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University of Michigan
John F. Kennedy University
MA Career Development
Roxie Food Center in the Mission Terrace neighborhood (best sandwich in town!), AT&T Park
Overly obsessive fan of University of Michigan football and basketball and the San Francisco Giants. Part-time restaurant critic. Traveling near and far with my wife and two daughters.
In high school, I worked at Lombardi’s Sports which was then on Clement Street. I sold sneakers and learned how to deal with a truly diverse group of customers. I once sold Robin Williams a pair of Nikes!
“Just because you’re good at doing something doesn’t mean that you like to do it.”
Director of Career Success
University of Missouri - Columbia
BA in Business Administration
Major: Logistics / Minor: Marketing
San Francisco State University
M.S. Counseling, Emphasis in College and Career Counseling
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
M.A. Theological Studies, Concentration: Christian Spirituality
Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Twin Peaks, Crissy Field, AT&T Park, anywhere I'm with friends
Baseball, Reading, Visiting the Sierras, KC BBQ, Family, Symphony, Living life by my motto: Carpe Diem
My first internship was at Deluxe Check Printers (yes people used to write a lot of checks!) as a logistics intern. I was offered a management trainee position and worked there for 3 years before deciding I didn't want to focus on shipping checks all over the country for my career.
As cliche as it sounds, when I experienced my first career crossroads at 24, someone told me to read "What Color is Your Parachute." Not only did I read it, but I did every darn exercise in the book, conducted a plethora of informational interviews, and finally had the courage to quit my job, travel to Europe for 4+ months, and then apply for and go to the Peace Corps. That road less traveled has made all the difference.
Director of Employer Relations
University of Puget Sound
BA in German Linguistics and Literature
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Fisher School of Business
MBA International Business, concentration Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Home, Duboce Park, Land's End, a farmers market, AT&T Park
Being an awesome mama to toddler Max, wine, cooking, adventure, travel, skiing, cycling, the Giants, gardening, urban hiking, reading, Battlestar Galactica, baking the best banana bread you've ever had.
My first job was teaching yoga while I was in college. I didn't know how to find a "real" job after graduation (because I never visited the Career Services Center at my university) so I left the country and taught English in Spain for a few years, which was great but didn't afford me any sense of direction. I never had an internship, but I will do everything I can to make sure YOU do!
I felt very intimidated in my first job out of business school, especially as an introvert surrounded by assertive extroverts. A women who I admired as leader, mentor, and a human pulled me aside one day and said, "always take a seat at the table, even if you have to squeeze in. And always find at least one thing to say in a meeting, even if it's just to verbally agree with someone else. Show your face and make your voice heard." TLDR: show up and say something so people know you're there.
Associate Director for Employer Relations
University of Michigan
B.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing
University of San Francisco
M.S. in Project Management
Walking through the Ferry Building, grabbing a lunch at one of the food stands, and sitting on a bench by the water.
I enjoy cooking and love to learn new, easy recipes and pairing appropriate wines. I got into tennis about 10 years ago and play actively on various tennis leagues.
My family owned a small business, a Chinese take-out, and I learned food preparation and customer service techniques there.
Early in my career, I was laid off from a company, and my manager suggested that I use the time to look into jobs I felt more suitable for. After a couple months, I got my first job in marketing/merchandising for an entertainment retailer. It definitely was a better fit.
Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
AA Liberal Arts
Teachers College, Columbia University
MA Higher & Postsecondary Education
Golden Gate Park
Hiking, amateur photography, road trips, visiting national parks
Working as a cashier at the Hampton Classic in the summer while in high school.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door."
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
BA in Political Science, Bachelor of Theatre Arts
MA in Higher Education, concentration in Student Access and Success
Dolores Park, Lands End, the Mission
Traveling, running, trying new restaurants, watching sports-especially Michigan Wolverines football
For my first job I worked at my local movie theater over the summer. I didn't find the work enjoyable, and disliked how I always smelled like popcorn. I decided to take a class and get certified to lifeguard instead, which I loved. This was my first hands-on experience with learning how much education can truly change your job prospects!
Find the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at, and what someone will pay you to do. This is where you’ll find a fulfilling career.
University of California Irvine
BA Social Science
BA Asian American Studies
Minor in Education
Michigan State University
MA Student Affairs Administration
Sixteenth Avenue tile steps, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island for the view of the San Francisco skyline, Twin Peaks on a clear day, and Green Apple Books.
I love trying different types of ethnic foods and then writing Yelp reviews. Looking for treasures at thrift stores is another favorite past time. I also love Zumba (dance aerobics). Dance like no one is watching! One of my life goals is to visit all fifty states, and I have less than ten to visit!
My first job was in college giving campus tours to prospective parents, students, and guests. I learned how to walk backward while sharing facts about the university, whether one on one or to a group of fifty! Through that position, I also learned the love of public speaking.
Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to talk to random strangers, whether at a networking event or sitting next to someone on an airplane. I have met a lot of great professionals randomly. Conversations sometimes start with complimenting a person's shoes or accessories.
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Bachelor of Science in Retail and Consumer Science
University of San Francisco
MEd Organization & Leadership (completion 2021)
Crissy Field for running or hanging out at the beach, hiking Lands End, walking the hidden trails of Golden Gate Park, exploring the Ferry Building farmer's market, killing time in Green Apple Books.
Running with my dog, hiking, kayaking, and spending time at the beach. I also enjoy gardening, crafting, reading, and traveling to new places with my family.
As soon as I was old enough for a work permit, I got a job at Wendy's. After three months of seeing the inner workings of a fast food chain, I decided it was not where I wanted to be. I promptly resigned and got a job working the sales floor at a clothing store which I enjoyed much more!
Opportunity often comes when you least expect it and may present itself in unexpected ways. Be ready to jump at it when it comes your way!
Graduate Student Intern
BA Media Studies
San Francisco State University
MS Counseling - Specialization in College and Career Counseling (completion 2021)
The Conservatory of Flowers and the de Young Museum.
Traveling, reading, cooking/baking, and taking care of my houseplants.
My first internship was as a marketing and editorial intern at a book publishing office. I learned basic office skills like emailing and conducting calls, as well as creating and editing press releases for new books. It wasn’t the right fit for me, but it’s what motivated me to go into a career in education!
If you’re in between work and having a tough time getting a job, volunteer! Always be open to opportunities. You can learn a lot about yourself and what kinds of careers are out there when you try different things. Even if you dislike a role you’ve had, you’ll have an idea of what you do and don’t like, making you that much closer to finding your dream job.