Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Rachel Gerber is now proud to call herself a Hoosier. Previous to Rachel’s current position as Assistant Director for the Career Development Center, Rachel was an executive education minister for Mennonite Church USA and author of Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting (Herald Press), a memoir written for new parents about surviving the everyday grit of life with kids. Following a winding path of her own vocational journey, Rachel understands the exploratory process first hand and is passionate about helping individuals realize their own potential to let their lives speak. She was drawn to career coaching as it is an excellent cross-section of her experience in counseling and education. Rachel lives on the southeast side of Bloomington with her husband and three young boys, where she loves to garden, take long walks, and brew the perfect cup of craft coffee.
Best Career Blunder
I actually taught basket weaving classes (not underwater!) at a local resort when I was in graduate school.
I am not a particularly crafty person, so my choice in teaching basket weaving was a challenging skill to learn that didn't come naturally.
I realized that what really drew me to basket weaving instruction (and probably why I was hired!) was the opportunity to interact with the guests, creating a fun and unique experience for them to enjoy. In reality, this job helped me develop and deepen my interpersonal skills 'crafting' space for people to relax and learn something new. This is something that I carry with me even today--welcoming students and guiding them to discover something new about themselves!
Education and Certifications
Master of Divinity, Eastern Mennonite University
B.A. in Elementary Education, Goshen College