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Margaret Roberts

Director, Eberhardt Career Management Center 

EDUCATION: BA, Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

PAST EXPERIENCES: 10 years in staffing/recruiting with Remedy Staffing, Claria Corporation & Crescendo Venture Management; 10 years as freelance executive resume writer

Direct the Eberhardt Career Management Center to serve the career planning, development and professional preparation needs of BSBA and MBA students. Engage employers and alumni in the recruitment of students for careers across business disciplines through on and off-campus recruiting strategies including recruiting fairs and networking events. Work with employers to develop internships to provide students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities. Teach MBA and undergraduate sections of the school's required Career Development Seminar. Facilitate successful internship searches for the required MBA summer internship. Represent the ESB externally through active participation in industry associations and currently serving a 3-year term on the Board of the MBA Career Services Council, a global association of MBA career professionals and MBA recruiters. Currently serving as Pacific's Staff Advisory Council Chair for the 2011-12 year and on several University committees, including the President's Advisory Council and the Strategic Planning Committee. Participate as a non-voting member of the University's Career Services Advisory Board.

Staff Spotlight: Margaret Roberts

Featured in the Spring 2011 Strictly Business magaine:

Margaret Roberts joined the staff of the Eberhardt School in 2002, following a 10 year career in recruiting and sales. Originally hired as director of employer relations with a heavy focus on external outreach to attract employers to the campus, Margaret's role has grown to oversee all of the career programs, education, coaching and advising, and employer relations efforts for the school.

The most enjoyable aspect of the job for Margaret is that working in career management touches every stakeholder group of the school- students, faculty, fellow staff, alumni, and employers. Preparing students to be successful in their careers requires engagement with all of these stakeholders to varying degrees, and being a conduit to connecting these layers creates the complexity and variety that Margaret enjoys in her professional work. Operating as a fairly lean staff within the school also creates opportunities for Margaret to support initiatives beyond the scope of career services including MBA recruiting efforts. Margaret is always first to volunteer to visit UC Santa Barbara (her alma mater) to promote the MBA program.

One of the most challenging tasks is delivering tough employer feedback to a student who needs more polish before they can succeed in the interview process. Yet this also creates opportunities to engage a student one-on-one and offer the individual attention that attracts students to Pacific. Having herself been the product of a large UC institution, the student-centered climate at the Eberhardt School and Pacific are a wonderful atmosphere to work in and promote daily.

Margaret also serves her fellow Pacific staff as an elected representative of the Staff Advisory Council and is a member of the executive board as chair elect for 2010-11. In 2009 the SAC appointed Margaret to serve as the staff representative on the recent Provost Search Committee. Beyond the campus Margaret is co-chair of the 2011 MBA Career Services Council annual conference.

When not cheering on her favorite Tiger team, women's softball, Margaret and her husband are cheering on their teen daughters who play softball on a competitive travel team and for Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.