Brooke  Medley

Brooke Medley

Pre-Employment Transition Service Specialist


Goodwill Industires-Knoxville, Inc.

Knoxville, TN USA


I followed my heart, tried new things, learned from mistakes and experiences, and ultimately did what made me happy or what I felt was right.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I transferred schools from a community college to Tennessee Technological University where I found my strengths and did much better academically. I learned a lot at this institution.
I got a job working as an after school care teacher. I taught homework help and computer skills. This help me build classroom management skills and strong bonds in my community.
I graduated college (not with a high GPA).
I started a job that I hated, but it taught my how to stick up for myself, new skills, and what kind of professional I wanted to be.
I started graduate school as a professional school counselor.
I started working at Goodwill Industries where I learned a lot about myself and my true passions.

Education

High School
Morristown West High School
Bachelor
Psychology
Tennessee Technological University
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Carson-Newman University

Career

Pre-Employment Transition Service Specialist

I work with students with a documented disability on job skills, explorating careers, and post-secondary counseling.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A typical work day, I go to educational institutes (high school, middle school, post-secondary) in the area and provide one of the five career focused services that is under the Pre-ETS grant. These services are: career exploration, work readiness training, work based learning, self-advocacy training, and post-secondary counseling.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Being creative and thinking on my toes has been helpful. I am often faced with situations where I need to think fast, respond quickly, or develop a lesson or game in a swift manner. I learned a lot by doing and seeking advice/guidance from others. Feedback was also very helpful in evaluating my performance.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Do research on a company before you pursue them. It'll make you seem knowledgeable and interested when you go to the interview. Also, do some career interest profilers to help you pinpoint an area to head into. Perfect your resume and head to local job fairs. Get comfortable talking and acting professional.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You will not make money in this field and the work hours will be terrible. "