Pauline Thaler

Career Advisor


I hold a bachelor’s degree in Speech (Theater) from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Education from Mills College.

Note that I NEVER interacted with Career Services during my education because I felt unworthy—I didn’t know what I wanted to do! Now, I know that there is room for everyone at Career Services, at every single stage of the career process. (Come see us!)

Many years ago, I earned my Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and my Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) credentials from the Professional Association of Resume Writers. I later completed a Certified Job Seeker Strategist Program through The Academies.

I am interested in instructional design and eLearning and have taken a couple of related online courses.

What’s the main focus of your work at Mohr Career Services?

Providing 1:1 career advising to business students is my priority. I also help to develop and curate our career resources and our newsletter outreach.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?  

“Everyone deserves to feel valued at work.”

In my early twenties, I also used to give myself the following advice, right before an interview. I lacked confidence and would tell myself, “You are better than anything they can offer you” as I prepared to walk in to the interview. Why is that good advice? Because people are always more important than jobs!

Share something about you that people might find surprising

I lived in Hawaii for eight years when I was little. That was a long time ago—when tourists all stayed in Waikiki! I will always be grateful for that experience.

What advice would you give to students so they can optimize their Lundquist experience?  

Take time to explore—attend some events, talk to professors and/or alumni, and use your resources. Don’t wait until you feel like you have it all figured out, but jump in and try something. There are many people here to help you along the way—including me.