May Alumni Career Profile
Name: Colleen Gallagher
Class Year: Undergraduate 2003, Graduate 2005
Major: Psychology, Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration
Bridgewater State College
Describe your career path since graduation.
I went to Graduate School at BSC immediately following graduation. I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office for the President as well as Student Affairs. In 2005 I graduated with my MPA degree and returned to BSC in the Fall of 2005 as the Coordinator for a newly created department, Commuter Services
What is your current position and how long have you been with your employer?
I am the Commuter Services Coordinator and have been here since August 2005 when the Department opened.
Describe the main responsibilities of your position.
I work directly with commuter students on a number of levels. I seek to provide programs and services that best serve our commuter population and offer a way for them to get involved on campus and learn more about all that Bridgewater State College has to offer. I work with other departments and programs on campus to help represent, advocate and involve commuter students. I serve as a resource for commuters to navigate their way through campus. I maintain an Off Campus Housing database, and hold bi-annual Commuters CAN Weeks. I chair the Commuter Advisory Board, serve as an advisor to the Commuter Student Association and oversee the newly renovated Commuter Lounge. I supervise a staff of Commuter Assistants that plan programs and events from our annual One Ton Sundae to Mud Volleyball Tournament. In addition, I participate in New Student, Transfer and Graduate Orientation programs.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I truly love working with college students. BSC has so much to offer our students and it is always so satisfying to work with commuters and see how making connections and becoming involved changes their college experience. Oftentimes commuter students have a harder time connecting with people and being able to help them to accomplish that is truly rewarding.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
There are a few challenges to my job. I would say the most challenging is working with a population that isn't as easily accessible and also creating programs and services, and running a new department solo.
Describe your typical work week. (How many hours you work, your work environment, etc.)
Every week is different. My work environment is great! I am surrounded by great people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. Some weeks are busier than others. Some days I am in the office all day glued to my computer, other days I am running around planning events, going to meetings and talking to students. The diversity of my job is stimulating and keeps me motivated.
What job search methods did you use to obtain your current position?
I began exploring career opportunities through Higheredjobs.com. I also targeted specific institutions' websites that I was interested in working for. I found this particular job through the BSC Human Resources website.
What advice could you give to students interested in your field?
Be patient and be proactive! Exploring your options strategically and in a meaningful manner will be beneficial. Preparing yourself for every interview, anticipating interview questions and proof reading your resume and cover letter are key. I would also encourage all students to use the BSC Career Services Department. Lastly, know the job you're going for and know yourself!
Last Modified: May 18, 2007