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NIKKI BARNETT

Title : Assistant Director of Alumni Career Services
Contact:  nikki.barnett@stonybrook.edu

Role:    Nikki leads Alumni Career Services by helping alumni in need of career direction and managing alumni career volunteer programs. She provides career counseling, career coaching and educational programs (webinar series and workshops) catering to all stages of the career life cycle. Alumni volunteer programs include the Career Advisors Network (CAN) mentoring program, alumni employer site visits, and the January Shadow program. 

 

Personal/Professional Background:    Nikki has been working at the Career Center since 2007, and has worked in higher education for 14 years. Prior to this she worked in Residence Life at Stony Brook, as an Assistant Director for College Housing (2005) and, before that, a Residence Hall Director (2003). Nikki is a double alum from Stony Brook University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) with a specialization in Student Community Development (SCD). In 2008, she received her LMSW and continues to blend and apply social work principles in her career counseling and coaching practice. 

Nikki embraces a strengths perspective and uses a coaching approach to help clients move into action. She presents on several topics that support the field of positive psychology - character strengths, habit formation, mindfulness practices, emotional and social intelligence - focusing on building life skills that support career development and growth. She has been recognized for her efforts in career services with a Student Affairs Distinguished Service Award for Student Development.

Best Career Advice She's Gotten:    In  order to truly learn about yourself and your fit in the working world, cultivate the skill of mindfulness and pay attention to habits that are not in line with your values. As you learn to turn inward for guidance (as opposed to looking externally to gain approval), you will be amazed to learn you already have what it takes to be successful. 

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