Steve Kligerman

Career Consultant | Pronouns: he/him/his

In my role, I help coordinate all the programming that the Center for Career Development puts on including presentations for classes or student organizations, panels, webinars, and workshops. I also work one on one with students to assist them within a variety of career-related topics such as career and major exploration, interview preparation, and post-graduation opportunities.

When I was an undergraduate student, I did not utilize my university’s career center (to be honest, I’m not positive I could have told you that there WAS a career center on my campus until my senior year). As a first-generation student, I didn’t know that there were resources I could have used to make my life easier when it came to career. Now, as a Career Consultant, I want to help students realize that there are people and tools here at the Center for Career Development that can provide much needed support no matter where they are within their career journey.

Bio

Hometown: Amesbury, MA

Things I enjoy: I love helping students navigate a time in their life that can be so exciting and stressful all at the same time. I find great joy in being a part of a student realizing their full potential and opportunity. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking for my friends and family as a way to bring people together. I also am an avid fantasy football player and huge Star Wars nerd. May the force be with you throughout your career!

Advice to students:
Almost everything you do while you are a student helps qualify you for future experiences. I can think of dozens of students that I have worked with who feel like they are not qualified for a position or an internship because they don’t have directly relevant experience, when they actually had so many things that made them a good fit. Everything you choose to participate in, from your courses and extracurricular activities to part-time work and community service, has developed essential skills that are going to be useful going forward. Give yourself credit for what you have done and know that you are worthy of that internship, graduate school, position, or whatever else it is!

Education

Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Master of Education, Higher Education – Student Affairs
Favorite Project: My thesis project, “Managing the Student Faces of a College: A Benchmarking Study on the Best Practices of Student Ambassador Programs”

Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies – Mathematics, Psychology, and Communication
Favorite Experience: Planning events as the president of the Campus Activities Board for students to enjoy during their time on campus.

Previous Roles

  • Professional Development Seminar Instructor – Nichols College Career & Professional Development Center, Dudley, MA
  • Associate Director – Nichols College Office of Admissions, Dudley, MA
  • Assistant Director – Nichols College Office of Admissions, Dudley, MA
  • Admissions Counselor – Nichols College Office of Admissions, Dudley, MA
  • Graduate Fellow – Merrimack College Office of Admissions, North Andover, MA
All Posts

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How To Start a Career in UX Design, With Tips From a Former Google and Facebook UX Designer

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By Sakshi Gupta - Springboard
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Video Game Industry Careers: An Inside Look at Gaming Jobs & How You Can Land One

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By Kindra Cooper - Springboard
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Everything You Need to Know About Pursuing a Career in Media

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By Michael Klein - Vault
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Welcome to the Arts, Media, and Communication Career Community!

Welcome to the Arts, Media, and Communication Career Community! There are a ton of career resources at career.uconn.edu, but it can be challenging at times to find exactly what you are looking for as a student interested in Arts, Media, …

By Steve Kligerman
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7 Improv Techniques That’ll Make Conversations at Work Less Awkward and More Productive

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4 Career Lessons from Janelle Monáe

The multitalented singer, songwriter, actor, performer, producer, and activist Janelle Monáe has had a busy quarantine. In addition to fighting food insecurity amid the Covid-19 pandemic and starring in the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming, the eight-time Grammy-nominated artist was …

By Derek Loosvelt - Vault
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