From the Director:
“As a society we are experiencing the biggest disruption in the workforce in over 100 years, since the transition from an agricultural society to an industrial society and now from an industrial society to a digital age.” (Zoë Baird, CEO, Markle Foundation) The modern 21st century world of work has emerged. It is global, data-driven, with fast paced communication, and innovation emerging from collaborative environments with a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The ever-evolving world of work, significant technological and generational shifts, and changing dynamics and expectations around the role of education have spurred the need for major paradigm shifts in the delivery of career services in higher education. “It's estimated that 65% of Generation Z (born between 1995-2015) will end up doing work that does not yet exist.” (Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade, New York Times)
As educators, how we respond to these changes is at the forefront of our minds. It is essential for us to be forward thinking in our understanding of students’ emerging learning needs and innovative educational and employer engagement models to facilitate and accelerate our students’ personal and professional development. The heart of our work at Santa Clara University’s Career Center involves a passion for helping students find their fit, to discover the intersection between their talents, what brings them joy, and what the world needs. We encourage students to engage with us early and often in their exploration of Silicon Valley’s vibrant employment marketplace with opportunities ranging from fellowships, internships, research opportunities, and full-time jobs.
-Rose Nakamoto, Director of the Santa Clara University Career Center
Our Services & Signature Programs
Rose brings over 10 years of experience ranging from overseeing the recruitment and talent acquisition process within HR, coordinating employment and workforce development initiatives, and managing a global executive education program for rising senior leaders within Silicon Valley tech and fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she has significant global work, study, and service-learning experience in Southern Africa, South America, and Europe. Rose brings her passion for developing people to the Career Center where she enjoys helping students discover and then transform their unique talents and interests into a career they will love. Her inspiration in work comes from developing innovative career and professional education initiatives to help SCU students launch into the dynamic and ever-changing 21st century world of work. Rose has her BA degree in Modern Literary Studies and a MA in Counseling Education, Career Development.
Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in higher education and has worked for more than three years as a career counselor for students studying Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Santa Clara. Santa Clara is a big part of Jennifer’s history, as she is an alum and has worked on campus since 2005, previously serving as the Business Manager in Auxiliary Services before taking on her role in the Career Center. Her work is inspired by her own Santa Clara experience and she loves helping SCU students explore the intersection between their passions, talents, and the needs of the world to discover meaningful opportunities. Jennifer has a BS degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Italian and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development from Santa Clara University.
Associate Director, Employer Relations & Experiential Learning
Moira brings to the Career Center nearly 10 years of experience working in career development in higher education, providing career counseling to students of all majors, as well as developing programs and events to facilitate professional development and connection to employers. In addition, Moira has extensive experience consulting with Silicon Valley employers on topics including on-campus recruitment, branding and internship development. Prior to her work in career development, Moira held a variety of human resources roles in both corporate and educational settings. Moira is passionate about preparing students for the world of work. Her inspiration for her work comes from creating programs and resources that generate moments of personal and professional discovery for students in their career journey. Moira has her BA degree in Psychology and an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Career Development Emphasis.
Senior Director, Strategic Projects & Initiatives
Elspeth has extensive experience working in Silicon Valley, first as an executive, then as a consultant providing leadership development, executive coaching, and career consulting to companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Agilent. Her blend of corporate experience and counseling training allows her to understand the support needed for students in recognizing and articulating their strengths as they enter the workforce as well as finding satisfaction in making a meaningful contribution once there. Elspeth is a frequent conference presenter and her co-authored article “Vocation at Work” speaks to the Jesuit values that inspire her. (Conversations magazine, Fall 2014). Elspeth has a B.A. in English and French and M.A. in Counseling.
Shellie has over twenty years of experience working and volunteering in the Santa Clara community. As the Administrative Associate for the Career Center, Shellie works closely with students, staff, and employers at the Career Center to coordinate events and help students navigate their way through the Career Center at SCU. Shellie owned her own local flower business for many years where she was able to hone her customer service skills. She’s excited to be working on the SCU campus and helping to guide students to meeting their career goals in whatever way that she can. She brings a unique and supportive perspective to the Center and is inspired by seeing students reach their full potential. Shellie has her BA degree in Art from San Jose State University.
Assistant Director, Employer Engagement
Courtney brings over twenty years of experience handling customer service, sales, marketing, promotions, and account management. As the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, Courtney manages the on-campus interview program and other employer-related events. Her understanding of the corporate environment and the essential requirements of employers, balanced with her insight into the needs of students as they navigate initial career choices, provide the foundation of her passion to support both SCU students and employers. Her inspiration in work comes from the satisfaction of connecting employers with our students and facilitating strong, ongoing, relationships with companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. Courtney has her BA degree in English from Loyola Marymount University.
Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, Business & Engineering
Meghan has returned to campus after nearly a decade in University Recruiting and Human Resources at a top consulting firm and Bay Area startups. Seeing the dynamic employment landscape and industry trends firsthand, Meghan is excited to utilize her experience to coach undergraduate Business and Engineering students along their career exploration journey. An alum, Meghan understands the lifelong value of an SCU education and is passionate about helping students articulate how their skills, interests, and education come together to tell a unique story. She particularly enjoys collaborating and innovating with her team, faculty, and employers to ensure that students receive quality career coaching, plus tips and tools that set them up for job search and workplace success. Meghan appreciates that SCU's location in the "epicenter of technology" allows strong relationships with employers here in the Silicon Valley community and beyond, and she focuses on continuing healthy partnerships. Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts in English at Santa Clara University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Kristina has nearly a decade of public/non-profit experience in state, employment and career services throughout Silicon Valley. She has been dedicated to supporting the diverse needs of the community from economically disadvantaged youth, to university students, to mature workers. As the Assistant Director for the College of Arts and Sciences, Kristina enjoys guiding students as they cultivate their career vision and the foundational skills that will serve them throughout their professional development. In addition to her work in direct services, Kristina has been a design practitioner in various industries, developing products, services, and strategy. She is inspired by bringing a creative perspective into her collaboration with students and building fresh programming. Kristina has a BA in Environmental Design, BS in Industrial Design and MA in Education Counseling.
Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, University Alumni
Dean has over a decade of business experience, including an overseas assignment in China for a Fortune 500 company and 7 years as an executive with a successful Silicon Valley start up. Throughout his varied experiences, his greatest source of joy has come from the opportunities to coach and mentor others, including students and alumni in his current role as the Alumni Counselor at Santa Clara University. Dean has a BA in Psychology, an MBA, and a MA in Counseling Psychology.
Assistant Director - Career Development Specialist, Graduate Programs
Amy moved to Silicon Valley over 17 years ago from the Midwest. Initially working in human resources as the recruiter and coordinator of an internship program of over 300 students for a large semiconductor company, she received invaluable insight into high tech and hiring practices. However, her desire to work with students more directly and assist them in their career development drove her back to the university setting. Now, after a few years off to raise her children, Amy is excited and thankful to be back at SCU working on a part-time basis and assisting the graduate populations in Engineering, Counseling Psychology, and Education. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Development from Purdue University.
Contact & Directions
To Contact the Career Center:
Phone: (408) 554-4421
Summer Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am-4:30pm; Fri: 8am-4pm
Academic Year Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am – 5pm; Fri: 8am – 4:30pm
The Career Center is in the west wing on the first floor of Benson Memorial Center.