Title: Career Consultant
Department: Career Center
Campus: Hammond & Westville
Building: Student Union & Library Room: 349
- Bachelor of Social Work, Valparaiso University, 2017
- Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Higher Education and Student Affairs, Western Michigan University, 2019
- 2 years as a Graduate Assistant as a career advisor
- 5 years as a student staff member in career services
What path brought you here?
As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to take a class on career development and loved it. At the end of the class I asked the professor, who worked in the career center at the time, how I could become involved in the office and started working there. I enjoyed being able to help students during what can be both a challenging and exciting time on how to use their skills in a career path. I found seeing students discover and work towards their passions to be very rewarding which ultimately led to a change in career paths. After obtaining my Bachelors, I went straight to graduate school with the intention of becoming a career advisor and am grateful for all the people who have helped me get to where I am now. As a new member of the PNW career center team, I am looking forward to helping PNW students in their career development. Hope to see you soon 🙂
What do you like most about working at the Career Center?
I love being able see students become more confident in themselves and their abilities. This role also provides a lot of opportunities to meet and connect with so many people. I am a huge “people person” and believe everyone has their own story to share. I love being able to hear why someone has chosen to go into their major/career path.
Quote you live by:
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”
Advice for Students:
It’s never too early to start visiting the career center. Coming to see us sooner will help you feel more comfortable and prepared when you’re ready to take on new opportunities.
The more you put into your college experience the more you’ll get out of it. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
What is the most interesting job you ever had?
My first job was at a bounce house place which involved a lot of kid’s birthday parties. My job was making sure kids weren’t getting stuck in the equipment and keeping them happy. I was surprised by how many times I’d have to help someone off the Velcro wall.