Services for Higher Ed

Why hire Curran Career Consulting?

The success of your graduates affects your ability to attract and retain highly desirable students. It also impacts alumni engagement and fundraising. You need to make sure that your students are positioned to make the most of their educational experience in their lives after graduation. For that, a high-functioning, effective, career services office is essential. Yet few careers offices work in optimal ways. Given economic realities for current graduates, the time to enhance career services is now!

Who will I be working with?

You will be working directly with Sheila J. Curran, a nationally recognized career expert, coauthor of Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to a Perfect Career, and former columnist at Business Week. Sheila has over 25 years experience in academia, with a strong background in organizational development. Prior to starting Curran Career Consulting in 2008, Sheila spent 12 years as career director of the Duke University and Brown University career centers.

What kind of work do you do?

Curran Career Consulting works with colleges and universities to enhance career services. Often, this involves conducting an external review of the Career Center, making recommendations that respond to institutional objectives. We pay particular attention to the effective use of technology, outsourcing and collaboration, and incorporate into our reports information on best practices from across the country.

Is the client typically the Career Center?

The forward-thinking Career Center will request an external review, and work with Curran Career Consulting to assess opportunities, construct a strategic plan, build organizational alliances, and implement changes. But, since graduate success is an important issue for the whole institution, the impetus for change and organizational effectiveness can come from anywhere. Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Deans, and Presidents are also frequent clients.

What do you do besides external reviews?

Sheila Curran is frequently asked to conduct organization-specific assignments, such as developing outcomes and metrics; coaching new or experienced career directors; conducting change management or other training sessions; and, guiding the implementation of recommendations. Other career-related or organizational assignments are welcome.

With what kinds of institutions do you work?

Curran Career Consulting has worked with many different types of institutions, both public and private. A list is available upon request. Prior to starting Curran Career Consulting, Sheila Curran spent twenty-five years in higher education, at Duke University, Brown University, Gallaudet University and the University of Michigan. Her organizational development responsibilities spanned all institutional areas from academic departments and administration, to libraries to student affairs.

How can I find out more information?

Contact Sheila Curran at 919 599 6207, or at, for a complimentary consultation about your needs.