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Gabrielle Thompson '09

What is your current job?

Intensive Case Manager

Why did you choose this profession?

Immediately after undergrad I began working as a consultant in a fast-paced professional environment. I decided to switch careers for a role commensurate with my education and values.

What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?

At present I am in a Master's program. I am interested in transitioning to a more organizational or developmental role within the nonprofit sector.

Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.

I took an exploratory step in career development and completed one year of graduate study toward a master's degree in Human Resource Development. I learned that while interesting, human resources was not the right career path for me. The university was willing to grant me a certificate for completion of my coursework, and I recently was accepted into a program that focuses more on my interests and will equip me with a broader range of skills more suited to my career aspirations.

How has Haverford influenced your professional career?

I have a strong desire to work within an organization that emphasizes the value of social justice. I left a highly lucrative consulting career in pursuit of a more rewarding role at a non-profit organization whose mission and ethics reflect my personal values. The pay is far from astronomical, but the work feels more meaningful as I can satisfy my desire to serve and fulfill my obligation to better the community.

The path that leads to the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center and Whitehead Campus Center. The GIAC opened in 2006.

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