Turning Ideas Into Action for Social Change

Have you attended a Career Services webinar and gained new insights into your career or job search?  Jo is a M.S. in Psychology student who attended the webinar, “Building Your Academic Reputation in Higher Education,” listened to our panelists’ advice, and took immediate action.  In less than 24 hours, she was hired to teach GED classes at a community literacy program!

With over 20 years of experience as a financial analyst, Jo decided to enroll in the M.S. Psychology program to contribute back to her community.  She attended the webinar because of her interest in teaching at the community college level.  During the webinar, our faculty and alumni panelists shared their experiences and tips for transitioning into higher ed teaching, administration, and consulting.  One of the panelists suggested contacting community literacy programs to build experience teaching adult learners.  Jo suddenly remembered seeing a donation box for the literacy council at a local store.  She picked up the phone, called an adult literacy program in her area, and was asked to come in for an interview the next morning!

Jo needed to create a great resume for her interview.  What better way to make her updates than through the Career Services’ OptimalResume system?  She registered on the system, reviewed several resume templates, and used the Resume Builder to create a sharp, organized document.  The next morning, she met with her interviewer and was hired “on the spot.”  In her new role, she will prepare adults for GED exams, helping to increase literacy in her community while building classroom teaching skills.

Jo utilized career advice and resources in order to pursue her passion for teaching and helping others.  Her goal is to continue into a doctoral program where she can further develop as an educator and social services professional.  Jo said, “I know that I would never have had this opportunity [to teach GED prep] if it hadn’t been for Walden University.”

We encourage you to also take an active role in your career.  Here are a few resources to help you get started:

  1. View our Archived Webinars page;
  2. Register on and use our OptimalResume system to create resume, cover letters, career portfolios, personal websites; and practice interviewing skills;
  3. Utilize the many career resources on the Career Services Center website;
  4. Let us support your efforts through career advising appointments.


Written by Career Services Advisor Dina Bergren