Specialist Spotlight – Brooke Gilland

Meet Career Specialist Brooke Gilland! Brooke is a graduate studend pursuing a Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Counseling Psychology.

What are the most important aspects of developing a professional relationship with professors?
Developing a professional relationship with professors is huge. They are the experts in the field you’re pursing, and can provide a lot of insight and opportunities. I wouldn’t have known about the program I’m currently pursuing without getting to know my professors first. The more you get to know a professor, the more they are going to provide you with opportunities they think you’re ready for. If they have a research project coming up, you might be a person that they would ask to help with it – which then leads to more experiential learning for a student. You can also explore your interests, as well as just learning from professors and their experiences.

How can the MUCC help students on the topic of Academics?
Career Specialists have the opportunity to help students find their academic path, and also be successful within the academic path that they choose. Students who have no idea what to major in can come in and talk about it, as well as complete assessments. Of course, we don’t tell them what their major should be, but the piece of educating students on the academic opportunities available to them and the careers that follow those opportunities is something we can do. Also, after a student completes the Strengths Quest assessment, they can learn how to use those strengths in academics, especially because there are study techniques for each different strength.

What are your strengths?
Empathy, developer, discipline, learner, harmony.

In your life, what does committing to lifelong learning mean?
For me it means being aware that the world is changing all the time, there are new things happening, and new people to encounter. Since I am going into a social industry, lifelong learning has a lot to do with being updated on current events and trends, and just being a sponge to take in new information. There will always be people that you can gain insight from, and people who have been in a place where you eventually want to be.

What’s your favorite part of working with students?
Seeing the light bulb. Students come in and you can tell that they’re stressed. Sometimes they don’t know what to do with their major and they want to get it figured out, or they need to turn a resume for a job application due very soon. My favorite part is playing a role in helping them to get it. The light bulb comes on like “Ok I can do that” or “I know how to move forward”. I like to know that they can take the next step and walk out of the door and be able to apply it to different situations.

Do you have a life motto that you live by?
I actually have two life mottos! They are:
1) Throw kindness around like confetti.
2) Be so happy that when others see you they become happy too.