Considering a career change or your next opportunity?

By Jaimie Hutchison

Scrabble style letter blocks that spell SEARCHAs a military spouse, I have moved several times to new communities and endured numerous job searches. These experiences helped me prepare to become a career consultant, a role I performed for over six years at MSU. I currently hold a GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) credential and have given more than 50 presentations on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, marketing yourself, professionalism, etc. to a broad array of audiences including students, alumni, AmeriCorps members, professional organization members, and employees at MSU. I always keep my career consulting hat in my back pocket.

I now have the opportunity to consult with faculty and staff who are considering a career move or who are new to their careers here at MSU. Academia includes various career pathways. On one hand, there is a track to follow for faculty to tenure. On the other hand, many academic specialists and staff have very different paths and opportunities. 

The average person changes careers up to seven times. 

Does that surprise you? I am above average in this area having been a veteran navigator, middle and high school counselor, program director, adjunct faculty member, volunteer services director, family caseworker, adolescent and family therapist. The list is long! I have had 10 careers in total. Not jobs… but, careers! The best part about my current role is that I use all my previous experiences when assisting faculty and staff. You never know what resource will be needed or what individual scenario will arise on any given day. I love that about my current career. I get to use the skills I have acquired in order to help you as you consider your own career trajectory.

What is important to you about your career? 

According to Forbes, there are three things that employees and job candidates are looking for in a company: 

  1. permanent workplace flexibility; 
  2. a commitment to health and well-being; and 
  3. working with a purpose. 

What is your next step in your career? Are you tracking your successes? 

Watch our fall listing of Lunch ‘N Learns for a program about how to track your successes and communicate your accomplishments. You can also request a consultation if you would like to discuss your career one-on-one with me.