Published on June 6, 2017
Updated on Sep. 17, 2018
We continue our Specialist Spotlight series with Lindsey Wilson! Lindsey is a senior at Mizzou studying psychology.
How can students use the MU Career Center to help them find their career path?
I feel like there are a lot of different avenues you can take. One of the best ways is just by talking and getting your thoughts out with a career specialist. Then from there you can get really specific with the assessments that we offer like Self Directed Search and Card Sort, which are pretty direct ways to understand where your interests lie. The Career Center is a great place for students to learn about their career interests and strengths, and we can help them figure out the next steps from there.
What is one thing you wish students knew about visiting the MU Career Center?
I wish they knew that our services are walk-in and that they’ll get one on one experience with someone. And what I mean by walk in is that it’s literally walk in, you don’t need to make an appointment to meet with a Career Specialist. And also that whatever place that they’re in, they don’t have to come in with their resume already made for us to review it – same with cover letters and knowing your major. You can come in just needing a place to start, and I wish students knew that. That’s what I hope if nothing else the Career Center can be for students, I hope it can be a starting point.
What is your favorite service or resource offered at the MU Career Center?
Honestly I love the card sort. I love giving them I love doing them, even though I kind of know my career path, just demonstrating them to people and being someone’s guinea pig actually gets me thinking a lot about who I am as a person and what I want in my own life, in a career and other aspects. I think every time I’ve done one with a customer, they always last an hour or hour and a half, and not just because of the complexity of it, but also because it’s so interesting talking to them and they start to think about things they’ve never really realized about themselves. It’s a good way to pick out values and little intricacies about them that they may have not known before, that even a Strengths Quest assessment can’t tell you. It’s really neat to watch students go through that.
What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on at the Career Center?
There are two that I have fallen in love with here. The first one was being a part of mentoring the Career Specialists in Training last semester. I oversaw the mentors for the new students we hired, but I also had the opportunity to be a mentor. Both of those experiences were incredibly rewarding. I think development is such an important thing within a workplace, and it’s important to have that support system for new hires. But it’s also about being a support system for the people who already work here, because each season you go through a different change and have difference experiences in your life outside the Career Center.
It was really cool to be able to teach the new hires about the Career Center, but also just get to know them and know what’s going on in their life, and get to know them as an individual. I also just really like teaching so I think that’s really cool.
Being a part of the Mock Interview Team has also been really rewarding for me. I love the one-on-one interactions with students who come in for a mock interview, and I also think it’s very important time in people lives. A lot of anxiety can stem from being a part of the interview process. It has been really rewarding to be able to talk to people about why anxiety can arise during interviews, how to combat that, and moving forward what they can do. I’ve just met some pretty cool people and had some cool conversations with that.
Do you have a motto or quote you live by?
I wouldn’t say I have one, but something I definitely live by is to just be present in everything that you do because that is the only way I keep my sanity and do something well. So I think that for me something to live by is just to be present