Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Credential
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification
Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Certification
Hi! I’m the Career Center Coordinator at Cypress College. I’ve had the good fortune of doing this particular line of work since 1996 and even greater luck to have been a member of the Cypress College Team since 1980. Through these years, my career has journeyed many roads. Some roads have been smooth and others rich with obstacles and challenges, but I wouldn’t change a thing. My knowledge, skills and abilities have grown and evolved with each encounter. I’m truly grateful to each and every student, coworker, boss and friend I’ve met at Cypress College.
When I was in 5th grade, my instructor asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I knew exactly what I would say. I’d played at being a school teacher since I could talk. I made my own grade books and assignments and tortured my friends with play-homework. So, I looked my instructor in the eye and proudly said, “I’m going to be a teacher." He looked me square in the eye and said, “Oh, there won’t be any jobs available by the time you graduate college." Poof! My dream was gone. From that moment forward I didn’t set career goals because I didn’t want to be disappointed again, or have my dreams snatched from my grasp.
So, while I was busy NOT making plans, I discovered my interests, figured out my values, understood my personality, enhanced my skills, and I discovered a career for myself that allows me to do most of the things I enjoy. I even have the opportunity to “teach” in a variety of non-traditional ways. In my role as Career Center Coordinator I’ve helped to create an environment where:
- people can dream
- goals can be explored
- decisions made
- interests, values, skills and personality identified, and
- tools and resources for lifelong learning can be used to their fullest.
I don’t want anyone to have their career goals dashed so I invite you to visit the Career Planning Center to feel supported on your path and prepare you with the knowledge and tools to achieve your goals.