Career Resources: Finding Your Passion

Career Resources: Finding Your Passion

Career Resources: Finding Your Passion

College is a time of exploration, where you’re exposed to a plethora of career paths and discovering your personal interests and passions. Finding your passion and planning for the future can be an exciting and at times challenging process after graduation. However, Jumpstart is here to support and empower you to become the leaders and change-agents in your respective fields. Even if teaching is not your goal, the resources on this page can hopefully help you to reflect on your Jumpstart service and college career to discover your true passion and translate it into a rewarding career.

Jumpstart Department of Strategic Partnerships and Programming

General Career Resources

With any career path you may want to explore, it is always important to have a strong resumé and interview skills. The resources below can help you to hone these skills to empower you to be confident through your employment journey.

Career Development Webinars

Following Your Passion After Jumpstart Service
Resumé Webinar


Alumni Professional of the Month

Ashley Williams

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California – Berkeley; Recently successfully defended her dissertation and earned her EdD; former Associate Director of EdVance, an ECE teacher preparation program at San Francisco State University


Finding Your Passion

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Jumpstart service can translate into many different career paths. The following course will help you to reflect on your strengths, interests, and highlights of your Jumpstart service in order to find your passion that can lead you to a rewarding career.


Your Alumni Support Team

Maria Monarrez, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programming, Maria Monarrez supports Jumpstart’s workforce development, family engagement, and alumni engagement. She was first involved in Jumpstart as a Team Leader, then became Jumpstart’s UCLA Site Manager. There, she prepared and engaged hundreds of undergraduate university students to work with preschool children from culturally disenfranchised neighborhoods. She also has past experience teaching in an early education center. Maria is known for bringing passion, creativity, and a drive for continuous learning and improvement to her work. Maria’s research focuses on Latino family involvement in the preschool classroom and cultural inclusion. She analyzes not only the importance of family engagement but also the importance of cultural inclusion within the preschool classroom which ultimately impacts and improves the experience for children in the school system. Maria received a master’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a BS from California State University – Dominguez Hills.

Kevin Nieves, Operations Associate of Strategic Partnerships & Programming, Kevin Nieves supports Jumpstart’s workforce development, family engagement, and alumni engagement. He was previously the Manager of Public Programs at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where he lead the curation and design of the Education team’s Public Programs as well as co-curate and design multiple exhibits. Kevin is known for bringing fun, laughter and creativity, to his work.