Career, Leadership & Professional Development

Welcome to Career Services & Professional Development

Please visit us in the Kelley Center!

Career Services works with undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. We are committed to helping Stags throughout their career development process and we encourage you to explore this website to find out more about what we have to offer.

The Career Services staff are available to help you with the following

  • Exploring potential majors and careers
  • Resume development and critiques
  • Interview skills
  • Developing networking skills
  • Finding opportunities for post-graduate service
  • Selecting and applying to graduate or professional school
  • Planning and conducting an internship or full-time job search

We also provide a series of events including workshops, panels, career fairs, and more designed to enhance your skills and make you aware of the professional opportunities that exist in your area of interest.

Please contact (203) 254-4081 if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a career counselor. We also have drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Employers

Fairfield University creates a community that challenges students academically while connecting talents and values with societal needs. The typical Fairfield student has a strong work ethic, analytical and communication skills, leadership, and problem solving ability.

If those are the qualities you seek in an employee, the Career Planning Center, located in the Kelley Center on the beautiful Fairfield University campus, has a variety of ways to assist you with your recruiting efforts, bringing new talent that will be an asset to your organization.

Events & Programs

At Fairfield University, the Academic & Career Development Center offers a number of events and programs for students to network and build connections with alumni. These events and programs include Alumni Job Shadow, Career Fairs, Peer Advisor Program, Senior Seminar and Sophomore Success.

Faculty & RAs

The Career Planning Center serves all students, freshmen through senior year as well as graduate students and alumni. Whether students are just beginning to think about careers or applying for internships, jobs or graduate school the Career Planning Center can help. This includes one-on-one career counseling sessions and workshops.

Internships

If you've ever wondered if a particular career is a good fit for you, internships are a terrific way to find out. Hands-on, professional experience is available to Fairfield students at leading companies in every field - including banking and commerce, arts and communications, science and medicine, education, engineering and high technology, and philanthropy and service.

Leadership Development

At Fairfield we believe that every student has the capacity to develop their own leadership identity. Through our Leadership Development Programs students are able to learn more about how they can practice effective leadership in their current roles, civic life, and future careers.

Parents

The Career Planning Center provides services to help your son or daughter make informed career decisions and learn effective job search skills. As parents you can be very helpful with your child's career planning and we welcome your support by encouraging your child to visit with the Career Planning Center.

Students & Alumni

At Fairfield, we're committed to every aspect of your education, including what happens after you graduate. We want to provide you with a return on your investment - meaning finding a career you're passionate about pursuing. The Career Planning Center offers many services to assist students and alumni at any stage of their career development process and maintains strong partnerships with companies that regularly hire Fairfield graduates.

Employment

We welcome all current Fairfield University students and alumni to use our online job board services. We encourage all applicants to actively investigate all posted positions.

There are several options to help you in your job search:

Students: Full-time professional employment and internships can be found on the Stags4Hire system. This is where companies post their opportunities if they're interested in hiring Fairfield students.

If you are looking for local, part-time jobs, please visit Quadjobs. and HIREOWL

Alumni: Please visit the Stags4Hire Alumni section where jobs are posted for candidates with real world experience.

For your privacy and protection when applying for a job online, never give your social security number, provide credit card or bank account information, or perform any type of monetary transaction with a prospective employer.

Disclaimer
We make no recommendations regarding potential employers or student applicants. Fairfield University expressly disclaims any liability in connection with any contact that results from any applicant's response to any job posted on this site. All concerns and issues should be brought to our attention via e-mail to the Career Planning Center at cpc@fairfield.edu.

First Destination Report

The First Destination Report, formerly called the Post-Graduation Report, is a summary of post-graduation activities based on surveys completed by Fairfield graduates within six months of graduation.

Meet the Staff

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Cathleen M. Borgman

Director of Career, Leadership and Professional Development

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Strengths

Strategic, Ideation, Individualization, Relator, Self-Assurance

 

Hometown

Trumbull, CT

 

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with concentration in Sociology

 

Childhood Dream Job

Own a diner

 

First Job

Library page at sixteen

 

First Adult Job

IBM OP Division

 

Hobbies

Photography, whale watching, people watching, the beach

 

Favorite TV Show(s)

The Middle, Modern Family, shhh... Long Island Medium (our secret) and anything on National Geographic

 

Favorite Movie

Empire of the Sun

 

Favorite Book

Straight Man

 

Favorite Thing About Fairfield University

The students

 

Favorite Quotes

"In the END we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the SILENCE of our friends" Martin Luther King
"'Responsible for' is not an action word" W. Laurence O'Neil, S.J.
"After all, tomorrow is another day" Scarlett O'Hara

 

Advice for Students

Enjoy the four years as much as you can, but never take your eye off the ball. Ultimately how you use those four years can determine your ability to get out of the gate and begin the next chapter of life.

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Stephanie Gallo

Associate Director, Career Services

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Strengths

Positivity, Woo, Communication, Includer, Activator

 

Hometown

Los Altos, California

 

Educational Background

M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, Concentration in College Student Personnel, The University of Rhode Island B.A. in Communication, Villanova University

 

Previous Work Experience

NBC Page
NBC Sports & Olympic Marketing, Marketing Support Services Coordinator
PGA TOUR, Marketing Manager, Business Development
University of Rhode Island, Alumni Relations, Graduate Assistant
University of Rhode Island, Career Services, Graduate Assistant
Yale Athletic Department, Alumni Affairs and Development, Graduate Intern

 

Childhood Dream Job

I would have to say ... Sports Broadcaster or Saturday Night Live cast member. I was super sporty and loved to make people laugh.

 

First Job

My first real job was a page in the NBC Page Program. I worked in various departments within NBC including NBC Sports and Olympic Marketing, Corporate Events, NBC Sports Scheduling and Operations, and Guest Relations - Tour Guide (imagine Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock).

 

Hobbies

Cycling, painting, entertaining family/friends, and watching the New York Jets break my heart.

 

Favorite TV Show(s)

Mad Men, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, and most cooking shows.

 

Favorite Movie(s)

Anchorman and Miracle

 

Favorite thing about Fairfield University

My favorite parts about Fairfield are the awesome students and the beautiful campus!

 

Favorite Quote

"Believe in yourself." Dad; "If you're not hungry, don't eat that." Mom

 

Advice for Students

My advice is two parts:
  1. Come visit Career Planning sooner, rather than later. You don't want to wake up your senior year and realize that you did nothing career-related in four years. We are here to help you realize and set your career goals the minute you walk in the door.
  2. Master the art of networking and informational interviews! There is a hidden job market out there and networking is the key to tapping into it.

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Kimberly Nickolenko

Director, Experiential Learning and Internships

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Strengths

Developer, Empathy, Responsiblity, Relator, Harmony

 

Hometown

Milford, CT

 

Educational Background

Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education Administration, University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Relations, University of Connecticut

 

Previous Work Experience

Associate Dean of Students, Fairfield University

 

Childhood Dream Job

teacher

 

First Job

paper girl

 

First Adult Job

Administrative Coordinator for Student Services- Working for the legendary Mr. Bill Schimpf, VP of Student Services at Fairfield University

 

Hobbies

Reading, vacationing, going to the beach, anything with my kids, UCONN basketball

 

Favorite TV Show(s)

Parenthood, Top Chef, Survivor, Amazing Race, Modern Family

 

Favorite Movie(s)

Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Dancing

 

Favorite thing about Fairfield University

Watching students grow and develop over their four years here.

 

Favorite Quote

“Plan Small Wins”

 

Advice for Students

Take advantage of every minute here at Fairfield. It will go by in the blink of an eye and there are so many opportunities available to you here at Fairfield and so many people willing to help you succeed and achieve your goals.

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Susanne M. Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Services

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Strengths

Connectedness, Harmony, Belief, Developer, Empathy

 

Hometown

Norwalk, CT

 

Educational Background

M.S .Ed. Fordham University
B.S. Pace University formerly Good Counsel College

 

Childhood Dream Job

Teacher

 

First Job

Bigelow Tea Company mailroom

 

Hobbies

Gardening, landscaping, and sailing

 

Favorite TV

Food Network

 

Favorite Movie(s)

Too many to name.

 

Favorite Thing About Fairfield University

The people

 

Favorite Quote

"Kind words can be easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless." Mother Theresa

 

Advice for Students

Find a dream and follow it.

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Laura Strang

Operations Assistant, Academic and Career Development

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Strengths

Strategic, Achiever, Developer, Empathy, Relator

 

Hometown

Southport, CT

 

Educational Background

Attended Southern Connecticut State College and Sacred Heart University Bachelor's in Business Management

 

Previous Work Experience

Fairfield University's Printing and Graphics Department for 17 years

 

Childhood Dream Job

I always wanted to be a teacher.

 

First Job

When I was 15 I got a job as a page at Pequot Library, Southport. This must be where my obsessive organizational skills were formed. Alphabetizing, and Dewey Decimal ... phew!

 

Hobbies

I love to read murder mysteries, the daily newspaper, magazines, etc. Must have formed this habit from my library job too!

I love being outdoors. As a kid we were always outside; left the house in the morning and had to be home when the streetlights went on. We would play in construction sites, the woods, and we would ride our bikes to the beach.

Now its doing yard work, planting, or just hanging out.

 

Favorite TV Show(s)

Criminal Minds and Survivor Hummm... murder mystery and outdoors...

 

Favorite Movie(s)

To Sir With Love and The Big Chill

 

Favorite Thing About Fairfield University

Watching students succeed, and of course the campus is beautiful.

 

Favorite Quote

"Children who have everything value nothing."

 

Advice for Students

Pursue your dreams.

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Julie Tuozzoli

Manager, Employer Relations and Alumni Career Development

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Strengths

Arranger, Activator, Responsibility, Relator, Maximizer

 

Education

BA in Sociology from Fairfield University


Pursuing MA in Public Administration at Fairfield University

Area of Focus

I prospect and cultivate relationships with recruiters from Fortune 500 companies to increase employment opportunities for students. I also provide career resources for alumni through the Alumni Career Webinar Series and at www.fairfield.edu/alumnicareer . Finally I recruit alumni to participate in the Winter Break Job Shadow Program each year.

 

Previous Work Experience

Vice President, Castlemere Accessories for your Pet
Director of Sales, Salton at Home
Major Account Manager, The Pfaltzgraff Company
Buyer, Caldor, Inc

 

Hobbies

Pursuing an MPA, proud parent of three Fairfield Stags, taking care of our adored Cockapoo, Bella, travel.

 

TV Shows

Modern Family, Friends

 

Favorite Book

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

 

Favorite Things about Fairfield

The alumni community, the amazing opportunities that Fairfield has provided my entire family, the chapel where we got married

 

Advice

Networking is a lifelong skill – begin creating your network now for when you will need it later.
Be grateful every single day

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Sharon Walsh

Recruitment Coordinator

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Strengths

Empathy, Maximizer, Relator, Woo, Developer

 

Hometown

Greenwich, CT

 

Previous Work Experience

Receptionist for an optometrist

 

Childhood Dream Job

Artist

 

First Job

Cashier at retail store

 

Hobbies

Photography, painting in watercolors, going to the beach!

 

Favorite TV Show(s)

The Middle, Big Bang Theory, I Love Lucy

 

Favorite Movie(s)

Shawshank Redemption, Men of Honor, Elf

 

Favorite Book

The Thornbirds

 

Favorite Thing About Fairfield University

Working with the students.

 

Favorite Quote

"You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece." A. Einstein

 

Advice for Students

Follow your gut, it is usually right!

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Megan Webster

Assistant Director, Leadership and Professional Development

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Strengths:

Includer, Strategic, Positivity, Woo, Responsibility

 

Hometown:

Newton, MA

 

Educational Background:

B.A. in Sociology & Human Development and Family studies, The University of Connecticut
M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel, The University of Rhode Island

 

Childhood dream job:

I wanted to be a veterinarian until I took AP Biology my senior year of high school and decided that the sciences were not the best fit for me.

 

First job:

I worked at a small Italian restaurant in the Boston area for 6 years. After I completed my masters my first job was at Elms College as the Director of Student Activities for 3 years.

 

Hobbies:

Just about anything with my two dogs (a mini dachshund and an olde english bulldogge), cooking blogs, visiting friends and family, traveling

 

TV shows:

The Thursday night line up on ABC (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder), Netflix documentaries, Parenthood

 

Favorite Quote:

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

 

Advice for students:

  1. Google yourself! What does the world at large see when they type in your name? Make a good first impression, and work to create an online and digital professional presence.
  2. Get involved on-campus in someway shape or form. Try out new activities, go to a meeting for a club you think you might be interested in, attend info meetings and meet others. You may not enjoy all the things you try on-campus, but hopefully you will find one to be passionate about in your time as a student

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