Gaeun (Gwenn) Seo, Ph.D.

  • Senior Associate Director, Graduate Student Career Development, The Center for Career Development at Princeton University

  • Ph.D., Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Concentration: Human Resource Development

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner

  • Certificated Career Service Provider (CCSP)

  • Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

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Welcome!

This website is a continuation of my dedication to research and practice, especially to Support grad student careers with Evidence for Ongoing success during and after training (SEO).

During my doctoral training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, my own career challenges like "what can I do with my Ph.D.?" launched my scholarly and professional journey. Since then, my career has been all about developing a safe learning environment where any graduate student can explore, experiment, and pursue a diverse array of career opportunities!

As a scholar, I've examined doctoral students' career decision-making experiences and published my work via a wide range of outlets (e.g., my dissertation, peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, online articles in Inside Higher Ed). At the same time, as a career development practitioner, I have served graduate students at multiple U.S. higher education institutions (University of Illinois, Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medicine, and currently Princeton University) to support their own meaningful career transitions (both in academia and beyond academia).

Both my research and professional experiences consistently indicate that:

  1. Doctoral students' career decisions are primarily based on their career values and their first-hand experience, NOT based on their abilities to perform scholarly activities.

  2. Doctoral students' career decisions are made through a gradual learning process over several years by consciously examining what's for them and what's not.

  3. Many doctoral students experience a lack of career support and opportunities tailored to their unique career needs to achieve their career goals, both inside and outside academia.

Whether you are a doctoral student exploring career options or a faculty or career advisor collecting information for your graduate students, I hope you can find something useful in these resources.

Education

Professional Experiences

  • Senior Associate Director, Graduate Student Career Development, The Center for Career Development, Princeton University: 2020 - Present

  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) Curriculum Reviewer, Center for Credentialing and Education: 2020

  • Career Consultant & Trainer, Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM, Cornell University's Medical College) : 2019 - 2020

  • Career Services Manager/ Education Manager, Department of Population Health Sciences, WCM : 2018 – 2019

  • Career Development Specialist: Graduate and International Advisor, Cornell Career Services, Cornell University : 2017 – 2018

  • Graduate Research Assistant for Assessment and Research, The Career Center at Illinois (TCC), University of Illinois: 2013 – 2017

  • Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant for Career Development for International Students, TCC, University of Illinois : 2013 – 2014

  • Program Coordinator, Office of International Programs, College of Education, University of Illinois : 2012 – 2013

  • Senior Executive Assistant of CEO, Hyundai Corporation, Seoul, South Korea : 2008 – 2010

University & Community Services

  • Resource Team Co-lead, International Student Services Committee (ISSC), National Career Development Association (NCDA)

  • Webinar Team Co-lead, International Student Services Committee (ISSC), National Career Development Association (NCDA)

  • Department Education Committee, Weill Cornell Medicine

  • 2019 Virtual Career Expo Committee Co-Chair, Graduate Career Consortium (GCC)

  • 2018 Virtual Career Fair Committee, Graduate Career Consortium (GCC)

  • ImaginePhD Research Committee, Graduate Career Consortium (GCC)

  • Campus Career Services Assessment Committee Research Lead, Cornell Career Services, Cornell University

  • Student Affairs International Education Committee, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois

  • Assessment Committee, The Career Center at University of Illinois

  • Advisory Committee for Career Development, Korean Student Association (KSA), University of Illinois

  • External Vice President, Korean Student Association (KSA), University of Illinois

  • Career Consultant, International Advertising Mob (IAM)

Editorial Services

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Career Development (JCD)

  • The Career Development Quarterly (CDQ)

  • Gender, Work & Organization (GWO)

  • Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

  • Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

  • Reviewer for the 2017 Career Development Quarterly Award for National Career Development Association

  • Conference Proceedings of Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), 2015, 2016

Awards & Honors

Research

  • NCDA Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, National Career Development Association, 2017

  • Hardie Dissertation Award, College of Education, UIUC, 2017

  • Robert P. Larsen Grant Award for Research in Career Development, The Career Center, UIUC, 2017

  • Exemplary Achievement in Assessment Recognition, Division of Student Affairs, UIUC, 2014, 2016

  • John D. Shingleton Award for Innovation, Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers, 2015, 2016

  • John Steele Grant Award for Research, Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, 2015, 2016

Teaching

  • Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Students, Weill Cornell Medicine, 2018

  • Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Students, College of Education, UIUC, 2016

Others

  • Professional Service Collaboration Award, Global University China Career Union, 2019

  • Donna Reichmann Award, College of Education, UIUC, 2016

  • Conference Travel Award, College of Education, UIUC, 2015, 2016

  • Outstanding Asian American Graduate Student Leader Award, Asian American Cultural Center, UIUC, 2014

  • Hardie Conference Travel Support Award, College of Education, UIUC, 2014

  • Human Resource Development (HRD) Service of Korea Project Grant, South Korea, 2014