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Education

Bachelor of Arts

Alma College

Internships included: American Red Cross, Diaper Den, (serving single mothers), and Ferris State University

Master of Arts

Western Michigan University

Courses included Counseling theory, ethics, tests/measurements, consultation, three internships.

Aug 2014Feb 2015

Global Career Development Facilitator

National Career Development Association

GCDFs help people meet career goals by providing career facilitation and guidance. GCDFs work alongside professionals with more extensive training in government employment agencies, schools, universities, corporate human resources departments, private consultancy firms, and many other settings.

Skills

Job Search Strategies
My strategic thinking and ability to quickly connect with other people allow me to help illuminate the best employment strategies for them.  I am always on top of current trends and make it a point to speak with recruiters often.
Resume Reviewing
I recently attended a workshop on best practices in resume trends.  I am always trying to amend my students' resumes to reflect their most applicable knowledge and skills in a creative way.
Career Counseling
Getting to know people's values, personalities and interests is a skill I practice daily and gives me rewards beyond income.  Helping people see what is unique and special about them and how to use that is an honor.  I love Counseling and educating others about how they can use their talents.
Classroom Facilitation
I am some one who tailors my classroom facilitation to the needs of my instructor and the class.  I like to try new facilitation techniques based on the current studies of the class and also on how they respond.  Due to that technique, I am incredibly flexible.  The benefit of the students and instructor is my first priority, entertaining them along with providing the most current information is crucial.

Work Samples

References

Dr. John Chapman, EdD, LPC

Mentor of 7 years; creator of assessment tools; instructor of 600-level Career courses.

Diane Finch, MA, LPC, NCC, GCDF

Diane took over our department in 2011.  She is a visionary manager and allows me the freedom to do what I do best each day.

Dr. LaSonda Wells, PhD, LPC, NCC

Dr. Wells and I worked together in 2008 and maintain a collaborative relationship today.

More About Me

Work experience

Apr 2014Present

Asst. Director/Career Development Specialist-College of Arts and Sciences

Western Michigan University

Expert knowledge in career and student development theory and application.  Advise students and empower them to articulate their values, interests, skills and personality traits.  Assist students in preparing for a career and/or graduate school.  Facilitate engaging career and employment information within classrooms in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University.

Jan 2007Apr 2014

Career and Employment Counselor

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

I had the privilege of working with a diverse population of students who wanted to learn more about themselves and the world of work.  I assisted students with career planning, career assessments, job search strategies, interviewing, resumes, personal branding, and more.

Setting and Achieving Goals

Certifications

May 2010Present

Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

State of Michigan
Aug 2013Present

Career Development Facilitator

National Board of Certified Counselors

Portfolio

Professional Organizations

Michigan Counseling Association, Member, Current

Kalamazoo Counseling Association, Member, Past Secretary, Current

Career Professionals Roundtable, Member, Communications Chair

Special Projects

Student Veteran Committee

Veteran In-processing

The Futures Group (foster youth)

Ace the Interview

What it Takes to be Successful-  Employment Readiness

Speed Interviewing

Faculty Intranet-SSC Menu

Kalamazoo Valley Career and Employment Manual 

Career Academy Resume/interview Training

Individualized Classroom Facilitations

StrengthsQuest Advocate (attendedthree trainings)

Interest

Training and development, reading EVERYTHING I can, researching and sharing knowledge, diversity, social media, professional writing/blogs, running, yoga, meditation.

Summary

Helping students to see their talents, affirm their strengths and separate themselves as unique contributors is my passion. I feel incredibly humbled by the amazing people I meet daily. Experiential learning is crucial to the career development process and I encourage volunteering, job shadows and informational interviewing so that students can see themselves in potential careers.I started studying MBTI personality type at age 12 because differences and similarities between people fascinated me. I am a voracious reader of career and employment trends and love arranging and presenting the best information to my students. I always cater to my audience, engage them in the process of learning, and provide a safe environment for them to open up about their values and experiences. I am an enthusiastic advocate of education and try and provide my students with guidance, resources and a bit of laughter. Career planning is life planning and I want to show students the possibilities that their potential can bring in order to live a fruitful and satisfying life.Social media, branding and marketing are my newest fascination. I am involved in online learning communities and take as many webinars as possible so I can advise my students and help them leverage their potential.