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Mari Steffensmeier
Career Counselor and
College of Science and Math (CSM) Liaison
760-750-4967
msteffen@csusm.edu

About Mari

My role at CSU San Marcos

I assist undergraduate and  graduate students and alumni with any questions on “ what to major in” , “what kind of a career to go into” and how to go about obtaining it. This includes individual counseling appointments and workshops on topics ranging from an interpretation of career assessments, graduate school guidance, resume writing and job search coaching. 

Additionally, I work with faculty in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, communication and psychology to help make career services available to our students.

My career path

The “first half” of my career was in business, in sales, marketing and public relations in private firms and Fortune 500 companies, in industries ranging from publishing to technology.  While this experience gave me a realistic perspective of the workplace that I wouldn’t “trade in” in my role as a career counselor, I wanted to have a more direct impact on individuals’ lives. 

When I was an undergrad psychology student I wanted to be a counselor or therapist.   I pursued this goal by combining my business experience with a master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in career development.   For the past 15 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed helping many types of individuals reach their career and educational goals, assisting students in private, international, community college and university settings, and assisting adults in transition in an outplacement firm, overseeing career assessment and counseling at a community based career center, and in private practice with contracts with veterans, professionals in transition and laid off employees. 

The rewards in doing what I do

I believe I get to have a positive impact on the personal and professional development of individuals.  I hope that I get to help people find more satisfaction and joy in their work lives than if we had not had the opportunity to work together.  I find this especially rewarding because of the amount of time we spend at work. 

My words of wisdom to students

In good or bad economic times, it’s important to work as hard at getting that internship or job as you work on your classes.  Once you have a career direction (and it is important to have this before starting your job search!), get guidance on steps that will pay off, take initiative  in your search, persist in your follow up and be kind to all you meet.

In my free time

I love the outdoors, running and hiking and walking on the beach.  I enjoy staying up-to-date on current events, especially  on topics related to business and health, and staying connected to my large family and friends, and participating in personal growth activities.