Career Exploration Specialist (Education, Government, Legal, Publishing, Nonprofit)
Education: M.A. in Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota; B.A. Psychology, Bethel University; B.A. Theology, Lincoln Christian University
Role at The Career Center: I am a Career Exploration Specialist focused on helping students explore careers in nonprofit, government, law, education and publishing. I’m also the Exploration Team Liaison to the College of Arts & Letters.
Professional Background: Education and higher education have been an integral part of my career path. After my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Ombudsman Office under Student Affairs, which provided an amazing experience for understanding mediation and bringing disagreeing parties to a mutual agreement! Then, upon completing my master’s program, I worked for the YWCA in Salem, OR coordinating an experimental teen parent life and work skills training program. From there, I moved into career services first at Valparaiso University Law School for four years and then to the Notre Dame Career Center to work with undergraduate students. I am qualified for MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory interpretation and continue to train in career coaching and the art of facilitation. I have found the career that completely jazzes me -- helping students explore careers and pursue opportunities that utilize their skills and talents!
About Me: I really do love snow! I love cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, and playing with my Sheltie in the snow! However,since snow doesn't last year round in South Bend, I also bike and lift weighs. Tuscany, Italy is probably my most favorite place in the world, with The Pacific Northwest the second most favorite. I thoroughly enjoy reading time travel books and for more "real time" reading - U.S. history.
Most unusual job I have had: Traveling in an old blue station wagon with two of my best friends to work in 10 different summer camp sessions throughout the Midwest!
What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college? The importance of exploring broadly and strategizing a plan to get where you want to go!