Name: Mark Slomp
Education: PhD, Graduate Division of Educational Research, University of Calgary (2014). Specialization in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Dissertation on improving career services in Kindergarten-Grade 12 (K-12) schools
Current Job: Manager (Acting) of Counselling Services, University of Lethbridge
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a country music singer.
How did you become interested in career development?
When I was doing my Masters in Education and Counselling Psychology, we had to take a course in career counselling. Before that I didn’t really know what career counselling was. But I’ve always been interested in biographies and people’s stories and how people construct lives with meaning and purpose. That’s be a lifelong interest of mine. When I discovered career counselling I got really excited about it because I realized that’s what career counselling is all about.
What are you doing now that you’re done school?
I’m currently the Acting Manager of Counselling Services at the University of Lethbridge.
Looking back, how did being a member of GSEP help enhance your current career?
I think always building connections with other professionals in the field is extremely valuable. I’ve been to Cannexus a number of times and presented at Cannexus. I’ve always found it valuable to find forms and avenues for connecting with other professionals passionate about career counselling.
What is something surprising you’ve learned since getting into the career development field?
That it’s really about building a life and creating an autobiography for oneself. That it’s about writing your own story and being the author of it.