Michael Ternes

Lawrence, KS

Formerly a Career Coach for two and a half years, I now am a Program Assistant for the Career Advancement Program and a Teaching Assistant working with the University Career Center. This means that I have the opportunity to walk with students on their journeys toward academic and professional success. My primary focus is the enrichment and success of students' lives through their experiences with UCC facilitated coursework and special programs. In addition to my primary responsibility of reviewing student activities, I conduct research to ensure that the programs offered in association with the University Career Center are effective, helpful, and foster genuine career development in areas of identity, exploration, and engagement.

Outside of work, I am a full-time graduate student at The University of Kansas; having finished my Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology, I am now working toward my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Key research interests of mine include vocation, hope, and the intention to persist in various areas of life. Before arriving at The University of Kansas, I earned my undergraduate degrees from Kansas State University in Psychology and Music. Listening to and playing music, especially jazz, remains a great passion to this day. Other passions include spending time with my partner and cooking as a way to relax and bring together close friends and family.

  • Work
    • University Career Center
  • Education
    • Kansas State University
    • The University of Kansas