Colleagues and students alike use superlatives like "force of nature," "indefatigable" and "awesome" to describe Nancy Burkett. Nancy was appointed Director of Career Services at Swarthmore in February 2003 and, since then, has devoted a seemingly endless supply of imagination and energy to helping Swarthmore students find themselves and define their futures.
"My favorite part of the job is the chance to see students grow and develop during their time at Swarthmore and to work with them toward developing career understanding and direction," she says. "There's nothing as satisfying as helping young people connect the knowledge, skills, values, and intellectual passion they develop at Swarthmore to rich career-building opportunities."
Nancy provides leadership and direction to the Career Services staff and serves as the liaison between Career Services and the College community, as well as employers, parents, prospective students and graduate school representatives. Nancy and her staff provide career advising and assistance to students and alumni, helping them identify career directions, locate opportunities to explore careers, and develop job search or graduate school admission strategies.
Nancy left an early career in human resources to pursue one in career services, working for a decade in the latter at the College of William and Mary. She served for several years as dean of career development at Wagner College in New York before coming to Swarthmore.
"The Swarthmore experience hones students' independence, creativity, and ethical vision," says Nancy. "It is an education that offers the finest preparation for any career, and, also, for life."