Brandon Jacob

Hometown:

Burlington, NJ

Education:

Taylor University

My career path to SF State:

Education has always been my primary passion. I began my studies in elementary education and quickly transitioned to education more broadly. My journey into higher education began my sophomore year when I took on a Resident Assistant position in my dorm and realized the learning potential of college students beyond the classroom and formal curriculum. After serving 3 years as an RA, I deecided to obtain my Masters in Higher Education and Student Development and took my first post-graduate job as a Resident Director for 5 years at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. I discovered my love of adviing students and helping them discover their passions and vocation and transitioned to work in Career Development, which ultimately led me to San Francisco State University where I serve as Lead Career Counselor.

First Job/ Weirdest Job/ Worst Job:

I was a lifeguard for an 65+ community. It was not uncommon to see a community member cross their heart before jumping into the pool. Given the average age and overall health concerns of pool-goers, it was rarely drowning that I was mainly concerned about.

What I like to do on the weekends:

I have always been active--running, cycling, hiking, tennis and golf. I also enjoy brewing beer, keeping up with the latest TV series, and reading a good book. In this season of life, I'm spending most of my time hanging out with my new favorite person--my baby girl born in April 2020.

Top Advice For A New Student:

Never stop learning. Read the news. Listen to good podcasts. Pick up a book. Watch an online tutorial. Start a new hobby. Whether for personal or professional reasons, learning new things will keep you sharp and relevant in today's quickly changing world.

Top 5 strengths:

Harmony, Adaptability, Restorative, Developer, Individualization

Linkedin:

www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-jacob

Personal Associations:

NACE - National Association of Colleges & Employers