Mary Docken

Mary Docken

Partnerships Director


Hobsons

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always knew I wanted to go to college and thought I would be a teacher.
My father discouraged me from pursuing teaching because he thought there were more opportunities.
Graduated from college and needed a job and still wanted to be in education.
Became an admission counselor and loved working with students and traveling.
Never intended to stay in this line of work but one opportunity led to another.
Spent 17 years working on college campuses and then returned to high school to work with students.
Worked with a technology tool (Naviance) which lead me to work for a company.
Have been with Hobsons for over 7 years..who knows what is next!
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Luther College
Career

Career

Partnerships Director

I cultivate and develop partnerships and build connections.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

My day is filled with variety. It can be filled with meetings, phone calls and research on a variety of topics related to building partnerships and helping colleagues I work with. Communicating via in person, email and writing is essential to the work I do on a daily basis.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Practical experience in working with students. Internships in offices such as admission, student affairs, financial aid, students counseling, marketing, etc. Strong communication & creative problem solving skills as well as the ability to work in teams and independently.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get a well rounded education filled with opportunities to work with diverse groups of people.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should pursue something other than teaching because there are so many opportunities now for young women. You can do anything."

I listened and did not pursue a teaching career. However in the end I still wanted to work in education and that is what I have done just in different ways. Listening is not a bad thing and it actually can help create a path you otherwise would not take that can be meaningful.