Alumna Questionnaire: Paula
- What was your major and minor at UW-Green Bay, and in what year did you graduate? Do you have a graduate degree (MS/PhD), and, if so, in what field?
Undergrad – major in human development and minor in psychology. Master’s degree in Community Human Services with specializations in counseling and administration
- What is your current job and how would you briefly describe what you do?
Service Line Director for Prevea Health. I manage 6 clinic departments (Behavioral Care, OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, GI, Infusion Therapy and the reception staff department), 15 physician practices and about 400 staff. I oversee all the critical functions that keep a clinical department running so the physicians and allied health providers (NP, PA, therapists, etc.) can take care of patients.
- How do you use your human development and/or psychology education in your current job? If you do not, please explain.
I use all the skills I learned in school as I manage staff and patient needs. I am a planner, counselor, administrator, motivator and everything in between for my depts. I work closely with physicians as they develop their practices and make sure they have busy productive practices.
- Was this your first job upon graduation? If not, what was your first job?
My first job after my masters was as a counselor/case manager for pregnant and parenting teenagers in a state funded program called Prenatal Care Coordination.
- What kinds of things did you do as a student (e.g., specific classes taken, independent studies, working with your advisor or career services, volunteer work, part-time jobs) that you believe made you successful in your job search and/or competitive as a job candidate? Is there anything you didn’t do, that you wish you had done?
I believe all of my classes have been helpful in one context or another. The volunteer work and experiences I had during school were also very helpful in transitioning into the professional workforce. Internships were great as well
- What advice would you give to current UW-Green Bay human development and/or psychology students with regard to making the most of their education and making themselves maximally competitive for employment post-graduation?
I would encourage the following:
- volunteer work in your respective fields
- a business/administrative class or two (be prepared to look into both for profit and nonprofit careers)
- look at the upcoming job market to see what careers are understaffed – so that you are preparing for a career that is looking for workers
- being bilingual is a tremendous advantage
- consider going on to graduate school
- find out where in the USA there are job openings for what you want to do and think about whether you are willing to move or not