Specialist Spotlight – Zaina Afrassiab

We continue our Specialist Spotlight series with Zaina Afrassiab! Zaina is a senior at Mizzou studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and also earning a certificate in Human Resources.

What are your top five Strengths from Strengths Quest?
Discipline Futuristic Developer Include Restorative

How do you think the MUCC has helped you to reach your goals?
I’m definitely more confident interacting with people in a professional setting. I also have really expanded my ability to write and create professional documents, which I think has earned me a lot of additional opportunities. I feel a lot more self aware now that I have completed self assessments here, and have gained a better in-depth understanding of these assessments by helping others understand their results.

What is your favorite service or resource offered at the MUCC?
I think the self-assessments such as StrenthsQuest and Self Directed Search are really helpful. Not just taking the assessments themselves, but being able to sit down and have a conversation with someone, and then seeing how the results of the assessment are relevant to their life. The assessments truly prompt a lot of self reflection, which can be beneficial in your personal and professional life

What makes a good Career Specialist?
I think the first thing is the willingness to help and connect with other students. You also have to have good interpersonal skills. This is because a lot of times you’re helping people make decisions about their future, which requires a certain level of sensitivity. You may also be helping them with things that could impact their involvement on campus and in the community, which can be a little bit nerve-wracking.

I think a lot of times people are afraid to give a resume draft to ask for help if they’re unsure about their long term career plan. However, the Career Center is a judgment-free zone, so someone can come here – whatever their experience or major, and a Career Specialist will help them with that without making assumptions about their judgement or character. Career Specialists genuinely want to help students reach or discover their goals.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be beginning the Master of Health Administration program at Mizzou, and hopefully pursuing a dual JD.

Do you have anything else on your to-do list this year?
I am hoping to secure a graduate assistantship position before I graduate!

Do you have a quote or a motto you live by?
“Don’t treat others as bad as they are, treat them as good as you are.”