Justin Rice

Career Exploration Specialist (Consulting, Data Analytics, Healthcare, Science Options, Software/Coding)

Justin Rice

Education: M.A. in Adult and Community Education, Ball State University, Muncie, IN; B.A. in English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Role at the Career Center: I am a Career Exploration Specialist with a focus on Consulting, Environmental, Healthcare, and Technology industries.  I also serve as a liaison to the College of Science and sponsor the student ran Consulting Consortium.

Professional Background: I started my professional career as an 8th grade English and Language Arts teacher in Kokomo, IN.  While I enjoyed my job, I knew that someday I would like to work with college students.  Initially, I thought I wanted to work in academic advising, but while pursuing my Master’s degree at Ball State I was lucky enough to work as a graduate assistant in their career center and fell in love with career services.  Upon graduating in 2013, I took a position as the STEM Career Consultant at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  In addition to my role as Career Consultant, I taught two career development courses, one specifically focused on engineering students, and the other designed for students majoring in the hard sciences.  In May 2015 I started at The Career Center at Notre Dame and am so happy to be here.  I am looking forward to getting to know our students and faculty, and helping them in any way I can.

About me: My wife and I love spending time with and reading to our daughter; watching her grow and learn has been the best experience of my life!  We also enjoy hiking, walking campus, and swimming with our three dogs, Bella, Rigby, and Beauford.  In my spare time I enjoy working out, playing sports, and playing guitar and ukulele.  I am a huge live music fan, and love the Dave Matthews Band, whom I have seen live nearly 40 times! 

Most unusual job I have had: While in middle school and early parts of high school, I would help my grandfather mow cemeteries.  I would trim around every headstone while he mowed.  It was long, hot, hard work, but a great way to save up to buy my first car!

What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college?  Major does not equal career!  Utilizing the resources at the Career Center early and often will help you realize this very quickly.  You can do anything with any major, you just have to take the right steps both in and out of the classroom!