Career Engagement Specialist
Education: Bachelor in General Studies - Concentration in Sociology, Indiana University, South Bend
Role at The Career Center: I am a Career Engagement Specialist with a focus on discernment specifically concentrating on the student's Values, Interests, Personality and Skills and understanding how they all fit together.
Professional Background: I worked in industry for 10 years before transitioning into Higher Education. My first career out of college was in freight forwarding logistics. I learned a lot but realized this was not where I wanted to build my future so I transitioned to insurance and then again to consulting before finally finding my true passion in higher education. It's all a learning process...and that's what I hope to help my students understand as well.
About Me: I love working out and running. These activities make me so happy! I have run the Marine Corps Mud Run for the past couple of years and it made me wonder why I ever just run normal races (although...I still do run normal races because running is fun). I have 3 daughters that are involved in a lot of different activities and they keep me very busy when I'm not at work. My husband bought a wake board this summer for our boat and we're spending the summer trying to learn how to do that. So far...well...we're trying. I love to read and my favorite books are The Hunger Games trilogy and The Help, but I read a lot so if you ever need a good recommendation...I can give a few.
Most unusual job I have had: I worked at a fitness club when I was in Jr. High and my job title was "Ball Girl". My task was to wash and fold towels and then hand them out to the members as they arrived. For this I was given a free membership...which I never used. I guess you could say that fitness was an acquired taste for me.
What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college? I was a first generation college student so I honestly knew nothing about career development. I think the best thing I did was choose a major I really loved and was passionate about. After that though...I wish I would've visited the career center (I didn't even know it existed), I wish I would have talked to more people and learned about more career opportunities. It's all a learning process. I wouldn't change those careers I had because I honestly learned a lot about what I like and what I don't like by working in industry first, but I wish I would have known to reach out, utilize my network and resources more, and understand that it's ok to not have my life all figured out. With experience and self reflection you begin to understand where you fit. Understanding all of this would've helped a lot with some of the stress and anxiety I went through along the way.