Office of Career & Professional Development

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What We Do

As students proceed through their academic journey, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Office of Career and Professional Development offers advising, counseling, programming, and experiential opportunities to help students discover their strengths, explore career paths, and build essential skills needed to succeed in their professional career.

Throughout the career development process, we provide holistic, individual support to all College of Arts and Sciences students by offering one-on-one career counseling appointments. During these sessions, students can work with members of our professional development team to develop career materials (resume, cover letter), explore career options, search for jobs and relevant internships, prepare for interviews, optimize their LinkedIn profile, and more.

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Career and Professional Development also offers a myriad of career resources, including our Plan Your Path guide. This guide is designed to get students to start thinking about the steps they can take during each of their four years to successfully prepare for life after Fairfield.

To schedule an appointment, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Career and Professional Development at

Programs & Events

The Arts & Sciences Guarantee

Real world. Real network. Beginning with the Class of 2026, the Arts & Sciences Guarantee is a fellowship open to all current College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates, which provides funding of up to $2,500 to support approved unpaid internships, research, or fieldwork experiences.

For more information, please contact

CAS Leadership & Professional Development Program

A sequence of workshops, panels, requirements, and tasks designed to complement students’ academic work and build their career readiness. Students learn essential skills needed to achieve their career goals and gain a competitive edge in today's job market. Program participation is optional, but strongly encouraged.

“What Can I Do with My Major” event

Once a year, alumni who graduated from a wide range of College of Arts and Sciences majors return to campus to discuss their specific career paths and expectations after Fairfield. Past events have featured alumni working in healthcare, public relations, psychology, recruiting, media, and more.

College of Arts & Sciences Career Week

During this week of College of Arts and Sciences focused events, we offer a series of workshops to prepare students for the Career Fair, learn about the Leadership and Professional Development Program, practice interviewing skills, and take LinkedIn headshots.

Mock Interviews

The CAS Careers Office offers all students the opportunity to do a mock interview. This will help students feel more comfortable and gain confidence interviewing. Career counselors are able to provide feedback on their interview skills. The office provides mock interviews with career counselors in the office and from our alumni volunteers.

Alumni Networking Events

The Office of Career and Professional Development offers industry specific events and alumni lunch & learn sessions for students to learn more about specific career opportunities. These panels are informative and provide practical opportunities for students to connect with professionals, practice their networking skills, and make connections for future employment.

Sophomore Success

This College of Arts and Sciences-specific weekly seminar is designed to cultivate students' career development skills and knowledge, providing students with a competitive advantage as they move into junior year.

Stags in the City

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to visit various companies and organizations in Metro -New York area to network with hiring managers and alumni.

Alumni Engagement

Alumni play an active role in the career development of our current students. If you are a Fairfield alum interested in supporting our students, you can participate in industry nights, conduct informational interviews, or host a Stags in the City company visit.

If you are interested in supporting Fairfield students by participating in any of these activities, please email

If you are an alum interested in career counseling, please contact the University Career Center 203-254-4081 or email

Core Career Competencies

Within the College of Arts and Sciences, our goal is that our students leave Fairfield not only prepared to excel within the world of work, but equipped with the necessary skills and experience to be the most desirable graduates available. To accomplish this goal, the College focuses on career readiness through the acquisition of eight NACE Career Readiness Competencies. These competencies reflect the very essence of a liberal arts education and the competitive advantage it represents in today’s job market.

Career Readiness Competencies

  • Career & Self-Development: Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.
  • Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
  • Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  • Equity and Inclusion Competency: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different cultures and backgrounds. Engage in anti-oppressive practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism and inequity.
  • Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
  • Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
  • Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
  • Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

Our Staff

Kimberly L. Nickolenko, MA headshot

Kimberly L. Nickolenko, MA

Director of Career Engagement

Office of Career and Professional Development

College of Arts and Sciences

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Steph Gallo, MS

Director of Career Planning

Office of Career and Professional Development

College of Arts and Sciences

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Yamil Cobo

Career Development Advisor

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Elizabeth Giardina

Operations Coordinator

Office of Career and Professional Development

College of Arts and Sciences

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