WCDA Member Spotlight: April McHugh

April McHugh is the President of Wisconsin Career Development Association

What is your favorite part about being a career development professional? Truly being able to assist others in making positive changes in their lives.  It is a honor to be a part of such a wonderful process and join people on their career and life journeys!

What is your specialty within the career development profession? Holistic career counseling

Favorite piece of technology: Clickers for presentations – I enjoy being with the audience and not tied to a computer.

Favorite career development resource: People – for informational interviews, job shadows, and volunteer & connecting opportunities.  There’s no better resource!

Advice you have for fellow career development practitioners: Thank you for the important work you do!

Advice you have for students/clients: Take action on your curiosities!  Get the information you need to make a good decision for yourself at this moment in time.  No one can predict the future, so don’t expect yourself to do so.

Favorite assessment tool: Conversations

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Song: Collide, by Howie Day

Favorite Food: Just about anything ethnic

Favorite Game: Charades – I love the creativity!

Hobbies: My family!  When time allows, landscaping & gardening, reading, being outside.

Position Title: Career & Educational Counselor

Employer: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Education: MS, Guidance & Counseling

Tell us one skill that you can teach to others? How to find/rediscover their inner dreams.

Training and Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Master Career Counselor (MCC)
  • Career Development Facilitator (CDF)
  • Job & Career Transition Coach

Connect with April McHugh

  • LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmchugh1
  • Twitter @aprilmchugh1

About Marie Smith

Marie Smith specializes in helping people gain clarity, explore options, leverage strengths, and set and implement goals with accountability. She is creative, intuitive, and incredibly resourceful. She serves on the board of directors, the professional development committee, and the technology committee for the Wisconsin Career Development Association. Marie Smith teaches the Facilitating Career Development program for the National Career Development Association http://facilitatingcareerdevelopment.com/