What do you do at the CDC?
If I had to describe my dream job, this would be it! I get to empower undergraduate and graduate students, alumni too, to explore and pursue majors and careers that align with their personal and professional goals. In addition, I coach students on all career services and development topics, instruct FY1800: Discovering Majors and Careers, and am co-leading the More in Four initiative for WPI’s Strategic Plan. Working with the Student/Alumni Team of the CDC is a wonderful opportunity to develop programs, partnerships, and initiatives to support both career-related and WPI community goals.
I joined the WPI Career Development Center in January 2008. Prior to coming to WPI, I worked at The College of Saint Rose's Career Center, at RPI's Office of International Services for Students and Scholars, and in Russell Sage College's Undergraduate Admissions Office. I am MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory certified, and enjoy facilitating MBTI group sessions. Prior to working in higher education, I worked in Human Resources, developing a college recruitment program, and at Lucent Technologies as a Financial Analyst. I received my Master of Science in Education with a concentration in College Student Services Administration from The College of Saint Rose and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I have a passion for working with Pi students!
What is your favorite spot in Worcester?
I am always looking for the best BBQ and wings. My favorite spot is Smokestack Urban BBQ (make sure to try their bread pudding, wings, and ribs!).
When going through my grandparents’ house who immigrated to the US after World War II, I found a metal suitcase that they used for travel. I then transformed and upholstered this metal suitcase into a chair!
Advice for Students:
My 8th grade geometry teacher had a saying that has followed me through the years: If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It is very important that you prepare for your internship/co-op/job search as if every application and interview is for your dream job. In addition, take time to really learn about your major, the needed skills/tools to be successful, and the various career paths that stem from each major. The CDC is a great resource to support you through your preparation of pursuing your dream career!