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Favorite food: Bacon and mashed potatoes
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On The Job with Sarah Trudel
Associate director for professional studies and graduate admissions at Rivier University

03/31/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



As associate director for professional studies and graduate admissions, Sarah Trudel works with students from undergraduate programs through doctoral studies, answering questions and helping them on their path. A proponent of lifelong learning, Trudel spoke with the Hippo recently about what it’s like working in an academic atmosphere and realizing that a career is an evolving journey.

 
Explain in one sentence what your current job is.
Essentially I act as a recruiter for our professional studies, which is undergrad, evening, online and hybrid. In addition I serve as the initial contact for the professional studies, doctoral and graduate studies. Once [prospective students] apply or have questions, I’m kind of the go-to person. 
 
How long have you worked at Rivier?
Almost six and a half years.
How did you get interested in this field?
In a way it was by chance. I’d always had an interest in education but also in helping others. Shortly after I graduated from college I went to another local college to look into coming back to school myself and left with a job offer from the admission department.
 
What kind of education or training did you need for this job?
Well to work [for] and represent a university you have to have a college degree. My undergraduate education was very important … but more has been my graduate degree, which I completed a Rivier. Since I was a student at Rivier I was able to gain more insight from the student perspective. I was able to see it from their point of view. And then because I did an M.Ed. in education studies with a counseling concentration, the skills and knowledge gained in that program has been immensely useful.
 
How did you find your current job?
The first school I worked at was not Rivier. The job I’m in now was a former colleague’s, who recommend I apply. I had been looking at Rivier and applied for it knowing that I wanted to work at Rivier and complete my grad degree at the same time. 
 
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
It’s really important to be open to the idea of being a lifelong learner. … Even just life lessons and experiences that you learn along the way are useful in helping you move forward. 
 
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
For me probably that I didn’t need to overthink so much the idea of what I was going to do for the rest of my life. For most people a career is a journey, and it evolves overtime. I followed a path and it developed into something I’m passionate about. 
 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
Professional dress. I favor dresses because they’re easy, usually paired with a blazer or cardigan. Black and gray are my go-to.
 
What was the first job you ever had?
Aside from babysitting neighborhood kids, Service Merchandise Manchester customer service and sales associate. It turned into more than a job; that’s where I met my husband. 

— Allie Ginwala 





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