Victoria Trauger

Career Exploration Specialist (Biotechnology, Construction, Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation)

Victoria Trauger

Education: M.S.Ed in Counseling & Personnel Services, Fordham University, New York, NY; B.A. in Psychology, Concentration in Counseling, Messiah College, Grantham, PA

Role at the Career Center: I am a Career Exploration Specialist with a focus on biotechnology, construction, energy, environmental, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. I am also the Exploration liaison to the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

Professional Background: I knew early on that I wanted to do some form of counseling. Working with diverse populations and helping them discover their interests, goals and desires has been a passion of mine. When I went to graduate school I had a Career Counseling and Assessment class, this experience along with my experience of working with students from an independent international boarding school doing college and career planning, led to my interest in career counseling. Shortly after, I started at New York University's Career Center, and this interest turned into a passion. I then began working in Career Services at Lafayette College and Muhlenberg College. In April of 2014, I came to work in The Career Center at Notre Dame and I am very excited to be here!

About Me: Some of my favorite things in life are: food (especially macaroni & cheese, sushi, and NY bagels), traveling (Greece, Paris, London and San Francisco to name a few), football (go Eagles!), adventures (sky diving, bungee jumping and hot air balloons) the beach (or as we call it in NJ the shore!), and coffee (Dunkin Donuts to be exact)... If you can't tell I am from NJ and lived in NYC, but don't worry I do not have an accent or fist pump on a regular basis… and I do know how to drive! A couple other fun facts, I can name all of the US Presidents and I will try almost anything at least once!

Most unusual job I have had: I can't say I have had any unusual jobs, but I did work the front desk at a gym and a little fun fact...I never used the gym once...oops.

What do I know now about career development that I wish I knew when I was in college? I wish I would have understood how many helpful resources the Career Center really has to offer. I also wish I would have taken more chances and sought after more internships and externships. These experiences can be so influential in deciding what it is you want and don't want in a career. I think it is important to remember that life is about the journey and not the destination, so take chances because it will help shape who you are as an individual.