Interest

  • Travel and cultural exchanges, countries visited: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan,Liechtenstein, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland 
  • Creative approaches to career development , social media and narrative counseling 
  • Foodie endeavors and trying new restaurants and cuisine
  • Music, dance and cinema

Summary

Career counseling professional with 11 years of experience providing counseling services to diverse student populations and professional clients related to career development, college success and career transition support

  • Experience managing career counseling programs, interns and professional teams to ensure quality of service to clients (students, faculty, administration, community members)
  • Background working with diverse populations and special interest in multicultural counseling  (bilingual/bicultural: Spanish)
  • Extensive experience with all aspects of program development for university and community college outreach programs, including internship development, first year experience and retention initiatives and career fairs
  • Master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in career development
  • Faculty member and counselor for West Valley Community College (part-time)
  • Involvement with professional career counseling associations (ICDC, CCDA, CCEA)
  • Employee of the Year, 2006-2007

Work History

Work History
Jan 2004 - Present

San Jose State University, Career Center

Program Manager                                                                                     

  • Lead career counselor focused on supporting clients with all aspects of career development and specialize in: strategic branding and job search plans,career exploration and assessment and identifying unique career paths.
  • Manage a team of counselors and graduate interns to coordinate programs and deliver career counseling services to students and alumni.  Help support First Year Experience initiatives focused on retention and graduation (team serves nearly 4,000 students per semester)
  • Oversee the Career Center's paraprofessional and intern program which supports training and education of new professionals in the field
  • Provide career counseling services for clients with special needs, alumni/community members and assessment interpretation
  • Design and manage a social media program for the career center which includes the creation of a conversational watch system, devising an online content strategy and assessing tools/services for adoption and infusion into career development workshops (Job Search 2.0, Branding Yourself for Success)

Career Counselor     

  • Counseled and advised students related to career exploration/preparation, assessment interpretation (MBTI, SII, Eureka, Elevations), career transition and job/internship placement
  • Developed and conducted workshops on all career related topics and partnered with faculty to infuse career education into curriculum (more than 300 presentations given to audiences of 5 to 200)
  • Acted as a liaison to various colleges and disciplines: College of Social Science, College of Humanities & Arts, School of Social Work
  • Partnered with colleges to develop and co-organize various career fairs and panels in the Liberal Arts areas: Annual Human Service Career Day (20 agencies, 200+ students), Annual Social Work Career Fair (60+ agencies, 450+ students)
  • Identified and developed innovative career programs to enhance student opportunities to learn more about career paths and connect with inpirational leaders and employers (Roadtrip Nation, Human Service Career Day, Paraprofessional Career Training Program)

Career Counselor, Graduate Intern (Fall semester, 2003)

  • Advised students, critiqued resumes, facilitated workshops and received counseling supervision from career counselors and an MFT to review both psychological and career related aspects of counseling sessions
2001 - 2003

Internship Program Coordinator

Mission College
  • Chartered to build an internship program for the college and successfully recruited more than 500 students to participate within the first year
  • Developed internship opportunities with local businesses and community organizations
  • Provided students with career advising, placement and evaluation services
2001

Staffing Supervisor

  • Successfully determined client needs resulting in increased placements and continued business contracts with Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley

2000

Account Coordinator

Walt & Company
  • Provided public relations support to high tech companies including, writing projects, media/analyst relations and daily account management activities

Education

Education
2005

M.A.

Santa Clara University
1999

B.A.

UC Santa Barbara