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About Darren

With more than 11 years of higher education experience, 10 in the field of career development, I currently serve as an Associate Career Counselor for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. As part of this position, I provide individual and group career counseling to graduate and doctoral students in all areas of public health including healthcare administration, public health, epidemiology, community health, health sciences research, and several other advanced degree and certificate programs. Prior to this position I served as a senior career counselor for the Career Center for Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota where I counseled undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Biological Sciences on a variety of career related topics. My areas of expertise include career counseling/coaching, internship and job searching, networking, interviewing, mentoring, leadership development, pre-professional advising, career course instruction, employer relations and development, personal branding, social networking and media, and incorporating humor and metaphorical thinking into your work.

In addition, I have presented regionally and nationally on a variety of career related topics, including personal branding, using social media in your job search, career services and technology, professional networking and transformation: ensuring student success in a new experience. I am known for my strong passion and enthusiasm of working with all students and clientele, and I love playing a vital role in assisting students and clientele with making their dreams become a reality.

I am currently working on two books, including “The Relationship between Dating and Interviewing”, and “You Want to be WHAT When you grow up?” I received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

I have served on several professional association committees, including Vice Chair of the Career Development Network Board (CDN) – 2009 to 2010; Professional Development Committee Chair of the Career Development Network (CDN) – 2008 to Present; Programming Chair for the Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUCSA) – 2008 to 210; Newsletter and Marketing Coordinator for the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) – 2006 to 2008; Treasurer for the Career Development Network (CDN) – 2005 to 2007; and Opening Reception Chair for the 2006 ACPA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, I serve as Secretary for the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), and Committee Member for the Graduate and Professional Student Committee of CDN. In addition, I have held memberships with MCDA, ACPA, MCPA (Maryland and Minnesota), NACE, MWACE, MNACE, CDN, and MACCA.

In October 2009, I married the most amazing and beautiful woman in the world – Andrea.  After a year of dating, we decided to strengthen our relationship and commitment to each other by implementing a fun, adventurous and surprising new twist to dating – the Mystery Date. Each month Andrea and I each plan a mystery date for one another that can include the simplest coffee outing to the most extreme travel adventure. Going into our fourth year of mystery dates, we have yet to miss a month and have experienced some of the best food, wine, sites and adventures you could imagine.  We currently reside in Mahtomedi, Minnesota and have a kitty named Easter (named after a Tori Amos song) and an adopted 9-year old German Shepherd named Trixie.

As for some interesting tidbits about me…in 2006, I tried out for the Amazing Race with my father and almost made it onto the show. In addition, I am only one in a handful of people in the world with a horseshoe kidney. I am an outdoor and sport enthusiast who enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, baseball, softball and golf. I have hiked Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, and climbed to the top of Angel’s Landing in Mt. Zion National Park.

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