Roxanne Farkas

Career Advisor

Areas of specialization

  • Undergraduate undeclared students
  • Freshmen and Transfer Students/Community Centers
  • Undecided (career assessments including StrengthsFinder and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

My personal career assessment

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: ENFJ

StrengthsFinder Top 5 themes:

  • Ideation
  • Input
  • Positivity
  • Command
  • Futuristic

My role at UC San Diego

As a career advisor, my ultimate goal is to assist students with making decisions about their career goals, as well as motivating and encouraging students to start a career plan of action.

My career path

My career path began as a toss-up between education and business. Working as a graduate intern at the Human Resource Department at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and then as an Intern Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program at Cal State Hayward opened many doors for me in both the private sector and educational institutions. I enjoyed both working environments and gained tremendously valuable skills which prepared me for two different occupations. As a self-supported graduate student attending school full time while holding two paid internship positions, I sacrificed a great deal on my journey, but in the end, the payoff was well worth it.

The rewards in doing what I do

Ever since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be in a helping profession. I wanted to give back to the educational community. I had two mentors along the way who guided me and motivated me toward an educational career. I love seeing students' growth and accomplishments when they walk in and out of my office, sharing success stories on getting internships, jobs, and much more.

My words of wisdom to students

Anything you do in life is considered experience that is invaluable to your personal and career development - don't forget that. Take advantage of all opportunities that may come your way, as they could only lead to bigger and brighter future endeavors.

In my free time...

I take full advantage of the beautiful outdoors in sunny San Diego with my family.