Memorial’s new director of the Centre for Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL) has some sensible advice for students on the hunt for summer jobs: embrace new challenges and learn to become leaders.
With summer just around the corner and thousands of Memorial students in search of work Jennifer Browne said the key for students to get the most of summer jobs is to seize opportunities that’ll help them grow.
“Summer jobs provide students with wonderful opportunities to explore career interests and gain valuable skills and competencies required for today’s work place,” said Ms. Browne. “Each position provides an occasion to try new things, meet new people and continue to develop.”
It’s also that kind of positive outlook along with a solid education and work experiences that has allowed Ms. Browne, who has worked at Memorial since May 2000, to move up through the ranks and into her post as director.
A native of Renews, Ms. Browne was officially appointed in December 2006; prior to that she was acting director for eight months and manager of the Centre for Career Development. She replaced Robert Shea who is now an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.
More than four months into her new job, Ms. Browne said she enjoys helping put students on the right career paths.
“Assisting students choose career paths and watching them transition into the world of work, whether it is part time, summer, or upon graduation, is very rewarding,” she said. “Career development is such an important aspect of people’s lives at all stages it is essential students start on the right track getting sound advice and information. Making sure they have the right tools to succeed such as effective resumes, good interview techniques and confidence in their abilities and education are just a few keys to success.”
A proud graduate of Memorial with a bachelor of arts degree as well as a master of education degree in post-secondary education, Ms. Browne has worked in areas of career development in both community/non-profit and post-secondary settings. She is affiliated with a number of professional organizations and currently sits as the Atlantic Regional Chair for the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) and is president of Contact Point, a practitioner-driven, Canadian website which provides resources and information for career development practitioners and counsellors across the country.
To learn more about CDEL and summer career opportunities visit www.mun.ca/cdel.