WCDA Member Spotlight: Dr. Julie Hau

julie-m-hau-photoName:  Julie M. Hau

What is your favorite part about being a career development professional? Work helps people find meaning in their lives, whether it be though actualizing a passion or helping their family survive and thrive or both. Supporting people in their meaning making process is a true joy.

What is your specialty within the career development profession? I work as a content manager for CareerLocker. This includes contributing to the content on the website, as well as content for other sources. For instance, I am currently working on professional development activities on Academic and Career Planning (ACP) for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Favorite piece of technology: Anything by Apple, iMac, MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad.

Favorite career development resource: Theory is my favorite, so Sharf’s Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling and Swanson and Fouad’s Career Theory and Practice. The Psychology of Working by David Blustein is also an amazing testament to our need as a profession to include all people and all types of work in our understanding of the meaning and role of work in people’s lives. 

Advice you have for fellow career development practitioners: Hearing clients’ truths are powerful. Sharing the moment when they realize a truth, beautiful.

Advice you have for students/clients: Hearing your truth is powerful. Sharing that truth with others keeps you accountable.

Favorite assessment tool:
Personal Globe Inventory (PGI) and Learning Styles Inventory (all on CareerLocker https://careerlocker.wisc.edu)

The Metaphors clients make up on their own.

Favorites: How can I pick just one? There is a joke about me, that I have a lot of favorites. “I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens” (from Ever After: A Cinderella Story, 1998).

MoviesStar Wars and Good Will Hunting

Musicals:  The Color Purple and Wicked

Books: The Land Remembers by Ben Logan, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and always Harry Potter by R. K. Rowling

Colors:  Pink and Purple

Songs:  Hands by Jewel and Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole

Foods:  Curry Squash with Chicken and Taco Salad

TV Shows: Friends and American Ninja Warriors

Games:  Farkle and Sheepshead

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends and working out

Favorite Quotes: “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good” —from the musical Wicked and “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel” —Maya Angelou.

What type of technology do you use? Isn’t all of life and everything technology. Even the trees have a divine purpose and plan.

What type of social media do you use? Facebook and LinkedIn


Tell us one skill that you can teach to others?  I have so many things to teach and so much to learn.  So I can teach something and nothing, as “when the student is ready the teacher appears” (to the best of my knowledge and the internet: this quote is Zen, Buddhist, and/or Theospherical).

Position Title: Content Manager, Senior Outreach Specialist

Employer: Center on Education and Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


B.A. Psychology and English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

M.S. Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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/