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Welcome to the Career Center!

The Career Center serves Fairfield University students seeking academic and vocational support services through comprehensive support services, programming and resources. This integrated approach addresses the diverse developmental stages of a student’s academic career and positions Fairfield University as a leader in providing tailored services supporting personal development, academic excellence, and career readiness for a rapidly changing and evolving student body. The distinctiveness of this holistic approach is grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit mission and supports a transformative learning experience.

Our Vision

The Career Center aspires to be an innovative and integrated unit dedicated to the academic, personal and professional development of all students. The Center seeks to support and enhance the student experience through a comprehensive, holistic and collaborative approach committed to ensuring equal access while empowering individuals on their journey of self-discovery and life-long learning.

Our Mission

Consistent with Fairfield University’s unique Jesuit Mission and Identity, the Career Center provides comprehensive support services, programming, and resources aimed at increasing accessibility, academic success, retention, leadership development, career readiness and professional growth. The Center promotes self-efficacy, resiliency, and a greater sense of community while fostering intellectual contributions, social awareness, and responsibility.

Peer Advisor Program

The Career Peer Advisor (CPA) Program is a student leadership program for sophomore, juniors, and senior students interested in helping underclassmen develop career readiness skills. CPAs receive extensive training from the Career Center staff and use that knowledge to meet with and guide students in the career planning process.

Events & Programs

At Fairfield University, the Career 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. 

Alumni Job Shadow Program

Fairfield’s Alumni Job Shadow program held during winter break pairs students with alumni professionals across the Northeast and beyond for a day or half-day of rewarding career exploration.

Career Fairs

The Career and Internship Fair is a valuable opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about a wide range of internship and employment opportunities available to Fairfield University students. With employers offering a variety of career and internships opportunities, the Career and Internship Fair offers students the perfect opportunity to explore their professional interests and launch their career.

Mock Interview Day

Mock Interview Day is an opportunity for students to sit face-to-face with a professional in their chosen field and conduct an interview. Interviews will be timed and at the conclusion, students will receive real-time feedback on their performance. The professionals will also offer pointers to develop the students’ interview skills and confidence.

Senior Launch

Senior Launch is a series of events that focuses on major issues students face as they prepare for life after graduation. These events give seniors a chance to engage with staff as well as outside experts to get the information they need in order to prepare for their next step.

Sophomore Success

Sophomore Success is a weekly seminar designed to cultivate students' career development skills and knowledge, providing students with a competitive advantage as they move into junior year. The goal is to make these sessions fun and informative, so we focus on using real-world examples and having great discussions. We know it can be stressful to start thinking about life after graduation and we want to help make the process as easy as possible.

More Events & Programs

To learn more about the Career Center's events and programs, please visit the Events & Programs page.

 

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Career Development Timeline

The Career Center can help at every stage of a student’s career development. All students are encouraged to utilize career resources and services early and often! This timeline outlines many of the opportunities students can participate in during their time at Fairfield.

Students can make an appointment by calling 203-254-4081 or e-mailing careers@fairfield.edu.

First Year

  • Make an appointment with the Career Counselor for your school to talk about goals, aspirations, and how to best utilize the next four years.
  • Start working on a resume. Keep a record of all accomplishments and activities.
  • Get involved. Join and participate in clubs, organizations, sports, and/or community service.
  • Work towards a great GPA. If you are having issues in a class, your first step should be to talk with your professor and utilize academic resources.
  • Visit the Career Center’s Life@Fairfield portal and website for events and updates.
  • Keep your social media sites professional and set appropriate privacy settings. Employers conduct searches online, so it is important to maintain a professional image.

Sophomore Year

  • Take one or all of the “self-assessment inventories” such as the Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, or Strengths. These assessments help to determine what career path to pursue.
  • Participate in Sophomore Success, a weekly program where Counselors review career-related topics such as Resumes, LinkedIn, Professionalism, and the Internship/Job search process.
  • Work toward a leadership role in a club or organization. Consider a role such as a Resident Assistant, New Student Leader, Career Peer Advisor, or Eucharistic Minister.
  • Start planning for internships. Career Counselors can assist with this process as can professors.
  • Attend a Stags4Hire workshop. Stags4Hire is the Fairfield University job board where employers who want to hire Fairfield students post jobs and internships.
  • Attend Career Center and school-specific career workshops, employer presentations, and alumni panels to start learning more about potential careers.
  • Start networking. Create a LinkedIn profile. Meet with a Career Counselor to receive important networking tips.

Junior Year

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to further develop your resume (i.e. add summer work). High school activities should not be included at this point.
  • Consider doing an internship for credit during the academic year if it works with your schedule.
  • Upload your resume to Stags4Hire for summer internships. Internships are critical to your success and employers look for them when hiring.
  • Develop tailored cover letters for each position you apply to. You can obtain the cover letter tips handout on the Career Center’s website or Life@Fairfield.
  • If you are planning to attend graduate/professional school, prepare for entrance tests such as the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT.
  • Practice for upcoming interviews using InterviewStream (fairfield.interviewstream.com).
  • Attend workshops sponsored by the Career Center or your school. Students can find a list of all events on Life@Fairfield and in the Career Center’s weekly Stags4Hire e-mail.
  • Attend the fall and spring Career & Internship Fairs or the fall Nursing Fair.
  • Apply for the winter break Alumni Job Shadow Program so you can shadow an alumnus/a in a career field you might be interested in pursuing after graduation.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and learn how to use LinkedIn throughout the networking process.
  • Maintain a professional presence on social media sites. Employers will look at social media profiles during the hiring process.

Senior Year

  • Meet with a Career Counselor to further develop your resume.
  • Make an appointment with a Career Counselor in the fall semester and continue to meet with them to discuss and strategize post-graduation plans.
  • Be proactive in the job, graduate school, or post-grad service search and be aware of deadlines. Follow up on all applications. Set up a spreadsheet to assist in tracking all activity.
  • Attend the fall and spring Career & Internship Fairs or fall Nursing fair.
  • Apply for the winter break Alumni Job Shadow Program to shadow an alumnus/a in a career field you might be interested in pursuing after graduation.
  • Hone your interviewing skills by scheduling a mock interview with a Counselor and participate in the Career Center’s Mock Interview Day.
  • Practice for upcoming interviews using InterviewStream.
  • Participate in Senior Launch.
  • Continue networking using LinkedIn.
  • Identify people who will be your references. Ask them if they would like to serve as a reference and give them a copy of your resume.
  • If applying to graduate school, Career Counselors can critique your personal statement essay.
  • Maintain a professional presence on social media sites. Employers will look at social media profiles during the hiring process.
  • The Career Center is a lifelong resource — we are here to help you beyond graduation!

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.

Contact Us

Career staff in the University Career Center and School Centers work with undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. We are committed to helping Stags throughout their career development process and encourage students to explore to explore all the University's career offerings.

  • 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

Fairfield's career offices also host events including workshops, panels, career fairs, and much more, designed to enhance students' skills and expose them to a wide range of industries and professional opportunities.

Contact us either by phone (203-254-4081) or email (careers@fairfield.edu).

College of Arts & Sciences Career & Professional Development Office
Canisius Hall

Make an appointment by calling ext. 2227

Stephanie Gallo

Associate Director, Career Services
Get to Know Steph

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.

Kimberly Nickolenko

Director, Experiential Learning and Internships
Get to Know Kim

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.

Dolan Career Development Center
Dolan Center 205

Center Hours:    Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Drop-In Hours:   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach or Professional in Residence (PIR) via email dolancareer@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4000, ext. 3987

Sarah Bollinger

Director of the Dolan Career Development Center
Get to Know Sarah

Sarah Bollinger MEd
Director, Career Development

EDUCATION

MEd Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

BA Media Communication Studies
Ursinus College

CERTIFICATES & TRAINING

Educational Technology: Learning Design & Technology
Fairfield University

Management Leadership Institute
National Association of Colleges and Employers

Smart Start Salary Negotiation Facilitator
AAUW

Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner
Center for Applications of Psychology Type

PROGRAMMING SPECIALTIES

Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Undecided, Marketing

John Hottinger

Associate Director of the Dolan Career Development Center
Get to Know John

John Hottinger MA
Associate Director, Career Development

EDUCATION

MA Higher Education and Student Affairs
Seton Hall University

BS Economics
Fordham University

PROGRAMMING SPECIALTIES

Economics, Finance, International Business, and Management

University Career Center
Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, School of Engineering, and GSEAP

Kelley Center

Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Drop-in Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Make an appointment by calling ext. 4081

Cathleen M. Borgman

Director of Career, Leadership and Professional Development
Get to Know Cath

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.

Susanne M. Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Services
Get to Know Sue

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.

Staff

Cathleen M. Borgman

Director of Career, Leadership and Professional Development
Get to Know Cath

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.

Susanne M. Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Services
Get to Know Sue

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.

Deirdre Bennett

Manager of Employer Development
Get to Know Deirdre

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.

Sharon Walsh

Recruitment Coordinator
Get to Know Sharon

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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