October 2014 Member Spotlight - Enid Nielsen

Why have you chosen to join and stay involved in OCDA?

 I want to support our profession, and I think OCDA does a good job of that. I have enjoyed the chance to meet and consult with other career development practitioners and hear their wonderful ideas. I look forward to the professional development opportunities in the coming year.


What do you most enjoy about career development work?

 I most enjoy watching a private practice client or a student move from a place of confusion and feeling overwhelmed to one of excitement and growing confidence. And of course, there’s nothing better than having someone gleefully tell me, “I’ve been accepted into my program” or “I got the job!” What a privilege to be able to share in that.

 

Tell us about your organization and practice.

 I feel fortunate to have two wonderful jobs – I am a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Tigard that offers both personal and career counseling. In my practice, my two areas of specialty are career and midlife transitions. In addition, I get to work at Lewis & Clark College as a career counselor for undergraduate students. Both settings are extremely rewarding and allow me to work with interesting and different populations. Prior to this, I spent 20 years in the advertising industry. While that had its rewards, I have to say, this work is WAY more fun than writing headlines.  

 

If you had to pick one favorite tool or resource you use regularly in your work, what would it be?

 One of my personal favorite tools is an oldie but a goodie – simply asking people what they would do to make their lives interesting and meaningful if they won $20 million and didn’t have to work anymore. (After, of course, they travel the world, pay off all their bills and buy their mom a house – those are the top three answers I get.) I find that the real answers to this question quickly reveal personal passions and core values. I used to say $1 million, but, you know, inflation.

 

What is one thing most people might not know about you?

 I love old movies. The standby go-to channel in our house is Turner Classic Movies. Oh, Cary Grant, if only I’d been born a half a century earlier…(sigh).


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