The Career Development Center is excited to announce that we have some new staff! Three new Career Educators have joined our team over the past two months. We’re grateful to have them with us, and want to tell you a little bit about them!
Violeta Lara – STEM Fields
Violeta is returning to St. Thomas as the Career Educator for STEM fields. She will work with students, faculty and student clubs in the College of Engineering and Sciences majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
She got her Bachelor’s Degree at St. Kate’s and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. It is her mission to equip individuals with
the skills and abilities to prepare them professionally for the workforce to impact society positively. She practices career education through a diversity-focused lens to break down barriers to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is always incredibly fulfilled by providing mentorship and guidance to the students she serves.
Outside of work, she enjoys supporting local businesses, partaking in parks and rec services/activities, and supporting school-focused events. She also enjoys leisure hikes, tent camping, cooking new foods, and hosting game night and potluck-style meal gatherings, (including sushi and empanada night with friends and colleagues).
Jill Thompson – Liberal Arts
Jill is the Career Educator for Liberal Arts fields (including Social Sciences). She will work with liberal arts affiliated students, faculty and student clubs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jill has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology from University of Minnesota. She has had career experiences in nonprofit, for profit, government, higher education, and even self-employment – she is interested in a lot of things! Her own liberal arts education, along with 10+ years of interdisciplinary research experience, gave her the critical thinking, self-reflection, and networking skills to navigate career moves successfully and find work she absolutely loves to do: helping others navigate their own career paths! In whatever stage of career development you find yourself, she look forward to helping you reflect upon your strengths and goals in order to take the next steps that are right for you.
One of her greatest professional interests is exploring the impact that physical and mental health have on career development, and vice versa. Outside of work, her interests include playing viola with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, running, meeting as many dogs as she possibly can, and finding the best matcha latte in the Twin Cities.
Luciano Guzman – Opus College of Business
Luciano is the Career Educator for the Opus College of Business. He will work with OCB students, faculty and student clubs.
He has a degree in Geography from Macalester College, and during his time there he also took business classes at St. Thomas through the ACTC partnership.
Since graduation he has worked in a few different industries including Insurance, Energy/Sustainability, College Access, and Career Development. He is passionate about Career Development because he wants to help students make sense of a sometimes mysterious and intimidating time of their lives.
Over quarantine he has collected a bunch of houseplants, revived an interest in video games, and completed a cross-country road trip to stay with family in California. With all the time away from people he has focused on being outdoors much more and had a blast hiking mountain trails, exploring the California Redwoods, and running with his dog along the beaches. Here in the Twin Cities, he loves to play tour guide for visitors from who are looking for good food or things to do. He has a few culinary suggestions for students: the Veggie Sampler from Fasika, the Singapore Rice Noodle from Peking Garden, and a latte from his favorite coffeeshop called Hodges Bend!