Name: Jason Brown
Favorite Quote: “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how’.” –Victor Frankl
Movie: Remember the Titans
Book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Song: What’s Goin On, Marvin Gaye
TV Show: Sense8
Games: Football (sports) and Risk (board game)
Hobbies: I enjoy trying new recipes and cooking them for myself and others. I can’t stay away from discussing and consuming information about professional football and basketball.
What is your favorite part about being a career development professional? I greatly value the relationship I get to build with students. Especially being able to collaborate with them as they navigate work, which is such a central aspect of life.
What is your specialty within the career development profession? I work with college students and alumni. As a career counselor, I specialize in working with students who have not declared a major and with students in the social sciences and humanities.
Favorite piece of technology: I like any kind of portable technology. I love using cloud file storage to access documents across all of my devices. If I have an idea about career programming during my commute, I can create an audio note on Evernote using my smartphone, refine the note in text on Evernote desktop on my work computer, and then discuss it with others during meetings on my tablet Evernote app.
Favorite career development resource: As a graduate intern at UW-Madison, there was a publication that circulated through the office. There was an article about an interview tool called the “Story Bank”, which is a t-table that helps interviewees organize their skills and experiences based on their personal stories. I’ve utilized this tool since my graduate internship and grown to value various tools, techniques, theories, and resources that can help others use narrative to manage their career development.
Advice you have for fellow career development practitioners: Focus on the relationship and trust the process. In some of my most difficult moments working with individuals in their career development, I did not always have the answer, or the best tool, or the best resource, or the most eloquent response. The best outcomes to these situations were based upon my ability to build a transparent, collaborative, and trusting relationship.
Advice you have for students/clients: It’s okay to be uncertain. Make it a point in your life to actively engage in your career development and exploration.
Favorite assessment tool: StrengthsQuest/StrengthsFinder The StrengthsQuest, which assumes we all have talents, formalizes a tendency I already have, which is realizing the potential of others.
What type of technology do you use? I like using social media to consume information to stay current with my field, current events, and pop culture. Otherwise, I have various apps that I use quite often on my tablet and smartphone: Podcast Addict, Overdrive and Audible, and Evernote, to name a few.
What type of social media do you use? Though I do not tweet often, Twitter is a favorite of mine. Otherwise, LinkedIn has been useful to connect with others and I’m a 10+ year user of Facebook.
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Tell us one skill that you can teach to others? How to cook a wonderful meal!
Position Title: Career Counselor
Employer: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Howard University, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, May 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters of Science in Counseling, September 2011
Training and Certifications:
Certified Strong Interest Inventory
Trained to administer StrengthQuest
- LGBT Information for Career Development Professionals - November 10, 2017
- Invitation to WCDA Professional Development Event. Fall 2017. - October 1, 2017
- Save the Date and Call for Proposals - September 9, 2017
- WCDA Graduate Student Spotlight: Jenni McKay - May 24, 2017
- NCDA Recorded Webinar: Ethical Decision Making: Putting Ethics into Practice - May 11, 2017
- Photos from the STRENGTHS professional development event held on May 5, 2017 - May 5, 2017
- Previous Event: Strengths Workshop - February 23, 2017
- NCDA Recorded Webinar: Maximize Your Strengths - February 12, 2017
- WCDA Member Spotlight: April McHugh - February 6, 2017
- SAVE THE DATE: Strengths Workshop - January 19, 2017
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Sheri Eisch - January 12, 2017
- 2016 CDF Scholarship Recipient: Debbie Schmidt - December 28, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Abby Lemke - October 27, 2016
- Brief Video: Job Search Using Facebook - October 22, 2016
- Brief Video: 3 Keys to Job Search Success - October 22, 2016
- Photos from the WCDA Conference held on October 21, 2016 - October 21, 2016
- Become a CDF - October 19, 2016
- $500 CDF Scholarship - October 19, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Susan Guarneri - October 19, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Dr. Julie Hau - October 19, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Jason Brown - October 19, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: John Pritchett - October 19, 2016
- WCDA Member Spotlight: Abby Brendemuehl - October 19, 2016
- Photos from the WCDA Conference held on May 20, 2016 - May 20, 2016
- Photos from the WCDA Conference held on October 30, 2015 - October 30, 2015
- Photos from the WCDA Conference held on May 29, 2015 - May 29, 2015