Frieda Dietrich

Frieda Dietrich

High School Counselor


KIS International School


Make a commitment to yourself that you will not let anything get in your way.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Kicked out of high school, picked myself back up, went back and graduated.
Started college immediately after HS, figured out the fastest way to graduate and to get a job.
Started in a job which wasn't my first choice but eventually led to what I wanted.
Developed a strong reputation in my field and eventually went for added graduate work, which led to me changing jobs.
Applied for jobs in other countries as a high school counselor, eventually leading to work in 5 different countries outside of the US.
Keep following my journey

Career

High School Counselor

I help students with career, university, personal / social and academic issues.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Respond to students who come in with personal / social / academic issues that relate to their home life or friends or school. Deal with the minutia often associated with paperwork related to one's position. Deal with parents from other countries who may not fully understand the American educational system. Meet with university representatives from all over the world. Develop a fuller understanding of these educational systems so I can advise students who wish to apply there.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Go to a recruiting fair even if you aren't fully ready to make the jump to working in another country. Test the waters, so to speak. You might surprise yourself. Too many college students think in too narrow of a fashion.

Recommended Education

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

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"Teachers don't make that much money. Teenagers are so difficult to work with... why would you want to put yourself through that?"

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student