Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Started college with “undecided” as my major. Two years in, it was declare a major or no registration. English was the winner,
Writing specialization in hand, I went to work at a publishing company. Movies make it look exciting, but working alone all day in a cubicle is BORING.
Around this time (early 90s) more and more high school’s were adding softball programs, so teaching and coaching caught my interest.
The road to advancement in education runs through graduate school, so enrolled in my first counseling course with the idea that counseling better suited my personality than administration.
Oddly enough, it was a broken leg that motivated my completion of the Masters. Depression settled in when I couldn’t engage in physical challenges. The mental exercise of grad school saved me.
I stopped coaching for 4 years while pursuing the a Masters Degree. By separating teaching from coaching, I learning how much I loved it (and that I am really good at teaching)
A coaching position at my current school opened, and a friend badgered me into at least interviewing. I did, and went back to teaching and coaching for another 8 years.
The counselor at my school was promoted to central office and I was asked to move into the counselor role.

Career

Professional School Counselor

I help students in the areas of academic achievement, personal / social development, and career development.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Helping People

Day to Day

The beauty, and the curse, of school counseling is that no two days are alike. And, no matter how well planned your day is, you never know what else will hit to throw everything off. One thing is certain, I will interact with people all day. I may help students with academic issues, or personal problems, or even more serious mental health issues. I help staff and administrators create a healthy school climate. I help parents understand what is happening at school.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

School counselors have to be jacks of all trades, so in addition to education, find volunteer opportunities that will enhance skills or help you focus on a specialty. Volunteer at a local hospital, or crisis center, or take the training to work on help hotlines. Crisis training with the Red Cross is also good.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Sooner or later, you are going to fail. The prospect of graduate school was daunting to me. I just didn’t know if I was “intellectual” enough for an advanced degree. "

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student