Program Completed: Higher Education Administration, EdM
Job Title: Career Counselor
Kristina Feduik, an alumna who received her EdM from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at UB originally worked in television production after obtaining her Bachelor’s in communications from Le Moyne College in 2014. However, it took her five internships to realize she wanted to be involved with helping other people navigate their own career path.
Now, Feduik is currently a career counselor at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts. Due to the flexibility of LAI at UB, Feduik was able to take a career development course and a diversity course outside of her department, which allowed her to learn about the complexities of how institutions run and how identity development affects college success and retention.
“UB’s higher education program captured my attention because of how helpful everyone was during the application process and how there were a lot more graduate assistant (GA) positions available than the other schools I applied to,” said Feduik. Feduik was a community engagement intern in the student engagement office and a GA in the career services office at UB. “The courses combined with my hands-on experience working with students definitely helped prepare me to do my current job, which is a lot of one-on-one and group work with kids.”
During the summer before her second year at UB, Feduik was also able to complete an internship with the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Spending time in the Boston area is what led Feduik to her current position at BSU, and she has been there since 2017.
“My most memorable experience while getting my degree at UB was my internship with student engagement because I was able to combine a lot of my interests within career development with helping students who were doing leadership and community engagement opportunities,” said Feduik. “It taught me how interconnected everything is and how every experience leads to decisions about careers and life goals.”
Advice Feduik offers to future students is to be open to opportunities in areas outside of your comfort zone. “Students may be surprised how at how much they learn when they try something they initially had no interest in,” said Feduik. “It is also important to apply to a variety of colleges to see how different institutions run.” She encourages students to also reach out to alumni or other individuals who are working in an area of their interest because chances are high that they would be happy to answer questions.
Feduik wishes she could tell everybody that their careers are a continuous process of growth and change. “It was definitely hard to change careers so early in my life, but everything was worth it,” said Feduik. “Goals that you have now may end up looking different in the future, and that is okay, but just continue to be curious and a never ending learner.” She plans to eventually pursue a PhD and do her own research in organizational development in the workforce.
“I want students to know that my door is always open to questions about anything career/life related,” said Feduik. “I love to talk to students about their goals whether it is higher education related or otherwise.”