Barbara Hewitt

Executive Director

Barbara Hewitt

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Barbara was promoted to Executive Director of Penn Career Services in 2018 and currently leads the entire office as well as advises students and alumni interested in pursuing MBAs.  Prior to becoming Executive Director Barbara served as a Career Adviser to students in the College of Arts and Sciences and in Wharton.  Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College with majors in Psychology and Spanish, a masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Penn.

Barbara believes strongly in the power of education to change lives and indeed the world, and has enjoyed focusing her career on helping students and alumni to take what they have learned while in school to contribute to society in their own unique ways.   Away from the office, Barbara spends time with her two teenage daughters and husband as well as a motley collection of furry friends including a shi zhu/ yorkie dog, two cats, and four occasionally noisy guinea pigs (at least when it’s their dinner time!).

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How—and When—to Include Projects on Your Resume (Plus Examples!)

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If you’ve completed a project you’re especially proud of, it’s natural to want to show it off on your resume—and it might even help you land your next job. Projects that potentially belong on your resume can come from your …

By Regina Borsellino - The Muse
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How to Feel More Confident in Interviews

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When you land an interview, you often feel instant joy. Unfortunately, this joy can soon be replaced by anxiety—and that can wreak havoc on your confidence. The good news is there are several distinct ways to fight this anxiety, boosting your …

By Julia Adams - Vault
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How to Ace ‘Guesstimate’ Interview Questions

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Guesstimates such as How many ping-pong balls fit in a 747? are among the most unnerving interview questions you can receive. They can seem so off the wall that they can shake up even the most calm, collected candidate. In …

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Building a “Personal Board of Directors” Can Transform Your Career—Here’s How to Do It

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When Suzy Nicoletti, a successful account manager, was passed over for a promotion, it didn’t make sense to her. “It didn’t fit with the stories I was telling myself,” she says.

Nicoletti sought input from a former colleague, someone more …

By Aliza Knox - The Muse
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The Idealist Guide to Working (and Living) with Chronic Illness and Disability

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There are myriad stories on the internet about different health experiences—be it chronic illness, disability, mental health struggles, or some combination of the three. But from the perspective of a person who wants to have an impactful career, there is …

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni - Idealist Careers
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What Size Company Is Right for You? Here’s What I’ve Learned Going From Startups to a Fortune 500 Company

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Last year, after a decade of working at small startups, I set my sights on larger, established companies: Series Bs, recent IPOs, and the Fortune 500. Recently married, in my mid-30s, and staring down a global pandemic, I was looking …

By Neal Shyam - The Muse
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Adapting a Nonprofit to Challenging New Conditions | An Interview with Megha Desai

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An estimated nine in 10 nonprofits worldwide were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore become increasingly important that social-impact organizations be able to adapt their priorities or service models in response to crises like this one.

I …

By Lakshmi Hutchinson - Idealist Careers
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7 Skills You Need to Succeed in Data Science (and How to Show Them Off in a Job Search)

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Nearly a decade after Harvard Business Review called data science the sexiest job of the 21st century, becoming a data scientist is still a great career choice. The median salary for a data scientist is $122,840, according to the Bureau …

By Charlie Custer - The Muse
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Welcome to Spring 2021!  Updates from Career Services

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It’s wonderful that we will have more students back in Philadelphia this spring.  We hope that with the vaccines more readily available our staff will be fully back on campus by the summer or fall. In the meantime, we wanted …

By Barbara Hewitt
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12 Types of Workplace Discrimination | An Employee Guide

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In 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that over 80,000 workplace discrimination charges were filed, resulting in a staggering $400 million in compensation for victims. The Commission defines and prohibits 12 types of discrimination that affect any …

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni - Idealist Careers
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