When I first joined the field of career counseling, I remember meeting with colleagues who told me, “You have to join the CCC!,” so I did. I had no idea how much I would learn and how many wonderful people I would meet. It is only fitting that I now take on this leadership role and give back to this wonderful organization that helped me launch my career. Currently, I am a Co-op Coordinator in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Northeastern University.
I am a Career Counselor at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. In addition to meeting one-on-one with students and alumni and teaching workshops and classroom presentations, I am in charge of the Career & Co-op Center's social media pages. For that reason, co-chairing the Marketing/Social Media Committee for the CCC seemed like a natural fit for me!
Marketing/Social Media Committee Co-Chair
As the YouthBuild Program Director at North Shore Community Development Coalition in Salem, I am passionate about community building and working with young adults. I am a recent CCC member and excited about using my organizational and creative skills to promote the important work of the CCC and attract new members. My background in workforce and youth development, and non-profit management, along with my MSW, will enable me to bring a unique perspective to the CCC Board.
I am passionate about helping clients manage transitions and maximize resources, leveraging creative thinking to coach people in their approach to finding meaningful work. I am currently a Career Counselor with the City of Cambridge's Cambridge Employment Program and have a private practice. I have worked in a One Stop Carer Center and at Roxbury Community College and have been a member of the CCC since 2005.
Currently as a Co-op and Career Advisor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, I have held roles related to career advising and learning & development in nonprofits, human resources, and health care. I can’t help but talk with family, friends and acquaintances about their careers, so it is naturally a delight to be paid to do this type of work full time. I joined the CCC Board of Directors because I deeply appreciate and want to get more involved with our local community of career practitioners.
As the founder and principal of LifeWork Design for over ten years, I specialize in life and career transformation with people over 50. Previously, I served as a Vice President of Keystone Associates, a corporate career management firm, and the Director of Career Services for adult students and alumni at Northeastern University. I wrote Managing Career Transitions (Prentice Hall, 2000) and am affiliated with the Institute for Career Transition, an organization serving and advocating for long-term unemployed professionals over age 45. As a CCC member for many years, I am excited to serve on the new Board and focus on membership issues.
With over ten years of higher education and non-profit experience at organizations including Montana State University, Museum of the Rockies, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I am currently the Assistant Director of the Career Center at Emmanuel College. I strengthen opportunities for Emmanuel students through employer partnerships, manage all opportunities in the HireSaints employment database, and track student and alumni outcome data. I am excited about applying my organizational and data management skills to benefit the CCC.
Melissa Rubin Recording Secretary
I am inspired by this organization filled with bright, committed and passionate professionals and offering excellent learning and networking opportunities. I am honored to take an active role on the Marketing and Social Media Committee and on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary to ensure the extraordinary resources of the CCC are available now and in the future. I am interning in the Career Development Department of Northeastern and loving how this new profession utilizes my MSW background and extensive experience in fundraising, community organization and teaching.