WCDA Member Spotlight: John Pritchett


Name: John Pritchett

What is your favorite part about being a career development professional? I really enjoy the variety of things I get to do as the Career Development Services Coordinator for WCTC, but helping people through the process of exploring  their career options will always be my favorite.

What is your specialty within the career development profession? Helping parents assist their children through the career development process.

Favorite piece of technology: My laptop computer, although I am looking forward to the development of career development apps for smart phones!

Favorite career development resources: 

WISCareers / Career Locker https://wiscareers.wisc.edu

Wisconsin Career Pathways www.wicareerpathways.org

Advice you have for fellow career development practitioners: Many years ago I was in the audience when Richard Bolles was presenting at a national conference.  He used the analogy that “Flame ignites Flame”.  If we, as Career Counselors, are not passionate about our own careers and what we do…how can we expect those we serve to get excited about their careers.

Advice you have for students/clients: Read “Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life” by John Krumboltz PhD and Al Levin EdD

Favorite assessment tools:
Various assessments contained within WISCareers / Career Locker and Wisconsin Career Pathways


  • Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Color: Green Bay Packer Green and Gold
  • Song: A Pirate Looks at 40 (Jimmy Buffett)
  • Food: Burrito
  • TV Show: Green Bay Packer Games
  • Game: Football

Hobbies: Golf, Bowling, Cooking, Classic Cars, Spectator Sports (Packers, Badgers, Brewers, UW Whitewater Warhawks and local high school teams, and using YouTube videos to assist with home repairs!

Favorite Quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”Confucius

What type of technology do you use? Whatever is needed to do my job…computers, web tools and smart phones

What type of social media do you use? LinkedIn

Tell us one skill that you can teach to others? I can still do a pretty good job of flipping omelets.

Position Title: Career Development Services Coordinator, Waukesha County Technical College


Masters of Science in Counseling and Guidance–Career Counseling and Higher Education Emphasis. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI May 1989.

Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI December 1981.

Food Preparation Assistant Diploma. Waukesha County Technical College, May 1976.

Training and Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years experience in Career Counseling

Master Career Counselor (MCC)

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

Professional Associations

Wisconsin Career Development Association (WCDA). Board Member (2005-present). Past-President (2010-2012).

Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE). ACTE Region III Policy Committee Representative 2015-Present. Past-President 2014-2015.

National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers (WI-ACE).

American Counseling Association (ACA).

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/