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.
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 higher than the 90th 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 can be found playing with my grandkids. Family is one of the most important things to me. My other love is fishing. 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! It is a thrill to catch salmon.
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 is to find your true self and find a right-fit vocation is through honest self-assessment and experiential learning.