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O’Brien Center for Student Success


The O’Brien Center for Student Success is here to assist you with all aspects of your college and post-college decision-making.

Some topics that we regularly advise students on:

  • resumes and cover letters
  • internship and co-op exploration
  • internship and co-op job searches
  • interview techniques and mock interviews
  • career and job searches
  • career exploration and decision making
  • major exploration and decision making

Who is your Career Advisor?

Your Career Advisor is determined by the major that you are pursuing.

Sarah Mackler meets with all students studying within the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Education.

Laura Thibodeau meets with all students studying within the School of Science and Engineering and the Girard School of Business.

Alexandra Finney meets with all Undeclared students.

Kate Chroust meets with all International and Graduate students.

If you are a double major you may choose to meet with either advisor in your area of study, or with the advisor who is most closely related with your career choice.

Career Lab Walk In Hours

Career Lab walk in hours are a great opportunity for students to stop in without an appointment to work on their resumes, ask quick questions, get to know Advantage, prepare for interviews, or simply find out what the O’Brien Center has to offer.  Our walk-on hours are staffed by professional Career Advisors and trained Career Peer Advisors.  Students may also meet privately with Career Advisors during the hours of 3:00-4:00pm Monday through Friday - no appointment is necessary for these quick 15 minute sessions.   

We offer Career Lab Walk In Hours in the O’Brien Center:

  • Monday 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am-12:00 pm & 3:00-4:00pm
  • Thursday: 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00-2:00pm & 3:00-4:00pm

Also visit us during Career Lab @ McQuade:

  • Monday 4:00-7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00-3:00 pm & 4:00-7:00pm
  • Wednesday:1:00-3:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30-11:30am 

Advising Appointments

  1. Log onto Advantage and book an appointment that works for you!
  2. Call (978) 837-5480
  3. Stop by the O’Brien Center, 2nd floor of the Sakowich Campus Center

When booking an appointment, give your name, major(s), phone number, year in school, and reason for your appointment.

Appointments are booked in 30 minute increments depending on the topic of discussion. 

Alternative Advising

Whether you are studying abroad, or live far away; the O’Brien Center for Student Success is able to work with you to ensure you take advantage of our advising services. Some alternative advising suggestions are; Skype, Google Chat, e-mail and phone. Please e-mail or call your Career Advisor for further information and availability.