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Career Services
Meet the Staff

Eileen O'BrienEileen O'Brien
Title: Coordinator, Career Services Center; Professor Career and Life Planning Courses
Degrees: A.A., Foothill College; B.A. , UC Santa Barbara; M.S., San Francisco State University
Teaching Experience: Since 1998
Career Highlights: Lessons learned from my career experience have helped me provide better career counseling. I love it when students find work, especially using one of the non-traditional methods we teach.
Hobbies: Spending time with my son, traveling, river rafting and reading mysteries
Quote: “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”
Thomas Foxwell Buxton
Christine SidelaCristine Sidela
Title: Career Counseling Intern
Degrees: B.A., Psychology, CSUSM; M.S., Counseling, SFSU - expected graduation 2015
Teaching Experience: Since 2014, SFSU Summer Bridge First Year Experience Course
Career Highlights: In all aspects of my work, I approach each student as a unique individual with insurmountable potential to be successful. It is my intention to help others embrace their struggles and perceived obstacles and reframe them in a positive manner. I love being able to build a rapport with each student and eventually assist them in the process of their own self-discovery, while also empowering them to pursue their aspirations and dreams.
Hobbies: Exploring the city of San Francisco and discovering new dessert places, reading, photography
Quote: “See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Katie SnyderKatie Snyder
Title: Career Counseling Intern
Degrees: A.A., Liberal Studies, Santiago Canyon College; B.A. Communication Studies, UCLA; M.S. College and Career Counseling, SFSU - expected graduation May 2015
Career Highlights: You never know what can come out of a conversation with a stranger or a simple informational meeting. Many of my career and academic experiences have stemmed from my curiosity about something and then finding the right person to talk to in order to learn more about it. Some may call this "networking", but I like to think of it as lifelong learning and connection building. It is amazing what can come out curiosity, intention, determination, and gratitude.
Hobbies: Yoga (certified yoga instructor), dancing, hiking, discovering new music, traveling around California, and cooking/baking.
Quote: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for stars."
Casey Kasem