How do our individual differences, attributes that vary from person to person, impact our jobs, our careers, and our perspectives? How do our interests interact with our skills and abilities to foster growth over time, and what can be done to accelerate this growth? Further, how can these differences be assessed more accurately to promote higher levels of person-environment fit, enhance career satisfaction, and expedite career development in organizational settings?
By investigating these questions, I strive to help others understand who they are and who they can become. My current work investigating the relations among vocational interests and domain-specific self-efficacy, including their effects on performance and career satisfaction in the workplace. Another project aims to develop a basic interest measure that links directly with O*NET domains, enabling more robust career selection decisions.
Prior to enrolling at the University of Illinois, I worked in an applied setting at Korn Ferry Hay Group, an organizational consulting firm. There, I specialized in assessing leaders’ individual differences on our clients’ behalf, and facilitating their development over time. Currently, I am a psychological science master’s candidate, specializing in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology, with plans of continued doctoral studies.