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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Introducing: The Career Curator

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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Love Mondays with our new Director of Undergraduate Career Services/Career Education and Outcomes

Love Mondays

Welcome back, Falcons. We missed you over the summer and can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Here in Career Services we have been on a journey as well. As a team, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about our beliefs, our values, and our work culture. We’ve asked ourselves important questions like, what are the beliefs that drive our work and which values are the ones we most want to share with you, our students.  As a result …

By Susan Sandler Brennan
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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 …

By Susan Sandler Brennan
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