I believe that Career Counselors Consortium is one of the top reasons why Boston is a great place to work in career development, so naturally I am honored to serve as President. My deep appreciation for CCC developed over the past 15 years while holding career advising and learning & development roles in nonprofits, human resources, and health care. I currently work as a Co-op and Career Advisor at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
As Director of Internship at Endicott College, I am passionate about helping young people to find their career strengths and interests. I manage the operational aspects of the internship program to assist every student at our college with completing three required internships to graduate. Prior to my role at Endicott College, I was a generalist in corporate human resources for Pepsi Bottling Group and Anheuser-Busch. Last year, I served on the programming committee helping to put together the general meetings. This is my second year being a part of the CCC, and I am excited to continue working with such an inspiring group of career professionals.
I became a member of the CCC when I first entered the Career Advising field. It has been an invaluable resource for professional development, and for meeting so many wonderful colleagues along the way.I absolutely love working with college students as they begin to envision and design their careers. It is an exciting journey to be part of. Currently I am a Career Coach at Boston College, where I work primarily with undergraduate liberal arts students. In addition, I am an Adjunct Co-op Faculty Instructor at Northeastern University, where I teach a course on professional development for graduate level engineering students.
As a Career Advisor at Northeastern University, my passion in career services lies in the vocational development of underserved populations and creating opportunities for minority and first-generation students. During my very first week as a career counselor almost 2 years ago, I attended a CCC general meeting and a Professional Development Seminar and immediately knew that this organization was going to have a major impact on my career. I joined the Programming Committee last year and am beyond excited to take the role of a Board Member at Large to best serve the diverse population of career professionals that comprise the CCC to promote continual growth and learning amongst this dedicated professional community.
I am excited to be part of an organization of individuals with the same passions I have and I truly believe that gaining this amazing opportunity to being in a leadership role is vital to my continuous personal and professional growth as I move my career path forward in Career Development! As a Career Development Coach at Mount Wachusett Community College, I have found my calling as a Career Counselor. Whether helping students connect the dots on their academic journey, creating relationship and gathering job leads from local employers for my students, teaching them how to sell themselves through their resumes and/or simply sharing articles to keep them up-to-date on industry news; my goal is to empower my students to take life into their own hands by fully embracing the journey of education and career development that will help them not settle in life.
Treasurer and Marketing/Social Media
As Manager of Practicum at the Boston University School of Public Health, I split my time between employer relations and student development and coaching. It's a fun challenge to stay current on what is happening in the public health field in order to effectively build relationships with employers and to support MPH students in their practicum search. Being involved in the CCC has been a great way to stay grounded in career counseling theory as well as the latest trends and I greatly enjoy co-chairing the Marketing/Social Media Committee and serving as Treasurer!
From the time I first joined the CCC as a new career counselor (18 years ago), I have remained deeply impressed with the warm and welcoming collegiality among members, and the quality of the programs and professional development opportunities. I am pleased to give back to the organization as co-chair of the Programming Committee and look forward to continued inspiration and learning in the future. My background is in higher education where I have enjoyed advising students and alumni in many Boston area universities and colleges.
Heather Fink recently joined the CCC Membership Committee where she has been an active member since 2012. Her goal is to create more networking opportunities for career counselors to
meet and share best practices throughout New England. Her background is in Higher Education. Heather has
worked with undergrad/graduate students and alumni for six years, helping them better understand how their values, interests, personality and skills impact their career decisions. In addition her new role on the board at CCC, she is the Assistant Director at the BU College of Communications Career Services.
Mariellen Fidrych is a student-centered career management professional with expertise in providing support to students as they begin career exploration via experiential learning models that promote curiosity, competence, networking, and professional development. She has held challenging positions involving association management, program development, and event coordination. She holds a B.A. from Assumption College, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and completed a Public Policy Fellowship at Georgetown University.
As a Senior Career Counselor at Bottom Line, I am passionate about empowering first generation college students to better understand the world of work, and find the best career fit for their interests, skills, and values. I have a background in Higher Education, Public Health and Disability Inclusion with an MSW from Boston University. I enjoy working on the Membership Committee to understand the needs and strengths of our members, and how we can better serve professionals in our field.