Career, Leadership & Professional Development

Welcome to Career, Leadership & Professional Development

The Career, Leadership and Professional Development staff 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.

Comprehensive services are available in the following areas:

  • 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-Thursday 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 Academic & Career Development 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 Academic & Career Development Center serves all students, first-year 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 Academic & Career Development 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 Academic & Career Development 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 Academic & Career Development Center early in their academic career.

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 Academic & Career Development 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 Career Leadership and Professional Development at acdc@fairfield.edu.

Stags 4 Hire

Stags4Hire is Fairfield University’s primary job and internship posting resource. Fairfield undergraduate and graduate students and alumni have complete access to Stags4Hire. Stags4Hire is a free posting site that provides all participating employers with 24/7 access to job posting and candidate applications. In addition to posting job and internship opportunities, participating employers have the ability to schedule interviews on campus and utilize our on-campus interview facilities.

InterviewStream

InterviewStream Prep video

The Academic & Career Development Center is excited to announce a new online resource that will help students prepare for employment interviews. InterviewStream allows you to practice your interview skills by going through a realistic interview experience where you are asked challenging questions based on the type of interview you have selected. The software records you as you respond to the questions and then loads your mock interview into your own personal InterviewStream account. You can than review it as many times as you want or send it to someone else to review. Check out the video to learn more and start practicing today by creating an account at https://fairfield.interviewstream.com

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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John Hottinger

Assistant Director of Career Services

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Strengths:
Learner, Input, Responsibility, Intellection, Relator

Education:
Fordham University, Bachelor of Science, Economics
Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs at Seton Hall University

Hometown:
Allendale, NJ

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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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Deirdre Bennett

Manager of Employer Development

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Strengths

Arranger, Strategic, Achiever, Communication, Learner
 

Hometown

Fairfield, CT

Previous Work Experience

Marketing & Communications at Fairfield and financial services organizations

Childhood Dream Job

I wanted to be a teacher or a Rockette

First Job

Staff accountant for a bag manufacturer

Hobbies

Watching and participating in sports. Go Stags!

Favorite TV Show

Veep

Favorite Movie

Elf

Favorite Book

Hard to choose; recent good books include Madame Bovary and Mischling

Favorite Thing about Fairfield University

My colleagues, our students, and this beautiful campus

Favorite Quote

“What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning…and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.” Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Advice for Students

Do what you love and go with your gut instincts.

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