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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The Career Curator: Transition- Leaving a Fingerprint on Someone’s Soul

For my final Career Curator, I’d like to discuss the concepts of change and transition. According to William Bridges, change is something that happens to people, while transition is something that happens in your mind as you go through change. Recently, I have found this to be true. Currently, I am experiencing transition as a result of a decision to spread my wings after 15 amazing years at Bentley University and to begin a new role later this summer. …

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The Career Curator: Connecting the Dots

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a few days with some of the leading professionals in our field while facilitating a conference around The Future of Career Services. Not only did I gather incredible insights from the other faculty, but I also learned so much from the fully engaged participants. Whether leading career services at an online theological seminary, a major public university or a small community college, we all share a commitment to what Simon …

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The Career Curator: New Year, New Operating System

Friends and family know that I am passionate about careers. So, during the holiday break, it’s not a surprise that conversations at every family gathering, on the yoga mat, or even in line at Starbucks, all had a common refrain—the career search. The overwhelming question was “my son or daughter needs to find an internship or job and doesn’t know how, what do you suggest?” As the leader of university-wide career programs at Bentley University, I, of course, start with …

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Introducing: The Career Curator

It has been over two decades since I joined the Career Services profession and I can genuinely say I still Love Mondays. Lately I have become more reflective about the gift of meaningful work. How did I end up in a career that gives me such satisfaction, joy and engagement? And how can I share the lessons I have learned from amazing colleagues, students and employers over these years? So, at the urging of one of my reverse mentor, David …

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Lessons from the Big Apple

You are the CEO of Your Life

At the end of August, I had the privilege of spending the day with my colleagues, Brian and MaryEllen, and joining a group of amazing students on our bi-annual Success in the City program. What an incredible experience to connect with our Falcons who have flown Bentley’s nest and launched successful careers on Wall Street. Through panels and informal networking, alumni shared their experiences with our students. While there were so many words of wisdom, here are my top 10 …

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