the food my husband cooks.
Most unusual job I have had: I haven't really had any unusual jobs. My time as an alcohol counselor with college students probably led to the most interesting stories though!
What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college? So many things!
- Researching industries and talking with people in various professions are musts! That's how you learn what's out there and what you might actually like doing.
- Doing informational interviews with alums is not that scary - they like talking with students and hearing about life on campus.
- Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it if you have no interest in it.
- You need to start the career discernment process early - don't wait until junior or senior year.
- Take advantage of all the opportunities here at ND, particularly within The Career Center - you're paying for them!
- You will have so many different careers throughout the course of your life so if things don't go as planned with the first job out of college, don't dismay! You have a long career ahead of you and you can't predict what will happen.