Wendy Shoemaker

career counselor in Lawrence, Kansas

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Taking little steps now can lead to big outcomes later on. As the Senior Associate Director, I motivate people to do that every day. I supervise the career education team, a group of dedicated professionals devoted to the success of KU students. I conduct research, train new career counselors, and teach, often internationally. Embracing "happy accidents" has opened doors for me to work in Africa, Europe and the UK and inspired me to create the course, "Preparing for International Careers", a course designed to help students understand the international nature of the world of work.

The majority of my free time from March through October is spent in the garden. I bike to work most days and volunteer in the community teaching people about gardening and other horticultural issues. During the winter months, you can find me in a movie theatre, going to live reading events or listening to podcasts. I am fascinated by other perspectives and love a good story. A pilgrim soul and map gazer, I am in search of wonder around every corner.

  • Work
    • University Career Center
  • Education
    • Master of Arts, Education
    • Bachelor of Arts, Geography