Spotlight – Audrey Tessier, University of Rhode Island
Assistant Director – Employer Relations, University of Rhode Island Center for Career and Experiential Education
Audrey studied at Rhode Island College. She has been with the University of Rhode Island for 14 years and in her current role for 7 years.
What was your career path to get your current role?
Cooperative Education Coordinator <- Recruiting Coordinator <- Career Advisor
What was your first job?
Why did you choose this career?
It is rewarding to see students evolve personally, academically and professionally while exploring careers and industries. I always enjoyed watching the Tudor Turtle and Mr Wizard the Lizard cartoons. It may have set me on this career path at an early age.
What is the skill that is most important in your current role?
Communication and a willingness to assist.
How did you develop these skills and how do you fine-tune them regularly?
I enjoy people and I believe I developed it from a genuine desire to assist. It doesn’t hurt to have good time management and organizational skills.
Did you have a mentor?
I did not. But, I had many people assist me along the way
Did you hold any EACE leadership roles?
I have co-chaired several EACE conference committees and also co-chaired the annual EACE conference with Maria Stein. I also held leadership positions in other regional associations (NEACEFE). The experience was invaluable in numerous ways. I highly recommend getting involved early on in your career.
What is your biggest career accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is knowing that I seem to get it mostly right on a daily basis. The big part comes when you consider the number of years.
What is your advice to students looking for their first job?
Seek assistance from all the resources available to you. Parents, faculty, employers, career centers, co-workers and the list goes on and is personal to who you are.
What is your advice to young professionals in the field who aspire to your current role?
Have a conversation with some one in the role you aspire to have. Network when ever you can to learn more about specific colleges and universities and the unique differences in them.
What was the best career advice you have ever received?
Stop, think then act. Of course, that could be just me.
What would you like colleagues to know about your organization (i.e. hiring practices/ programs)?
The University of Rhode Island recently combined career services and experiential education to create the Center for Career and Experiential Education. We are growing and have a diversity of positions that combine career and experiential as well as an employer relations component.