I’m Candace Lamb, founder of The Proactive Professional. I completed a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Non-Profit Administration and Psychology from the University of South Carolina-Upstate, then earned a Master of Education in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. Currently, I’m a Career Coach, working primarily with Engineering and Music students (interesting combination, I know!). I am a certified interpreter of the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. I have also had training in StrengthsQuest. I have extensive experience with resume writing, personal branding, and interviewing techniques. I am passionate about helping young professionals take control of their careers and hope this site helps you.
- Career Development (specifically in higher education)
- Co-ops, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities
- MBTI Assessments
- Strong Interest Inventory
- Personal Branding
- Event Planning/Coordinating
- Career Presentations
- Organizational Communication and Development
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A little more about me–
If you weren’t a career counselor, what would you be?
A narrator for audiobooks! I LOVE listening to audio books in my car and think I would be a great narrator.
What would you like to see in the future regarding careers?
I would like to see more work/life balance for employees—perhaps 30 hours of work each week instead of 40+. And paid maternity/paternity leave for parents. Also, paid FMLA leave.
What was your dream job as a child?
Actress—I loved soap operas as a child and desperately wanted to act in one.
How did you become a career counselor?
During my undergraduate years, I spent a lot of time helping classmates and friends figure out what they should major in, helping them with resumes, and helping them find internships. In my senior year of college, a career counselor came and spoke to one of my classes and it was like a light bulb switched on.
What was your major in school?
Undergrad– Non-Profit Administration and Psychology, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Grad School—Counseling and Personnel Services, concentration in College Student Personnel
How did you meet your fiancé?
We had a mutual good friend, Austin, for years before we met each other. When AJ began attending my undergrad university as a Non-Profit Administration major, the rest as they say, was history.
What does your fiancé do?
A lot! AJ helps LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) college students by providing them with academic, health, career, and life resources, counseling them through personal/family issues, and organizing programming and events for the university centered on LGBTQ issues. AJ also has a consulting business that specializes in diversity consulting for organizations.
What was your first job?
My very first job was cleaning a building after the employees left. Since I only did that for a couple of months, I consider my real first job to be making sub sandwiches at a restaurant in my senior year of high school.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve received?
Figure out who you are, what makes you happy, what you value, and what you need in a career to feel fulfilled and successful. Then find a job that meets that criterion.
What is your biggest career regret?
Anytime I have listened to others or “conventional wisdom” instead of following my instincts.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had a couple of jobs where management treated their employees like robots instead of humans—those were probably my least favorite.
What is the best job you’ve ever had?
Every position I’ve had in the field of career services has been amazing, so I can’t pick just one!
What career advice do you have for young people?
Trust your instincts—I meet with so many students who already know what they’re interested in or even what they want to do. They come to me for a sympathetic ear and validation that it’s okay to listen to their instincts.
Whose career do you admire?
Ivanka Trump’s! She’s a big inspiration to me!