The Career Services team would like to introduce Katy Peper, who recently transitioned from her prior role as an Academic Advisor, into her new role as an Internship Advisor. Katy brings 10+ years of professional experience in higher education, with experience in career advising, academic advising, teaching, and residence life. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.
Would you like to know more about Katy? Read the interview below!
Dina Bergren: What are you most passionate about working with Walden students?
Katy Peper: I love working with Walden students because they come from all over the world and from all walks of life. I never know who I will meet and what I will learn from each new person I talk to.
Dina Bergren: How would you describe your greatest strengths?
Katy Peper: My greatest strengths are my ability to analyze as well as my strong sense of responsibility. I find it easy to evaluate situations and think through all of the possibilities. A sense of responsibility also comes naturally to me, and I take ownership of what I say I will do.
Dina Bergren: What career development activities have you engaged in?
Katy Peper: I love attending professional conferences to continue learning and developing my skills. Right now, I am on the 2017 fall conference committee for the Minnesota College Professional Association. Life-long learning and staying current on issues facing students is highly important to me.
Dina Bergren: What career advice would you give students seeking career advancement?
Katy Peper: My number one piece of advice is to start early and not wait until graduation! Whether you are continuing in your current field or switching fields, find ways to get involved through volunteering, professional associations, and other experiential activities. You never know when a new opportunity will present itself.
Dina Bergren: What are you most excited about in your new role as Career Services’ Internship Advisor?
Katy Peper: I am excited to see how my role will develop over time. I hope to create new career resources and improve processes. To me, that is very exciting!
Dina Bergren: What do you enjoy outside of work?
Katy Peper: I enjoy spending time with my family and volunteering with greyhound adoption through Greyhound Pets of America, Minnesota. I also enjoy being outside (no matter the season). My favorite activities are camping, hiking, and gardening. I would love to try snowshoeing in the winter!
Would you like to learn more about how the Career Services Center can assist you in reaching your career goals? Visit the About Career Services page!
Written by Dina Bergren, Associate Director of Career Services, and Katy Peper, Internship Advisor