Taking the long road: from construction to public health, with Brock Turner

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Brock Turner, a health and human sciences educator at Purdue University. They talk about transitioning careers, Brock’s passion for health and education, and where continuous learning fits in your career.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Brock’s career journey from working in construction, project management, to health education
  • How Brock’s passion for bettering the lives of others led him to the field of public health
  • How having children and building a family changed Brock’s perspective on his career
  • Brock’s experience transitioning from a well established career to going back to school and working in a new field
    • How to make this transition smoother 
  • How skill sets can transfer even across seemingly different occupations
  • What a day in the life of a health and human sciences extension educator looks like
  • How the Certified Health Education Specialist credential has helped Brock in his career
  • Why continuous learning is important for educators in this constantly changing environment
  • Why it was important to Brock to be involved in university committees that influence change that impacts students and others on campus

Today’s Guest:

Brock Turner is a Health and Human Science Educator for Purdue University Extension in Indiana. He holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Health Education degree from Purdue University Global. He is also a NCHEC-Certified Health Education Specialist and NFPT-Certified Personal Trainer. As a Health and Human Science educator, Brock strives to improve the lives and livelihoods of those within his community by bringing evidence-based education from Purdue University to the people. He focuses his educational programming in areas of nutrition, financial resource management, human development, and health and wellness. Brock transitioned into the Health Education field after spending 15 years working in project management, project sales, procurement, and retail sales. He loves to connect with people in order to make a lasting and positive impact on their lives.

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