Katharine Brooks Ed.D.

Katharine Brooks, Ed.D., has been providing career services for more than 25 years, specializing in the career needs of college students and alumni in career transition. She has also worked with college students with attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities. She developed the "Wise Wanderings" career coaching system which is explained in her newly revised book, You Majored in What? Designing Your Path from College to Career (Plume Press 2017). She has twice been listed as one of the "Ten Most Visionary Leaders in Career Services" by CSO Research, and received the Kauffman Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for her service to the profession.

She is currently the Executive Director of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University.  Prior to this position she served as the Executive Director of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University, Director of Liberal Arts Career Services for The University of Texas at Austin, and Director of Career Services at Dickinson College, where she also served as the coordinator of Disabled Student Services. Brooks has taught numerous career-related courses including "Your Major in the Workplace", "The Liberal Arts in Business", "The Real World: The Workplace in the Movies", and "Psychology & Cinema." She began her professional career at West Virginia University as a school psychologist and rehabilitation counselor working with developmentally disabled children and young adults.

Brooks provides career coaching training and consulting through "Career Coaching Intensives" she created for NACE. She regularly presents at career counseling conferences and frequently consults with university and college career centers. She served on the Educator's Advisory Board for Walt Disney World's College Recruiting Program.

Brooks has written numerous articles for career services professionals and students, focusing on the value of a liberal arts degree, positive psychology and appreciative inquiry. Her expertise in career issues has been recognized in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, US News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cosmopolitan, the Associated Press, and CNN/Fortune.

Brooks has a doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology, and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. Her bachelor's degree is in Sociology and Anthropology from Gettysburg College.

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Career Transitions

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