Fonda Johnson-Gaddie

Fonda Johnson-Gaddie

Faculty Counselor


LONE STAR COLLEGE

Houston, TX USA

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First time in college & feeling unsure if I will be successful.
Feeling like I could conquer the world because my friends thought they could too.
Got pregnant a few years after I graduated & became a single mom.
I was able to make it on my own because I had a degree to secure a decent job with good pay to sustain our quality of living.
Decided to go back to graduate school to make more money. My last semester I got married.
Became a counselor and began making 30,000 more because of my MA degree.
Went back to school to pursue a PhD and my 2nd year , my dad died and that rocked my world terribly.
I felt like quitting but i reminded myself that i was not a quitter, I was more than a conquerer. With family, friends and church support I finished!

Education

High School
Bachelor
Social Psychology
Prairie View A&M University
Graduate
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Prairie View A&M University
Doctorate
Christian Leadership
John Wesley University

Career

Faculty Counselor

I work with students in community college setting figure out what to major in and choose the best career suited for them

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Entrepreneurship
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

As a counselor, I don't wait in my office for students to come to me, I go to them. I go to classrooms at the college and do 30 min to an hour presentations on Career Services. I teach students how to create a resumes, how to prepare for an interview, how to choose and explore options for a major, How to search for jobs , what to wear and how to present themselves. I coordinate Job Fairs, Fashion Shows, develop company partnerships. I meet with students one on one in counseling settings.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Compassion, creative problem solving, motivation, inspiring and goal oriented.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Sit down with someone that will help you set goal to finish. Set financial goals to secure funds for school. Identify and barriers that could keep you from finishing. Research resources that will help you overcome the barriers. Develop a circle of success (mentors) that will help hold you accountable to your goals.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Social Psychology
graduate
Graduate
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
doctorate
Doctorate
Christian Leadership

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"How can you be sure you are going to get a job when you finish is one of the most consistent negative question I recieved from people I knew.."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student