I am a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Cameroon in the area of Community Health.
I run support groups, do capacity building to health care workers/ teachers/ students, do health education, and work with a number of related health issues in my village.
What is your typical work day like?
I don't have a typical work day. I wake up and every day is what I make it.
What path did you take to your current career, were there other jobs along the way?
I applied for the Peace Corps while as student at UWEC. I graduated in May 2011 and was sent to country to begin service in September 2011.
How did your liberal arts education at UW-Eau Claire help prepare you for your career?
Gave me an overall understanding and introduction to several areas that facilitate life. Although I may not be a specialist in a given field, the liberal arts education certainly left me feeling much more confident, prepared to take on a number of opportunities as well as enlightened. I learned how to be a leader, work as a team, facilitate workshops/lessons, able to learn about different social theories, able to learn different languages- thus building communication with a larger amount of world population. I enjoyed meeting people who were studying different fields and being able to discuss other issues or topics not always included in my major.
Is there something more you wish you would have done in college to prepare for your career?
I probably would have double majored in Social Work or taken 5 years to turn one of my minors (French and Sociology) into a major. Overall, I am very pleased with my time at UWEC and felt prepared for the next step in life when the time came.
What advice do you have for UW-Eau Claire students to become successful in their own careers?
Do what you love, if you aren't happy in a given career you won't be motivated to stick with it. Being a photographer or teacher or _______ may pay you less in the long run than a doctor or lawyer might, but it won't feel like work if you actually like what you're doing and want to keep at it for a long amount of time.
Also, don't be afraid to ask questions or step outside of the box into a non-traditional career path. I suggest doing something abroad.