Alumni Profile: Karyn Esbensen ’16

Alumni Profile: Karyn Esbensen ’16
Degree(s): BA Psychology, Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies, UW–Madison
Current Occupation: Recruiter, Chartis

What are some of the benefits of your psychology degree?
Deep understanding of human behavior, research-based perspective for gathering/interpreting information, effective communication, enhanced empathy, optimism + adaptability

How did you find your way to your current profession?
Most recruiters are discovered rather than seeking out the profession, and I am not necessarily the exception. Psychology majors are curious and adaptive, which is valuable. Finding and retaining top contributors is industry-agnostic, whether it is health care, lawn care, or engaging research participants. The common thread across my career has been the ability to connect with people in a way that benefits them and the bigger picture.

What advice would you give to students graduating with a psychology degree?
The application of psychology is vast and the value of your knowledge will continue to surprise you. The breadth of opportunity can be scary, but harness your adaptability and respect your ability to understand the human condition – it’s your gift that has been sharpened by your education.

If interested, please list an identity or group membership of which you are particularly proud:
Psi Chi, LGBTQ, Legacy Alumni, Neurodivergent

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