Susan Sandler Brennan

Associate Vice President, University Career Services

Susan Sandler Brennan

Susan Brennan, Associate Vice President of University Career Services, has over 20 years of experience managing career development and employer outreach programs in business higher education. In her leadership role she provides strategic direction to university-wide career services functions including: undergraduate, graduate, alumni, recruiting, employer relations, marketing and career education. She is recognized for her ability to build and maintain strong relationships with corporate partners, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff to improve outcomes and expand Bentley’s reputation in the global marketplace.

Brennan is a featured career expert in major media outlets including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Radio, Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post and Boston Business Journal. She often serves as keynote speaker for major internal and external events ranging from campus Open House events for accepted students and families, to career-oriented webinars, and conferences addressing the corporate community. She also serves as a key resource to faculty and administration on major curriculum initiatives to ensure market relevance and consideration of career implications.

Under her leadership, Bentley’s undergraduate placement surveys have yielded 98% employment or graduate school plans within six months of graduation. These results impact key rankings including Bloomberg/BusinessWeek and Princeton Review.

Prior to joining Bentley in 2003, Brennan combined her passions for business and education in diverse roles at the Arthur D. Little School of Management (now Hult International Business School), the Hay Group, Columbia University and the Children’s Museum. She has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, master of education from Harvard University and master of business administration from Babson College.

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“I deliver Career Education and Outcomes. What do you do?” – Susan Brennan, AVP of Bentley’s Career Services

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At a recent meeting, a colleague referred to our department as the one that “gets students jobs”. My heart sank.

My team and I have worked tirelessly over many years to reimagine career services, and yet many, even those who know us well, assume an old paradigm.  Language matters. And as an institutional leader, it is my responsibility to educate and redefine something as basic as what we do every day. What is our job? How do we describe our …

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Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking

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We hear every day about the importance of critical thinking skills for today’s college graduates. According to an excellent Wall Street Journal article, mentions of critical thinking in job postings have actually doubled since 2009. But what does that mean for you, our students, who are looking to demonstrate your critical thinking and problem solving abilities to employers? How do you know if you are a critical thinker if we can’t even be clear about the definition? The WSJ references …

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The Morning After: 5 Leadership Lessons from the Patriots

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When it comes to football, I’m no expert.  But when it comes to career development and leadership, you’ve got my attention. After last night’s stunning Super Bowl victory by the Patriots, I’ve been thinking about the lessons we can learn from Bill Belichick’s leadership of this world class team. As I think about managing our #1 ranked Career Services team here at Bentley, many of the tips from Daniel Rodic’s article, 5 Lessons Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots can teach …

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Baby, it’s cold outside, but summer internships are hot!

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Welcome back, Bentley students! While the semester is just getting started, it’s already time to start thinking about summer internships! According to Money Magazine, “If You Want a Cool Internship This Summer, You Should Do This Right Now”.  The article has great tips about targeting, searching and networking. And, you may find some words of wisdom from yours truly. Turns out Money Magazine thinks Bentley Career Services knows a thing or two about successfully securing internships (and full-time jobs too!). Be sure …

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Give Yourself the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season – My 2016 Reading Wrap Up!

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I love to read. My top 5 strengths (Strategic, Relator, Woo, Ideation, and Activator) are all about considering, connecting and leading the charge to implement innovative ideas. I can’t take credit for originality, but I can claim talent in curating ideas by devouring newspapers, books, podcasts, TED Talks and other sources of thoughtful and creative content. As we wrap up the 2016 year and look forward to the new year, I wanted to share my top 10 must-read career-oriented books …

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