Gaeun Seo

Senior associate director, graduate student career development
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Gaeun oversees career development efforts for graduate students. She also provides programming and advising for graduate students on all aspects of careers both inside and outside academia. Gaeun plans workshops, panels, professional development and other recruiting events for graduate students.

You can make an appointment with Gaeun in Handshake

Liaison to: Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Graduate College, Graduate Student Government, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering and all graduate academic departments.

I enjoy: Exploring university campuses! Like people, each university campus has its own unique personality and beauty. I started this when I was a sophomore, but now it has become my family's travel tradition.

My first job after graduation: Senior executive assistant to CEO of Hyundai Corporation in Seoul, South Korea.

An internship/experiential opportunity that helped shape my career path: During my doctoral training at the University of Illinois, I worked at the Career Center. I worked in teams to demonstrate the difference that career services make in student learning and success while helping students pursue their academic/career goals. For over four years of working there, not only did I develop skills and knowledge that are invaluable to me personally and professionally but I met some of my lifelong mentors and best friends. I loved every minute of it!

My favorite way to start my day is: Morning hugs from my husband and toddler daughter with a big cup of (sweet) coffee!

The place I grew up is special because: Haeundae (Busan, South Korea) has the most beautiful beaches in Korea. I have a lot of fun memories there.