CAREER SERVICES CENTER
“EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR
GOALS AND DREAMS”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Career Services Center Mission Statement/Services ................................3
II. Staff Profiles ………………………………………………..………...….4
III. Advising and Counseling ……………………………………..………..5
V. Career Development Educational Programming ………….......……...6
A. Career Management Series, Internship Focus Sessions & Other
Educational Programming ……………………………………….…7
B. Field/Major Specific Career Events ……………...………………....7
V. Strategic Partnerships for Student Success …………………..…....….8
A. On-Campus Collaboration …………………………………….……8
B. Multi-Institutional Programs and Events ……………………….…..8
C. Community/Recruiter Programs ……………………………............9
D. Co-Sponsored Faculty/Academic-Related Programs …………...…..9
VI. Graphic Overview of CSC Career Development Programming ….10
VII. Internship Program …………………………………………………11
VIII. Campus Student Employment/Work-Study ……………………...14
IX. Annual Graduating Class Outcomes Report …………….………...16
X. Diverse Endeavors Taken By the Class of 2011 ………………...…...17
XI. Goals and Accomplishments 2010 – 2011 …………..……………....18
XII. Career Services Center Goals 2011 – 2012 ………..…………….....22
I. CAREER SERVICES CENTER MISSION STATEMENT
The Sweet Briar College Career Services Center provides comprehensive career services to
students during their four years at SBC and to alumnae for a lifetime. As a bridge from college life
to the world of work, it is our mission to support the exploration of career and academic options,
the development of job search skills; and to facilitate connections between employers and students
that lead to successful and satisfying futures. We view career development as a lifelong process
and feel that it is vital for students to begin their quest for a fulfilling career their first year as SBC
students and to continue the process throughout their college years and beyond. Our many services
encourage self-confidence and professional competence, personal initiative, responsibility, an
appreciation for diversity, flexibility, and the development of strong leadership qualities.
We believe that each woman at SBC deserves a tailored career advising approach that is created to
market the advantages of the liberal arts degree. Since the 2004 – 2005 academic year we have
extended our mission to include business, engineering, and graduate students in education. This
customized career advising approach is possible because of the development of a strong career
services model that offers each student the opportunity to utilize a variety of services focusing
specifically on her field of interest in relation to the world of work. Our center is committed to
building strong relationships with faculty, employers, graduate schools, and alumnae to empower
Sweet Briar College students to reach their goals and dreams.
CAREER SERVICES CENTER PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Services provided by the Career Services Center include:
career and job search counseling,
workshops on resume writing,
last minute job search strategies,
employer panels on field/major topics,
employer networking events,
and career fairs.
For a full list of programs and services, please visit http://www.sbc.edu/career-services
II. STAFF PROFILES
Mr. Wayne Stark – Senior Director of Career Services
firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 6463
BA – Political Science – University of Arizona
MA – History – George Mason University
Doctoral Studies – University of Kansas – History and Higher Education and Governance
Wayne has sixteen years of solid commitment to teaching, education, and student development
augmented by administrative and managerial experience in corporate human resources and higher
education. Mr. Stark is a polished presenter, a highly motivational career counselor, and a results oriented
collaborative professional with energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence, and a genuine concern for
the growth and advancement of college students and the organizations that serve them. Mr. Stark has been
recognized as a leader among his peers as the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers awarded
him a commendation for Leadership in 2002. Wayne has also presented well-received programs at regional
conferences such as the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers and the Southeastern Association
of Colleges and Employers. Wayne was also asked to serve as the Business Manager for the SACE 2004
Conference. Most recently Wayne presented a well received program at the 50th anniversary 2006 NACE
(National Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference held in Anaheim, California. He followed
up this presentation with a nationally broadcast NACE “webinar” in April of 2007. During 2007 Wayne
also served as an external reviewer for the Hampden–Sydney College Career Development Office. During
the 2007 – 2008 academic year, Wayne presented well reviewed programs at the first annual SoACE
Conference in San Antonio, Texas in December of 2007, and the 2008 VACE Conference in Williamsburg,
Virginia. Wayne also serves the community as a sitting board member of two social services organizations.
Mrs. Tandilyn Phillips - Assistant Director of Career Services
email@example.com ext. 6465
BA - English/Government – Liberty University
MA - English/Classics – University of Texas San Antonio
Tandilyn began working in Sweet Briar's Career Services Center in February of 2011. Native of San
Antonio, Texas, Tandilyn brings with her a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students,
an enthusiastic and vibrant personality, and strong experience working in a variety of higher education
settings and student focused positions. Before coming to Sweet Briar, Tandilyn served as the Transfer
Evaluation Coordination Supervisor at Liberty University. Prior to that, Tandilyn was a student
development specialist for the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Office at the
University of Texas San Antonio. There she gained a deep knowledge of student development and
marketing of academic programs. Preceding her tenure at the University of Texas San Antonio, Tandilyn
sharpened her skills in academic and career advising, when she served as an Academic Advisor at Wayland
Mrs. Samantha Ayers – Campus Student Employment Coordinator/Office Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 6580
BA - History/NK-12 Education endorsement –Roanoke College
Salem, Virginia native Samantha Ayers is a Roanoke College graduate holding a B.A. in History, with a
NK-12 Education endorsement. She has taught at both the elementary and high school levels, and enjoys
helping students of all ages. Prior to coming to Sweet Briar, Samantha also spent ten years in the golf
business including positions as Assistant Golf Professional, Tournament Director, Membership and Events
Director, and Director of Human Resources.
III. CAREER SERVICES CENTER – ADVISING AND COUNSELING
Individualized career advising and counseling remain at the core of the CSC’s array of services and
resources and are designed to effectively reach out to all students. The counselors engage in highly
individualized career development sessions and employ well recognized assessment tools such as the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory. Through the use of these tools, combined with
motivational counseling techniques and many other resources, the office is able to assist students and other
individuals in areas such as major selection, student employment, internship guidance, full-time job
placement, graduate school/professional school selection, and mid-life career change.
The Career Services Center’s appointment schedule indicates that for the 2010 – 2011 academic year the
Career Services staff completed 722 advising appointments. It should be noted that the number is down
from the 865 appointments during the 2009-2010 academic year, due to the loss of the Assistant Director,
who resigned in the fall, and was not replaced until February, 2011. The Coordinator of Campus Student
employment meets individually with each student as she begins her employment career at SBC when the
federal and state paperwork must be completed. Although not recorded in the statistics below, these
students and returning students meet with the Coordinator at various times during the year as they turn in
CSE applications and monthly timesheets. There were 375 students employed in the fall and 458 employed
in the spring. It should also be recognized that the NACE 2010-2011 Career Services Benchmark
Survey for Four-Year Colleges and Universities, has restructured its survey to reflect schools with
enrollment under 1,700 instead of 1,000 in previous years. It should also be recognized that the
NACE 2010-2011 Career Services Benchmark Survey for Four-Year Colleges and Universities no
longer captures the mean number of appointments conducted by a school of under 1,700, but rather
assesses the average number of students served. During the 2010-2011 academic year Sweet Briar
Career Service’s staff advised 359 individuals which is higher than the 271 individuals advised in
2009-2010, and slightly lower than the average of 397 students served for a school under 1,700 as
recorded by the 2010-2011 NACE benchmark.
During the 2010 - 2011 academic year the number of students who took advantage of the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory were recorded (according to the 2010-2011 NACE
Benchmarking survey for schools under 1,700, 74% use the MBTI and 66% use the Strong). This is only
the fourth year that these have been recorded and the office is still determining the best process in order to
accurately capture all assessments taken. According to our records, 20 individual students took the MBTI
and Strong Interest Inventory. An additional 24 students in the Introductory Management class as well as
25 in the Leadership Certificate Program were also required to take the assessment. The
Associate/Assistant Director discussed the results with the students during the management class and LCP
IV. CAREER DEVELOPMENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
A. CAREER MANAGEMENT SERIES, INTERNSHIP FOCUS SESSIONS, OTHER EDUCATIONAL
Multiple educational career development programs were hosted by Career Services during the 2010-2011
academic year. These programs typically occurred over the lunch hour or on Wednesday evenings and were
conducted by Career Services staff. Below you will find a list of the multiple programs provided. These
programs allow SBC students to learn more about career-related topics in an informal setting. Depending
on the topic, the attendance varied greatly from 0 students to 94 students at the best-attended educational
program – Senior Welcome.
Senior Welcome Resumes/Cover Letters Workshop
Preparing for Graduate School Super Session: 1st & 2nd year Students
Effective Alumnae Networking Career Fair/Interviewing Roundtables
Resumes/Cover Letters Super Session Internship Focus Sessions
Tough Economy Roundtables Interviewing & Salary Negotiation
Effective Job Search Strategies in a Tough Economy Marketing Your Liberal Arts Degree
How can Career Services Enhance Your Resume First Year on the Job Success
How Campus Employment Can Enhance Your Crucial Internship Paperwork Sessions
Resume Last Minute Job Search Strategies
Preparing For Career Fairs Tough Economy Roundtables/Workshop
Internship Focus Sessions
Internship Student Spotlight
Late Night Career Catch Up Session
Financial Literacy Workshop
B. FIELD/MAJOR SPECIFIC EVENTS
The Career Services mission statement highlights the importance of meeting the career development needs
of each student. The Field/Major Specific Career Events this year allowed many students the opportunity to
connect with all the Career Services Center’s constituencies in an effort to provide both educational,
internship, and employment opportunities in a highly collaborative format that is specific to students’ fields
of interest and majors. This year’s events were:
Engineering, Mathematical & Computer Sciences
The events featured participation from SBC faculty, off-campus recruiters and SBC alumnae. Student
participation numbered from a low of 15 to a high of 50. Student evaluations for these events, as well as
the others were very positive. Field/Major Specific Events are developed and implemented after an analysis
of the numbers of students in particular majors and other factors. It should be noted that many faculty,
alumnae, and employers have commented on the success of these programs. It should also be recognized
that according to the NACE 2010-2011 Career Services Benchmark Survey for Four-Year Colleges and
Universities, the mean number of career fairs conducted by a school of under 1,700 is 2.
V. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
A. On-Campus Collaboration
The Career Services Center staff successfully teamed with SBC faculty, fellow Co-Curricular Life
departments, and administrative departments such as the Alumnae Office, College Relations, and
Admissions throughout the academic year. These programs and events featured participation by Career
Services staff which assisted a variety of Sweet Briar administrative offices as well as providing
substantive information for students. For the programs designed for students, they participated at a rate
from a low of 3 to a high of well over 100. Through the strong number of student attendees and the
variety of faculty and administrators, these events attest to the strength of the Co-Curricular program at
Sweet Briar College. In bringing the SBC community together, students are empowered for life-long
learning through this exposure to a nexus of their peers, those who teach them and Co-Curricular Life and
other administrators who work closely with those students. These programs also strengthen relationships
between Career Services and other constituencies within the Sweet Briar community.
Resident Assistant Training Breakfast Young Alumnae Panel
Learning on the Land SYE Declaring a Major
International Student Orientation Resident Assistant Initiated Internship Program
Campus-wide Resources Fair Senior Celebration
Student Relations Committee Retreat (SRC) Super Session: 1st & 2nd year Students
Homecoming Career Services Roundtables Admissions Admitted Applicant Weekend
Parent Steering Committee Panel CCL Awards Ceremony
Faculty/Staff Panel Senior Dinner (President’s Office)
Day and Turning Point Lunches/Dinners
FAC- Golf Fundraising Event
Theatre Dept. – Annual Arts Day
Diversity Monologue Orientation Program
B. Special Multi - Institutional Programs and Events
Multi-institutional events are those with which Sweet Briar College and other Virginia schools, colleges,
and universities were involved. Students and administrators from various colleges were extended
invitations to participate and the programs saw SBC student attendance ranging from a low of 1 to a high
of 25. Strong collaboration with other colleges and universities continues to be an important part of the
career development program. Students not only gain new opportunities for full-time job and internship
possibilities, but they also benefit from interactions with peers, alumnae, administrators, and faculty from
other institutions. Career Services will continue to find new ways to stimulate interest in these programs.
The Tri-College Education Career Fair, a partnership with Lynchburg College and Randolph College, saw
24 school districts participate with students from a variety of regional colleges in attendance.
UVA Diversity Career Day Tri-College Education Career Fair
CHALLENGE Job and Internship Fair Career Premiere
Law School Fair at Lynchburg College UVA Education Expo
C. Community/Recruiter Programs
The Career Services Center took part in the following community sponsored/recruiter sponsored and Career
Services sponsored events and programs, which featured opportunities for students and Career Services
staff to interact directly with employers and other professionals. These events and programs were geared
towards increasing students’ knowledge and skills in regards to their personal career development and
potential opportunities. Many of these events are indicative of the increased outreach to, and collaboration
with, local and regional organizations.
City of Roanoke Mock Interviews Army Recruiter
Big Brothers Big Sisters Interviews Washington Semester Recruiter
VFIC – Finance Key Employer Panel Washington Center Recruiter
VFIC – Government Key Employer Panel SALT BLOCK Conference
Washington Center Recruiter
GLAD Site Visit
Northwestern Financial Mutual Recruiter
D. Co-Sponsored Faculty/Academic-Related Programs
MBTI with Professor Calvert Business Mgmt Class Resumes/Cover Letters with Dr. Brinkman’s
Internship Training with ARMG 106 Engineering Management Lab
Graduate School Program MBTI with Joan Lucy’s Leadership Certificate
Nursing Program Meeting Program LCP Level 1
Pre-Law Program with Janow Leadership in the Workforce with LCP Level 2
CSE/Financial Aid Information Session & Level 3
Engineering Mock Interviews
VI. Graphic Overview of CSC Career Development Programming
Staff from the Career Services Center was involved in events with both on- and- off campus partners. For
2010 – 2011, the office was involved with at least 77 programs, despite being short one staff member. It
should also be recognized that according to the NACE 2010-2011 Career Services Benchmark Survey
for Four-Year Colleges and Universities, the mean number of workshops presented for a school of
under 1,700 students is 23 with an average of 288 students in attendance. Our office solely hosted 26
workshops and career educational programs with well over 500 students in attendance.
Career Services Center Programs and Events 2010-2011
VII. Internship Program
A Sweet Briar internship is defined as “any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an
individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she is learning throughout the
experience” – as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. An internship may
include but is not limited to: student teaching for licensure, research / field experience and hands-on
experience within a profit or not-for-profit company, organization, foundation or individual. Several
resources are available for students to research internships. Online resources include Experience, and
Career 15, an online database created in conjunctions with the Alliance of Virginia College Career
Services institutions including Randolph College, Mary Baldwin College, and Hollins University. This
database has over 2,000 local and national internship opportunities. Students may also research internships
through several Web sites including three we subscribe to: Internships-USA.com, Vault.com and
During the 2010 - 2011 academic year (which includes the summer ’10, fall ’10 and spring ’11 semesters),
82 students registered and completed academic internships. These internships were completed in several
departments across campus including: Archeology (1), Arts Management (8), Biology (3), Business (22),
Economics (1), Education (10), English (3), Engineering (6), Environmental Science/Studies (8),
Government/Law & Society (10), International Affairs (2), Sociology (1), Psychology (2).
Most Sweet Briar students complete their internships during the summer. In 2010 - 2011, 7 internships
were done in the fall 2010, 18 were done in the winter/spring 2011, and 57 were done in the summer 2010.
While not all paperwork is in for 2011 summer projected numbers indicate 54 academic internships will be
completed in the summer of 2011.
The chart above indicates the number of internships completed by class year. In 2010 - 2011, 5 first year,
19 sophomores, 62 juniors and 50 seniors completed academic internships. (Because the summer of 2011
was incorporated in these statistics many of these students were rising into the class represented above).
Over the last few years it appears internships have leveled off (with a slight increase this year). However,
compared to five and six years ago there has been a large increase in academic internships. This most likely
is related to the focus on internships in the Shape of the Future campaign.
After an analysis of the 2010 NSSE, it can be shared that career development related categories show
Sweet Briar students scoring higher than their peers and the NSSE cadre as a whole. Numbers are
also up in all categories from the 2007 NSSE. Of those categories it is interesting to note that Sweet
Briar participate in Internships, Practica, and/or externships at a rate 23% above the averages for
peer institutions and 32% greater than other NSEE institutions. Thanks to the many professors who
along with the staff of Career Services, help to secure, develop, and monitor those experiences.
Evaluation of Academic Internships
57% of employers completed an evaluation of their intern (47/82). Of the evaluations received, 77%
of the employers ranked their interns overall performance as excellent. An additional 23% ranked
their intern’s overall performance as above average. 48% of interns completed an evaluation of their
experience (40/82), when asked to respond to the statement, “I now feel better prepared to enter the
world of work after this experience” 57% strongly agreed and 35% agreed.
It is always extremely difficult to record the number of non-academic internships students are completing.
A student may not realize the experience she is completing over the summer satisfies the requirements we
use to define an internship (see above NACE definition). In these instances students do not report their
experience. We are aware of 14 students who completed non-academic internships.
We are working diligently to make sure students understand what the definition of an internship is as well
as to encourage them to report this information. This is being done through a non-academic internship form
which is found on the Career Services website and can be filled out and returned to us. As well as an end of
the year Survey Monkey survey which asks students to report their summer plans. Almost 80 students
completed the summer 2010 internship survey. The results for summer 2011 will be included in the 2011-
2012 annual report which records summer 2011 statistics.
VIII. Campus Student Employment/Work Study
Sweet Briar College’s Campus Student Employment Program is located in the Career Services Center and
encompasses the Federal Work-Study Program (financial aid need based), the SBC Work-Study Program
(financial aid need based) and departmental student employment.
TOTAL STUDENTS EMPLOYED BY SEMESTER
During the 2010 – 2011 fall semester 375 individual students were employed in on-campus positions. The
Registrar reported that there were 595 full-time undergraduates in the fall term. Thus, 63% of the fall full-
time undergraduates were employed in on-campus jobs.
During the 2010 – 2011 spring semester 458 individual students were employed in on-campus positions.
The Registrar reported that there were 585 full-time undergraduates in the spring term. Thus, 78.2% of the
spring full-time undergraduates were employed in on-campus jobs.
This percentage has remained consistent over the last several years. During the 2009-2010 academic year
the percentages were 67.1% in the fall and 71.1% in the spring.
It should also be recognized that according to the NACE’s 2010-11 Career Services Benchmark Survey
for Four-Year Colleges and Universities, the mean number of students who apply for student
employment by a school of under 1,700 is 112, of which only 62% are accepted.
PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL WHO WERE WORK-STUDY
During the fall there were 74 or 19.7% of the 375 employed students who were FWS.
During the spring there were 106 or 23.1% of the 458 employed students who were FWS.
During the fall there were 81 or 21.6% of the 375 employed students who were SBCWS.
During the spring there were 99 or 21.6% of the 458 employed students who were SBCWS.
During the fall there were 155 combined work-study students, or 41.3% of the 375 employed.
During the spring there were 205 combined work-study students, or 44.7% of the 458 employed.
PERCENTAGE OF ENROLLED WORK-STUDY STUDENTS EMPLOYED
FWS: In the fall the FWS list consisted of 115 students of which 74 or 64.3% were employed by the end
of December 2010. In the spring the FWS list contained 131 students of which 106 or 80.9% were
employed on campus by May 15, 2011.
SBCWS: In the fall the SBCWS list contained 115 students of which 81 or 70.4% were employed by
December 2010. In the spring there were 121 SBCWS students of which 99 or 81.8% were employed by
May 15, 2010.
Combined Work-Study Totals:
FALL - There were 155 or 67.3% of the 230 WS students employed by December 2010. SPRING -
There were 205 or 81.3 % of the 252 WS students employed by May 14, 2011.
Note: Enrollment lists were provided by the Financial Aid Office. The student is offered a campus
job as part of her financial aid and she must return the FAO application as her acceptance of the
offer. Not all students return the FAO application and are therefore not considered Work-Study
even though their name may appear on the lists from the FAO.
NUMBER OF JOBS PER STUDENT
The number of jobs held by a student changes every month, as some students add jobs and some leave jobs.
Also, jobs should not be considered equal in scale, as some jobs are sporadic and the student is only needed
occasionally, while other jobs require regular yearlong hours. Using a query generated from Banner, a
sampling has been taken using the month of April, 2011. Data from students who submitted time sheets
for each job worked in April show the following number of jobs held at that point: 231 (1 job); 53 (2 jobs);
27 (3 jobs); 2 (4 jobs); and 2 (5 jobs).
From August 25, 2010 – April 30, 2011 a total of 3,684 timesheets were processed. The May time sheet
count is unavailable for this annual report. Approximately 200-275 sheets can be expected by June 3, 2010.
The Coordinator continued to administer the Student Employment Assessment Survey to include several
specific questions that allow the students to evaluate their supervisor. This assessment was conducted April
2011 using Survey Monkey. This year, 2010-11 there were 94 students who responded using Survey
Monkey, compared to a total of 101 responding students for 2009-10. Students were asked to “Please
check all the reasons why your student employment position is important to you:” The number 1 reason at
89.1% was to “Enhance my resume”.
The Coordinator also used Survey Monkey to have the department heads/supervisors complete an
assessment of how they view their impact and the position’s impact on the student employee. This is the
third year that supervisors have been surveyed. There were 32 supervisor responses this year 2010-11,
compared to 26 supervisor responses for 2009-10. The overall response for both years show that
supervisors feel they and the position(s) they supervise have both a positive influence on the student
employee (75% Definitely) and provide the College with significant services (90% Definitely).
Additionally, 97% of supervisors say they have had the opportunity to build relationships with their
For 2010-2011 a workshop was offered to students to help them learn the student employment system,
enhance their understanding of the transferable skills gained through student employment, and how these
skills can be marketed to better prepare them for the world after Sweet Briar. In October 2010 the
business office transitioned campus student employment to using web-time entry, an electronic time sheet
process through Banner software, thereby eliminating the need for paper time sheets in most situations.
The Campus Student Employment Coordinator continues to smooth this transition by providing one-on-one
and small group training sessions for students, faculty and staff. The entire campus was not converted to
WTE until January 2011.
IX. ANNUAL GRADUATING STUDENTS OUTCOMES REPORT
2010 - 2011
The Career Services Center’s Graduating Students Outcomes Report for the 2010-2011 academic year
provides an overview of the known outcomes of SBC students who graduated in May of 2011.
Annual outcomes report data is obtained through the Graduating Senior Survey administered by CSC staff
to 2011 May graduates and through communications with SBC faculty, staff, and the families of the
students themselves. The report below is for the “At the time of Graduation.” Another report will be created
with a more detailed analysis of the outcomes for the “six months out” point which is the traditional
reporting time for outcomes per NACE.
As of graduation, 91% of seniors have reported their post-graduation plans to the Career Services Center.
Of those students, 79 % had either secured a job, (part-time or full) been accepted to a graduate school or
other advanced study opportunity such as nursing school; or were pursuing a personal endeavor such as an
internship or overseas travel. Research shows that the outcomes for the Class of 2011 compare favorably
with those of the last couple of years graduating classes with 79% actually being the average of the
successful outcomes for the past three years. This shows a consistency in strong outcomes even in tough
Although there is no national benchmarking to compare to for the classes of 2010 or 2011 as of this
writing, according to NACE’s (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2010 - 2011 Career
Services Benchmark Survey for Four-year Colleges and Universities, the most recent survey available,
which looked at the Class of 2009, Sweet Briar graduates from that graduating class were ahead of national
averages for employment by 2.05 %, and for further study by 6 %.
This statistic shows that even in tough times, SBC students truly excel when it comes to pursuing advanced
study after graduation. It does appear that a brightening economy may help in this endeavor. For example,
NACE projected that employers plan to hire 19.3 % more graduates in 2010-2011 than they did in 2009-
It has been communicated to all graduating seniors that the Career Services’ resources and staff are
available to them throughout the summer, and of course, for the rest of their lives. It is interesting to note
that with schools under 1,000 students the number of students reporting jobs between graduation and the
follow-up reporting period, 8 months for the NACE schools, 6 months for Sweet Briar, there is almost a
23% increase in the reported number of students employed. This shows that a large number of students
accept employment between graduation and 8 months out.
It is projected that the Class of 2011 will have similar outcomes as previous classes and continue to
outperform their peers on objective and professional survey instruments. The “At the Time of Graduation”
statistics bear this out, and as survey data from other instruments such as the 2010 CSS and NSSE, come in
further analysis will be undertaken. The next formal analysis of graduate outcomes will take place six
months from graduation.
DIVERSE ENDEAVORS UNDERTAKEN BY THE
CLASS OF 2011
Ashley Adams – Employed – Fine Arts Academy in Richmond
Kristen Anderson – Apprentice with American Continental Group – A lobbying firm
Erin Aufox – Veterinary School – Auburn University
Elizabeth Baker – Museum Studies Graduate Program – George Washington University
Brittney Bolin – Graduate School for Psychology – Simmons University
Wendie Charles – SBC MAT
Jane Craddock – UVA Graduate Program in Engineering
Emily Davies – Marine Science Technician – United States Coast Guard
Ria Fyffe – Accepted at the University of South Carolina – Graduate Program in Chemistry but
will work as a paramedic before applying to medical school
Wendi Harder – George Washington University – Masters of Anthropology
Morgan Harman – Professional Internship – Mullen Advertising Agency’s Public Relations and
Social Media Department
Mariah Hoelz – Teaching in China
Ashley Howard – Medical School – Edward College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus
Katelyn James – Ordnance Assessment – Department of the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare
Cassidy Jones – Engineer – Babcock and Wilcox Company
Sarah Jones –Employed - Intelligence Specialist for National Ground Intelligence Center
Kelly Kincaid – SBC MAT
Corey Latta – Teaching Artist – Lexington Children’s Theatre
Melaina Macone – Group Manager – Anheuser Busch
Emily Masiello – Graduate School Johns Hopkins
Mary “Mai” McCarthy - University of Houston Masters in Public History
Anna Newberg - Master's of Arts in Teaching at Sweet Briar
Fazila Noorzad – IEAW – Initiative to Educate Afghan Women
Leslie Price – Graduate School (Doctoral Program) for Physical Therapy – Shenandoah University
Elizabeth Saccenti – Graduate School – Drexel University
Sarah Schofield – Graduate School for Music
Kelsey Smith – SBC MAT
Jocelyn Stephens - Employed in the Management program of Abercrombie and Fitch in Nashville,
Tennessee to become a manager of a retail store
Catherine Tooke – Employed – End Station Theater
Victoria Trudeau – University of Chicago – Arts and humanities (M.A.P.H)
Catherine Waterman – Graduate School Acceptances at University of Edinburgh, University of
Buckingham, Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, but will be going to the London
School of Economics
Laura Wheatley – Moving to CA getting married
Elizabeth Wilson – Engineering - Babcock and Wilcox Company
Ashley Winters – SBC MAT
Laura Wolf – SBC MAT
Career Services Center Goals and Accomplishments 2010 - 2011
► Continue collaborative efforts within CCL and more broadly on campus and to ensure that
the efforts of the Career Service’s staff to reach out to its constituencies to partner on career
development services, events, programs continue at an even stronger pace. Also, to continue
to build collaborative relationships with various constituencies to include: parents, faculty,
employers, alumnae, SBC staff, community partners and others.
The Senior Director and Associate/Assistant Director regularly participated on Admissions Office
open house panels and Accepted Applicant Weekend presentations.
The Assistant Director participated in several classroom and/or departmental outreach
The Assistant Director coordinated a mock interview exercise involving Engineering students, a
faculty member, and three professionals from regional engineering corporations.
The Senior Director coordinated a mock interview exercise involving Business Management
students, a faculty member, and two regional human resources professionals. He also gave a
presentation to the “Negotiating” class.
The Senior Director and Assistant Director partnered with the alumnae office to facilitate the
continuing development and implementation of the Alumnae Advisory Councils. The Senior
Director hosted a well attended panel of young alumnae and a breakfast break out session for
students and alumnae focused on “navigating a tough economy.”
As is known, other programs, workshops, and events do occur during the evening. Some have
excellent attendance others do not. This is common within the realm of career development
In collaboration with Rebecca Ambers, the Senior Director developed and implemented a
successful “Graduate School Night” which featured strong student participation and panel
appearances of faculty and recent alumnae.
The Senior Director and Assistant Director continue to develop and utilize employer contacts
through NACE Link, Experience, Career 15, and the networks inherent to NACE, SoACE, VACE,
All Career Service’s staff regularly assist SBC alumnae with career related issues with the majority
being served by the Senior Director. The Senior Director also works closely with other individuals
both inside and outside of the Sweet Briar community.
The Career Service’s staff continues to design, develop, and conduct successful Field/Major
Specific Career Events each year which include employers, alumnae, faculty, and other
As a point of interest, the Assistant Director collaborated and coordinated with the Engineering and
Math departments for the fourth year running by utilizing funding from an NSF grant partially
earmarked for the design and implementation of a career fair.
The result was the Engineering, Math, and Computer Science Careers Event which was held at the
Florence Elston Inn Boxwood Conference Room. A dinner was held prior to the Engineering,
Mathematical and Computer Sciences Careers Event at the Houston Bistro.
Career Service’s staff continues to provide regular workshops and other programming focused on
common career development topics such as resumes/cover letters, interviewing skills, job search
The Assistant Director is regularly asked to present MBTI to student constituents including
Professor Calvert’s Management class and Joan Lucy’s LCP I group.
The Senior Director continues to be the advisor to the Day and Turning Point students working to
find new ways to partner with various campus constituencies in an effort to better the experiences
of that student population.
The Senior Director serves on two local community services Board of Directors; the Center for
Adult Learning and Literacy, and the Amherst County Department of Social Services.
Lynchburg City and Amherst County Office of Economic Development professionals attended the
Government and International Careers Event and the executive director of economic development
council for Virginia’s Region 2000 attended the Commerce Careers Event on April 13, 2011.
The Senior Director continues to serve on the VFIC’s Career 15 Strategic Career Initiatives
Advisory Board, and facilitated three special events this year to include three key employer panels
and one key employer facilities visit.
The Career Services staff again participated in the planning and implementation of the annual
CHALLENGE Job and Internship Fair which involves staff and students from seven area colleges
and universities. For 2019 Sweet Briar will be taking on the responsibilities of managing the entire
The Senior Director and Assistant Director continue work to ensure that SBC students have
opportunities to learn about, and travel to, other regional career events such as UVA’s Diversity
Career Event, and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s College to Career Event. The Senior
Director regularly distributes information regarding other college’s career events and programs.
For the second year in a row Sweet Briar students have attended the Career Premiere Career Fair
The Senior Director again partnered with the Directors of Lynchburg College and Randolph
College to put on the third annual Tri-College Education Career Fair.
The Senior Director worked with the NAVSEA Woman Owned Small Business Conference and
the Burke Consortium to facilitate employer and student interaction during the April conference.
The Sweet Briar Career Services Center is currently ranked # 8 in the country according to the
Princeton Review’s 2010 edition of The Best 371 Colleges and is a testament to all the SBC
community partners that work with passion to ensure the success of our students. It should be
noted that Career Services has been ranked in the “top ten” for the past three years.
► Continue development of internship opportunities and programs
The new Assistant Director began in February 2011, and was able to successfully transition into the
The Senior Director regularly consults with the Assistant/Assistant Director on internship
workshops, seminars, and programs aimed at Career Services constituencies.
The Assistant Director will complete multiple site visits to evaluate internships while building
relationships with on-site supervisors and to ensure students and internship providers were having
The Associate Director continued her efforts to grow and promote the internship program through
hanging another internship bulletin board in CSC office of students who completed summer 2010
internships, Internship Student Spotlight to showcase student internship experiences and lunchtime
Internship Focus Sessions to share information about internships with students.
Academic internship numbers increased from the 2009-2010 academic year (59 completed) to
the 2010-2011 academic year (82 completed).
The Assistant Director will continue to work to seek out ways to increase the number of
internships. (Tentative numbers for summer 2011 indicate 54 academic internships.)
The Assistant Director will work to enhance internship website and resources available through
website, including posting previous internship locations and utilizing Facebook. Currently, this is
contingent on support from the student web assistant, with participation in CCL communication
sub-committee new ideas and ways to enhance both CCL and internship website will be created.
Ideally, internship blogging will occur, this; however, has been stalled due to approval from the
Media, Marketing and Communications Office.
The Assistant Director will continue to outreach to students encouraging them to provide
information about completion of academic and non-academic internships with an effort to increase
the number of underclass women being served.
► Continue assessment of the quantity and type of programs, given evolving student needs and
to continue to work hard to be a strong keeper and purveyor of essential information to the
College, and strive to keep the key areas of outcome and programmatic statistics at the high
levels of recent years.
The Senior Director contributes regularly to the President’s Newsletters and Board reports.
Both the Assistant Director and the Senior Director have been contributors to campus newsletter
articles, faculty meeting reports and updates, and the Alumnae Office’s magazines and newsletters.
Both the Assistant Director and the Senior Director have contributed information about Sweet Briar
College internships to the local Amherst paper.
Career Service’s staff continues to create a substantive annual report.
The Senior Director regularly sends statistical student outcomes data to the Institutional Research
The Senior Director and Assistant Director regularly review Career Services events and programs
Because of the hard work of Co-Curricular Life, faculty, administrators, alumnae, and Career
Services; graduating classes have posted strong outcomes. Most recently in a report generated for
Senior staff, the Senior Director reported that based on CSS (College Senior Survey) data Sweet
Briar students indicated that in the majority of categories reflecting preparedness for life after
college including employment and graduate school acceptances, students scored higher than their
Career Services student appointment numbers and programming numbers continue to exceed
Annual updates are made to the Career Services SACS five column model with new qualitative
information being incorporated for 2010 - 2011. This survey data being kept will be evaluated and
incorporated in the SACS assessment process and will contribute to the on-going review of Career
Two weeks were designated to collect anonymous evaluations of one-on-one advising
appointments. Information collected was reviewed and an analysis will be included in the 2010-
In an effort to address the tough economy the Senior Director scheduled regular student workshops
and roundtables for students to learn about effective strategies to navigate a tough economy during
their job searching. The extra career fair (Career Premiere) and the aforementioned VFIC Career
15 opportunities also gave students additional options to work within tough economic times.
► To continue to evaluate trends, resources, and services within the realm of information
technology for the career development/services profession, and to evaluate what makes sense
for implementation at Sweet Briar College. The Career Service’s staff will work to identify
and implement new ways of working with multi-media and technology as it applies to career
development delivery of resources and services.
The Senior Director has utilized LinkedIn to connect with alumnae to learn about and advertise
employment opportunities for students. The Assistant Director and Senior Director have also used
LinkedIn to garner participants for Field Major Specific Career Events.
Career Service’s staff continues to look at ways to improve and expand on the use of the current
employment/internship databases to include: NaceLink, Experience, Career 15, and Vault.
Career Service’s staff has researched ways to utilize GoogleDocs for office management, career
services surveys, forms, and general information dissemination.
The Assistant Director created a strong Facebook presence for the Career Services Center.
Currently there are 357 friends on board. The Assistant Director will also be looking into various
venues for blogging, etc. and continue her work on technology career development.
► To ensure that Campus Student Employment moves forward during the process of
transitioning out of the current Coordinator of Campus Student Employment during the fall
of 2010 and the early spring of 2011. To evaluate new ideas and possibilities for Campus
Student Employment in so far as personnel, duties, responsibilities, and potentially the
location of the office are concerned.
The new Campus Student Employment Coordinator began in February 2011, and was able to
successfully transition into the position with the help of a two-week intensive training session from
the previous Coordinator of Campus Student Employment.
The Campus Student Employment Coordinator is working closely with the Senior Programmer
Analyst and Director of Accounting to create queries to better track job numbers, supervisor
approvals, and student job activity.
The Campus Student Employment Coordinator continues to develop a system to reduce
unnecessary emails to students and supervisors. This process is accomplished through query
interface between Banner, Sagan and Excel.
The Campus Student Employment Coordinator continues to develop new ways to increase
efficiency in the data entry process and other procedures for the CSE office; including, job
description updates, student evaluations, job entries, job terminations, reminder email formats and
The Campus Student Employment Coordinator continues to audit Banner system information and
is making needed corrections.
Since February, the Campus Student Employment Coordinator has volunteered with Sweet Day of
Service, Annual Arts Day, and FAC fund raising golf tournament. The Coordinator is also a
member of the Diversity Committee, and supervisor for the Student Business Office.
► Continue assessment and planning efforts with Campus Student Employment
The Senior Director continues to encourage the efforts of the Campus Student Employment
Coordinator to conduct workshops for students and supervisors. A workshop for students was held
in the fall, and one-on-one training for supervisors began in March. The Campus Student
Employment Coordinator also held a round table discussion with LCPIII students in March.
The Senior Director facilitated the Campus Student Employment Coordinator’s efforts to continue
working on new ways to more effectively communicate with supervisors.
The Senior Director facilitated the Campus Student Coordinator’s successful efforts to save the
College money and conserve resources in the administration of the Campus Student Employment
The Senior Director continues to work closely with the Dean of Students and the CSE coordinator
to better understand CSE positions, numbers, and descriptions to better ensure that all students,
particularly work study have jobs.
The Senior Director worked closely with the Campus Student Employment Coordinator, AVP of
Finance and Administration, and the Dean of Co-Curricular Life to develop a system for
supervisors to request more money for their CSE budgets.
The Senior Director will work closely over the coming year with the CSE Coordinator, the Dean of
Co-Curricular Life, and others to ensure that the CSE program continues unhindered as a new
individual potentially takes the helm after January of 2011.
Career Service Center Goals for 2011 -2012
Beginning in the 2010 -2011 academic year, our services will continue to extend to
include career advice for the specialties of a new Musical Theatre major, and
Renaissance/Medieval Studies minor
Continue assessment and planning efforts with Campus Student Employment to
evaluate new ideas and possibilities for Campus Student Employment in so far as
efficiency, departmental collaboration, and job placement.
Continue working on the on-going goals presented above, especially in the area of
internship development and outreach to underclass women. This includes working to
increase the number of student appointments and participation in events and
The Assistant Director is actively pursuing the collaboration of academic
departments with Career Services to increase experiential learning and provide a
larger number of internship opportunities that are major-specific.
To continue to evaluate trends, resources, and services within the realm of
information technology for the career development/services profession, and to
evaluate what makes sense for implementation at Sweet Briar College.
Career Services Staff are evaluating the capability of an electronic quarterly Career
Services Newsletter, providing event/program scheduled dates, career advice, and
student internship experience.
Career Services Staff are researching the feasibility of using I-pads to increase
efficiency and reduce costs as part of the College “Plan For Sustainable Excellence”,
that promotes “digitally sophisticated” opportunities
To continue to evaluate and assess the services, resources, and programming of the
Career Services Center, through data driven decision making
To work collaboratively with First and Second Year Programs and Academic
Advising in an effort to create substantive initiatives and programming for students.