Since 2006, Jennifer Bobrow Burns has been Assistant Dean of Career Services at Quinnipiac University. Since then she has authored a book, taught a Career Development class and advanced infinite students from amateurs to professionals in their trade. Last week, we are sad to say, she announced her resignation to SOC students and will be settling into a new job in Career Services at New York University’s Tisch Center of Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. Jennifer, as she encouraged her students to call her, was famous among SOC students for editing resumes and cover letters on a moment’s notice and offering her time to anyone seeking career advice.
1. What was your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job was definitely the students! QU students were so impressive and talented, but also so nice and eager to learn. I also really liked teaching MSS 190, Career Development. It was a great way to impart information to groups of students at a time, and I think the students benefited from learning from each other as well.
2.Upon graduation, students are often thankful for the education and memories made here on campus. What did QU give to you?
QU gave me so much! I learned how to build a career services program from the ground up, as my position was new when I started. I also learned so much about communications careers: public relations, news, production, etc.
3. You taught Career Development (and successfully, might I add). If there is one major piece of advice you could give to communications students graduating this fall, what would it be?
The best advice I could give graduating students is to be flexible. Graduating isn’t the end all be all; It is a step in the career process. Your first job, good or bad, will be a learning experience that will inform your future career decisions. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have the perfect job–that will come with time. So be open minded and patient, and network and speak to as many people as possible!
5. What are your career and/or personal goals for the future?
My goals for the future are making an impact at my new job and helping to grow their career services program. Beyond that, I’d love to do some more writing!
From the bottom of our achy breaky hearts, thank you for all of your help, Jennifer! If you ever feel the need to escape the city sidewalk and take a walk on the QU quad, we would be happy to see your face soon!