I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. I entered graduate school with the intention of becoming a Psychologist, but along the way I gained exposure to the profession that stole my heart – career counseling. After a period of thorough personal reflection, I decided to become a career counselor. I ultimately believe that this experience of following my dream, then making changes to my goal as I learned more about myself, has greatly informed my work.
At its most fundamental level, career counseling fuels me because I help people explore and identify their aspirations and then teach them the necessary tools to pursue those ambitions. I guide people in understanding who they are and what they want to get out of work. Then, we explore what kinds of opportunities are available to them in the workforce based on this personal assessment. The final step is to support them through the process of executing on their vision by building skills and knowledge. This can include coaching on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, networking, informational interviewing, interview preparation, salary negotiation, professional correspondence, social media, and online presence.
My work also addresses the emotional side of job seeking through supportive discussions about mental barriers, external obstacles, and necessary workplace accommodations. I acknowledge systemic issues that can make a job search more challenging, and then address these concerns head on. I help people build confidence through this process and learn new tools that they can turn to again and again as they move forward in their careers. Career counseling is extremely satisfying to me because it has the capacity to be concrete and solution-focused, and also deeply existential at the same time.
I love what I do. It is a joy to aid people with their professional development. Through my work as an career counselor, I help people from all walks of life as they develop rewarding and meaningful careers that are in line with their values, interests, and strengths. The educational foundation I provide serves their career goals long after counseling is over. If can help people greet their work with enthusiasm and pride, then I know that I am doing my job right.