My name is Gwynn Klobes and I am the Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4) Director. This program enables me to guide and assist students with their transition from academia to a vocation in the workplace.
Through self-assessment testing and hands-on experiences in job shadows, mock interviews, and internships, students learn to refine their strengths to help them find their “right fit” career and vocation in life. After five years of data, our students are in the 92% percentile for employment six months out after graduation.
I came to the University to go back and get a teaching degree. Instead, I ended up with a job offer. I then received a Theology undergraduate degree in 2008 by taking one class at a time over a period of 11 years. Three years later, I was back in the classroom working on my MBA. After 14 years in the classroom, I have both my degrees from University of Portland.
When I am not on campus, I enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren. Family is the most important thing to me. My other love is the thrill of catching fish. I never wanted to go near the water, but with an insistent retiring husband, he wanted a fishing boat. After catching my first fish, I was hooked!
The advice I would give my 20-year self is to pray for guidance for the journey. I am passionate about helping students find out who they are as a human. I tell my students there are so many directions you can take in life, but the best way to find your true self and a right-fit vocation is by embracing honest self-assessment and participating in experiential learning.