Dolan Career Development Center

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What We Do

The Dolan Career Development Center provides professional development services for undergraduate and graduate students that enrich their academic experiences and inspire tomorrow's business leaders. These opportunities allow students to learn about themselves, and about the business world, as well as to apply what they're learning in the classroom.

Individualized Career Coaching

The Dolan Career Development Center's team is available to meet with undergraduate and graduate students during drop in hours or by appointment. Common topics discussed include career exploration, internship search strategies, and salary negotiation.

Interview Preparation

Mock Interviews are an invaluable opportunity to get instant feedback to improve interview skills. Throughout the academic year students receive several opportunities to meet with Center staff, recruiters, and alumni to hone their interview skills.

Employment Services

Hundreds of employers work with the Dolan Career Development Center and Fairfield University Career Center to offer on-campus interviews, collect resumes, and list positions through Stags4Hire.

 

Internships

Fairfield Dolan views practical experience as an important part of your academic program. An internship will give students the opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-world situations and use on-the-job experiences to enrich their academic program while giving them a competitive edge in the job market. Learn more about our students' internship success.

Networking

We offer many networking opportunities for students to meet with alumni, employers, and community partners. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity that allows students to learn about potential careers, internships, and job opportunities while employers look for potential talent.

Workshops & Events

Fairfield Dolan hosts signature workshops and events throughout the year as part of the Dolan Professional Development Series (PDS) program. These events allow students to network with professionals and alumni, as well as to hone in on specific skills and professional interests.

 

Center Location
Dolan Centers, Suite 205

Center Hours
Mon. – Wed. and Fri.: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Drop-In Hours
Tues., Wed., and Thurs.: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

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To learn more, schedule an appointment today, or attend the Center drop-in hours.

The Dolan Distinction

Top 10
Best Colleges for Business Majors
Money Magazine
#14
Best Schools for Internship
Princeton Review
99.4%
Undergraduates Employed or Accepted to Graduate School
Within 6 Months of Graduation
2.3
Average Number of Internships
Per Student
#28
Best Schools For Business Majors by Salary Potential
Payscale
92%
Graduating Seniors Completed At Least One Internship
95%
Graduate Students Employed at Graduation

Programs & Events

The Dolan Professional Development Series is designed to provide a structured way in which students can gain the knowledge and skills that will complement their coursework to help them find success in the working world. This comprehensive program will give Fairfield Dolan students a competitive edge as they enter a challenging job market.

Professional-in-Residence

As part of the Dolan Professional Development Series, students will have additional opportunities to engage with professionals and gain real world insights about business leadership, career advancement strategies, and industry demands through the new Professional-in-Residence (PIR) program. This mentorship model will allow students to make an appointment with a PIR, meet in one of our many collaborative spaces, and build their capabilities and capacities in their business and professional pursuits.

Steve Crowley, CPA, MBA

Director, CFO Consulting Partners

Mary Kelly ’02

Marketing Strategy and Consumer Insights Consultant

William Schloth ’85, CPA, MBA

Co-Founder and CEO of USA Business Strong

Roxanne Todisco

Consultant - Client Solutions, Spruceview Capital Partners

Kim Tully ’89, MBA

Senior Vice President, Synchrony Financial

Joe Von Ehr, CPA, MBA

Director, CFO Consulting Partners

Excel Workshop Series

This three level workshop series provides students with the technical skills needed to hit the ground running in their next internship or job. The series includes: Introduction to Excel, Intermediate Excel, and Advanced Excel.

Money TALKS: Financial Planning for College Students and New Graduates

This two part seminar teaches students and newly minted graduates financial skills that are not taught in the classroom. Participants will be challenged to think how they can hit the ground running once they receive their degree and place themselves on sound financial footing. Additional information about these programs can be found at Life@Fairfield.

Dolan Signature Workshops and Events

The Dolan Career Development Center hosts several signature events that are offered every year, including the Dolan Career Night, Etiquette Diner, Company-In-Focus, Internship Reception, Business Analytics Showcase, AAUW Smart Start Salary Negotiation, and the Undercover Alumni program.

Career Night

An evening for students to meet with top business executives and receive informal advice from professionals with experience in a variety of career paths.

Etiquette Dinner

A professional etiquette consultant guides students as they participate in a mock business dinner with alumni and professionals.

Company-in-Focus

Fairfield Dolan welcomed Deutsche Bank to discuss transaction banking with students.

To register for a Dolan event, visit Life@Fairfield.

Alumni Engagement

There are many ways our alumni can engage with the Dolan Career Development Center.

Employer Participation

Learn more about how employers can participate in Dolan Career Development Center events and engage with Fairfield University students.

Corporate Sponsors

Learn more about mentorship and event and workshop sponsorship opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please refer to our FAQ page for any other needs you may have.

Our Team

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

Graduate Assistants

Paulina Baclawska '19, MSA '20

Career Development

James Neri '19, MSBA '20

Undergraduate Professional Development Series

James O'Day '19, MSA '20

Internships

Monika Sivilli MSBA '20

Career Development

Bridget Weill '19, MSBA '20

Graduate Professional Development Series

Contact Us

Center Location
Dolan Centers, Suite 205

Center Hours
Mon. – Wed. and Fri.: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Drop-In Hours
Tues., Wed., and Thurs.: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

For questions or to schedule an appointment please contact dolancareer@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000 x3987.

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