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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Treasurer and Marketing/Social Media Committee Co-Chair
As a Career Counselor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, I meet one-on-one with students and alumni, teach workshops and give classroom presentations as requested by faculty partners. I also teach a 1-credit Career Planning Seminar for Liberal Arts students and manage all of the Career & Co-op Center's social media pages. I enjoy sharing (hopefully!) useful and interesting content with followers and thinking of creative ways to market events, so co-chairing the Marketing/Social Media Committee for the CCC is a fun way to contribute to a great organization.
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.
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.
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.
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 currently working as a Career Navigator at JVS Boston after getting my start in the profession in the Career Development Department of Northeastern University. I love how this profession utilizes my MSW background and extensive experience in fundraising, community organization and teaching. I love helping others meet their goals and enjoy all the people with whom I work, from colleagues to clients.