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Dinorah Meyer

Dinorah Meyer


M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University
B.A., French, Minor in Dance, Tufts University

How did you get here?
I took a circuitous path to becoming a career counselor. After earning my B.A., I explored various “ologies” – psychology, sociology, dance ethnology, linguistic anthropology – as well as fitness, publishing, construction management, human resources, and documentary filmmaking. In the meantime, I performed with a West African drumming and dance group in the Boston area.

As I tried out different jobs and considered possible directions, I developed a set of criteria for what I wanted in my career. While working (unhappily) in an HR and accounting role at a startup tech company, I met with a career counselor and realized that her type of work might suit me. Soon after, I moved back to San Francisco and went to grad school.

I have mostly cultivated a "portfolio career"; currently this consists of counseling students and alumni at Cal three days a week, and other days, working with people at various stages in their careers in private practice in San Francisco. I also teach yoga and sometimes integrate yoga philosophy and practices into career counseling. If you meet with me, I may ask you if you would like to take a few minutes just to breathe.

Whom do you work with? What's cool about your job?
I work with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in the College of Environmental Design. I am inspired by students' creative skills and desire to make a social impact and enjoy hearing each person's unique story, learning about their hopes and aspirations, helping them manage stress and uncertainty, recognize and express their strengths, and gain perspective about their career development.

What's the best career advice anyone has given you?

  • Being happy is more important than being “important.”
  • Follow your curiosity – if something piques your interest, look into it – you never know where it might lead you.

Yoga (physical discipline and philosophy; I have my 200-hour yoga teaching certificate), dance, photography, other visual and performing arts, languages (besides French, I've studied Spanish, and Swahili, and learned a bit of Dagbani); spending time with family, our two cats, and close friends; helping working parents manage competing priorities.

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