I am a Program Coordinator at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in the division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychology. I work with a unique, campus-wide program in which persons 50 years and older can audit undergraduate courses in an effort to encourage intergenerational learning.
Prior to my role at UCLA, I worked as an Admissions Counselor at PBA. This job was a perfect fit for me after my time as a student at PBA because I was highly involved in student life across campus working in offices such as Student Success, Career Development, and Welcome Week.
I wish I had taken advantage of more networking events and internships. Networking and interning are excellent opportunities to meet professionals in your field of study. Creating and sustaining those connections will benefit you greatly as you enter the workforce.
"Trust the process!"
PBA provided me with a strong foundation as a critical thinker. My professors not only challenged me academically, but also encouraged me in my faith, which has sustained me throughout the seasons of my career.
Trust the process! You may not land the job of your dreams as soon as you graduate, but your hard work will pay off. Be sure to approach your work with attention to detail and build rapport with your co-workers. Finally, ask for feedback from your supervisor. Being able to respond positively to constructive criticism is a skill that you will value in all stages of life.
I haven’t had any professional mentors per se, but I have taken advantage of the vast world of podcasts. I spend about 10-12 hours commuting each week, and using that time in the car to listen to great leaders provides me with a fresh perspective.
Spotlight posted in March 2018. For current updates from Missi, visit her LinkedIn page.