#ELGLInspire is coming to University of Houston on October 30th! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them before and after the event! To find information about all of the speakers, visit the #ELGLInspire homepage.
Marketing Librarian, Sterling Municipal Library
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
My first paying job was as a waitress at Pappas Seafood House.
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?
I completed my bachelor’s degree at the amazing University of Houston. Go Coogs!! My degree is in Teaching and Learning, and I am fully certified to teach all subjects EC-6th grade.
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
The class that was the most applicable to my job today was called “Social Education.” Basically, the class taught you how to handle different uncomfortable situations.
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
I just finished Things I’ve Learned From Dying by David Dow, and would highly recommend it. I have picked up Where the Crawdads Sing next, because it has been recommended to me so many times. I’ll have to let you know how it is.
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
The best networking advice that I could give job seekers is to make connections through face to face interactions. Go to that mixer, volunteer for that event, etc. and really visit with people. You never know what kind of job possibilities are even out there until you get to know people in the field.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
One thing to avoid when interviewing for a position is not discussing your weaknesses when asked. Being intuitive as to what your weaknesses make you more of a valuable candidate to me.
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
You should consider a career in local government if you are looking to make a difference in a community. Sometimes that difference can be immediate, like fixing a pothole or issuing a library card, and sometimes it is long term, like creating a better drainage system or a public art space. If you enjoy working collaboratively towards a common goal, then local government could be the place for you.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
Be like a duck, and let it roll off your back.