Sara Monroe

Sara Monroe

Career Coach


Old Dominion University


Seek support and resources through your university and develop relationships with others in your community.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Unable to continue attending private school during middle school due to an infraction that led to expulsion.
Adjusting to moving out of my hometown and attending a public school, a system completely new to me.
Entering into a relationship that involved intimate partner violence and led to involvement in the legal system.
Graduating high school and moving to Florida in order to gain new experiences and pursue my bachelor's degree.
Finding myself, reaching self-acceptance, and coming out as bi-sexual to friends and family members despite expected challenges and difficulties.
Studying abroad in London, England throughout my final semester and then graduating from college with honors.
Obtaining a job outside of my field of study and beginning to study for the GRE for entrance into a counseling graduate program.
Being accepted into ODU's Master of Education graduate program and obtaining an M.S. Ed. after graduating with honors.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Kempsville High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Graduate
Education, General
Old Dominion University
Doctorate
Certification/License
Vocational

Career

Career Coach

I assist students and alumni in achieving personal and professional growth.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A typical work day involves collaborating with students to develop professional goals, providing feedback on professional documents (i.e. resumes, cover letters, etc), communicating with staff members to ensure students are receiving relevant resources, utilizing career-related tools and software, and attending career events hosted by the department.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Some of the skills I have found to be useful in a professional environment are organization, attention to detail, time management, prioritization, innovation, creativity, and communication.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

During your experience in college, try to find a job on campus in a department in which you are interested. This will allow you to make connections and will provide you the opportunity to begin developing as a professional. Higher education institutions have many different offices to promote student success and Career Development Services offers many programs and events that allow students to become involved and participate. This will help with a foot in the door.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
doctorate
Doctorate
certification
Certification/License
certification
Vocational

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"My concentration in mental health counseling may not be useful in a higher education environment."

Challenges I Overcame

LGBT