How did you get started in career services?
Like a lot of people in our field I think, I got into career services by happenstance. For my first 2-3 years in university, I was undecided as to what major I was going to finish. I even had a mid-college crisis in which I really lost motivation in doing well in my studies because I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take. Then, in 3rd year, after a really tough semester, I found my focus. I wasn’t sure completely at that point what my career path would be but I knew that I wanted to help people find their path. I decided on a major to complete (Sociology), and thought I would end up going to law school to pursue education law. As I was getting ready to apply to law school, I decided to instead get my Master’s in School Counselling. I thought I would work as a high school guidance counsellor or maybe as an Academic Advisor at a university. Instead, I ended up working in a university after graduation and a year later started my first job at a career center. It’s funny how life leads you to career paths that are meant for you.
You have done a lot of work with the CACEE Competencies team - What has this work, and getting involved in CACEE meant to you?
Being involved in the CACEE Competencies Committee has been a great way to get to know other members of CACEE, and learn more about the inner workings of the association. It has been great to be a part of the development of the Competencies, which will inform professional development in CACEE and be of use to all CACEE members. I definitely encourage getting involved in CACEE. It can be a way to develop skills that will help you in your career and also impact the operations of CACEE. For example, I am currently co-chairing the CACEE Competencies Committee, an experience that will allow me to develop my leadership and project management skills.
What do you do outside of work? Hobbies? Family? Interests?
This may seem unconventional but I am actually very much into astrology. I have been learning about it for years and have started an astrology brand (Astronatic) that provides articles on celebrities and astrology readings. Working on this brand allows me to exercise my entrepreneurial spirit, and I find astrology to be a tool I can use to help others learn more about themselves and their path.