About Jennifer Morrill

Five Questions with Jenn Morrill, Associate Director, Career and Self-Discovery Center

Jenn Morrill has been an adjunct faculty member in Russell Sage College’s general education program for six years and joined the college’s Accessibility Services office in 2022. In October 2023, she became associate director of Sage’s Career and Self-Discovery Center

You’ll find her most often in the center’s new space in Kahl Campus Center Room 101 on Sage’s Albany campus. Students will also meet her in RSC Thread classes: Morrill will visit RSC 101-Thriving at Sage classes to talk about the center, and she incorporates career competency skills, resume preparation, service learning, and overall professional development in the RSC 301-Innovating to Impact sections she leads.  

Keep reading to learn about her new role, and her suggestions for getting the most out of the Career and Self-Discovery Center’s resources. 

What attracted you to the opportunity in the Career and Self-Discovery Center?

My experience in Accessibility Services and teaching at Sage has been incredibly rewarding, and it has provided me with valuable insights into the diverse needs and aspirations of students. What attracted me to this new opportunity in the Career and Self-Discovery Center was the chance to further support students in their personal and professional development. I am excited about the opportunity to assist students in identifying their strengths, interests, and career goals, and to help them bridge the gap between their academic experiences and their future aspirations.

Tell us more about your new role — what are you responsible for?

An important part of my new role is to provide support to Russell Sage College’s undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, in their career development. Some of my responsibilities include individualized student one-on-one meetings, classroom visits, group presentations, and supporting students in their professional development: resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and helping students recognize their strengths and interests.  

Some of my goals are to enhance student career preparedness, increase student and alumni use of the Career and Self-Discovery Center, and create more meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students.

The Career and Self Discovery Center has a lot going on! What have been some highlights of your first few weeks?

It was definitely a busy first two weeks! I have enjoyed getting to know my new team members. It has also been awesome to be in Kahl Campus Center and see so many familiar faces on campus. RSC’s sense of community is so important to me, so it is really great to be in such a busy part of the Albany campus. 

Also, the Career Fair was a huge success thanks to our team and Director Carleen Pallante. We had over 380 students and alumni from 13 area colleges register! It was great to see students networking and alumni returning to our community to continue to make connections. 

Do you have advice for students, about how to get the most out of the Career and Self-Discovery Center?

Start early! Don’t wait until you’re close to graduation to utilize the resources available to you. Begin exploring your interests and career options, attend events and workshops, and network when possible!  Look for internship opportunities or experiential learning programs; hands-on experience can be invaluable for your future career. The more proactive and engaged you are, the more you’ll benefit from the resources available and the more connections you’ll make. 

Also, remember that the Career and Self-Discovery Center is here to support your journey, so don’t hesitate to ask for help and guidance whenever you need it! 

What interests do you have outside of work?

I love to read, travel, cook, and hike with my dog, Mya.