Expanding the Project

Ursula Olender

Ursula Olender, director of Amherst’s Career Center, hopes the Starwood case study will be the first of many similar efforts between the college and alumni.

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Ursula Olender Advises New Job Seekers

The Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with Ursula Olender, director of Amherst's career center, for a piece advising graduates on their first steps into the working world. She said liberal arts schools provide important skills for the new job seekers: "When you think about the skills that it takes to advance your career, the people who tend to get promoted into managerial positions tend to be people who are communicating effectively,” she said.

Career Center Welcomes New Director Ursula Olender

Submitted on Tuesday, 9/13/2011, at 12:17 PM

Interview by Rebecca Ojserkis '12

This fall, Amherst welcomes Ursula Olender as the new director of the Career Center and associate dean of students. She comes to Amherst from Colgate University, where she became director of career services in 2007. She was previously associate director of career services and chief health professions adviser at Dartmouth College. She received a master’s degree in counseling from Springfield College and a bachelor’s in psychology from Greenville College. She recently spoke with Rebecca Ojserkis ’12 about her plans for Amherst. The edited and condensed interview is below.