Beth Settje

Associate Director

Beth Settje

Beth Settje has been working in higher education for close to 30 years and at UConn since 2001. She has held a few different roles in the department, currently serving as the Associate Director, College to Career Transitions and Alumni Engagement. Her efforts will focus on students finishing their experience in college or graduate school and preparing for what is next. She will also address transitioning into the first year of a graduate program or work. Lastly, her work will include reaching out to alumni regarding their career development needs as well as ways they want to support current students with mentoring, networking and general career support. Beth is the instructor for the department’s Senior Year Experience course, a one credit class open to graduating undergraduates; she also organizes and schedules small and large programming to prepare students for life after graduation.

Beth is a strong advocate for students figuring out their academic and career paths, understanding the route is not always clearly marked and that detours often lead to new, unexpected discoveries. Her favorite career theory is Planned Happenstance, which emphasizes creating or taking advantage of the different opportunities that present themselves each day. She encourages students to trust and believe in themselves, as they figure out their choices.

Beth earned her Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing major/English minor) from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her favorite undergraduate course was Business Writing and she uses elements of that course in her daily work at the CCD. She is also a proud mom to a UConn student and wife to a UConn alum.

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If I Could Turn Back Time


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Vacation or New Career?

Give and Getaway

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Avoiding Job Search Burn Out


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Developing New Skills after UConn


When I was in college I decided on a career in advertising and marketing. My plan was to create ads that were enticing, exciting, and interesting. However, once I came to the conclusion that I neither liked the idea of …

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Pharm.D Résumé Writing – From Good to Great


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Whose Life is it Anyway?


Over the past 20 years or so that I have worked with students, I have listened to many people discuss choosing a major and career. Some of them have worked for years, while others are just entering college. Some people …

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What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?


In first grade, the teacher asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Perhaps you recall a similar conversation in elementary school. Apparently I answered ‘Arthur’ because I could not quite say Author. I gravitated toward reading, so …

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Getting an Oil Change


This morning I took my car in for a regular oil change. It was many miles past the recommendation and as a result, the car was running a bit sluggish. I really should have been at the shop weeks ago. …

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UConn PharmD Students: Gaining the Competitive Edge


Thousands of students are in colleges of pharmacy across the United States. These programs incorporate many of the same elements to prepare students for a career as a pharmacist, whether in retail, industry, sales or research. Therefore, distinguishing yourself during …

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Turn Your Internship into a Full-time Job

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Whether you are looking to try and stay where you held a prior internship or want to apply your experience to a new organization, here are some key points to consider as you transition from college to the professional world.

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