Dana Hebreard

Director, Career Services

Dana Hebreard

Dana was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent her childhood years in big cities including Chicago and Miami. She completed her undergraduate degrees in journalism and communications at Indiana University Bloomington. Through campus involvement, she found her passion for student development and completed her masters in college student affairs and leadership at Loyola University Chicago. She came to Grand Rapids in the late 90s to serve as the director of student activities at Aquinas College.

A lifelong learner, she continued her education at Western Michigan University earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2011. Most recently, she was a career counselor and director of academic advising at another local institution. She teaches a Career Development class designed for upper-class students and also advises both students and alumni on resumes, cover letter writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, and other areas related to career exploration and development. Dana also works with individual employers and a number of college consortiums, to develop recruitment strategies and to help broaden the scope of employment opportunities for Aquinas students.  She is an active member of the advising communities in the National Association of Academic Advising and also attends NACE and AHRM events to continuous learn how to better serve AQ students.

Dana is thrilled to return “home” to Aquinas College in the Advantage Center. She and her partner, Michael, have three active boys. One of them is an AQ Saint!

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How to Make Career Decision: Flip the Script

Three of the most important decisions young adults will make involve their major, their college, and their career. How should students make those decisions and, more importantly, in what order? Some students may pick the college they’d like to attend …

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What Education Can Learn From Uber? Technology

Technology gives our generation the opportunity to revolutionize industries. Ridesharing apps such as Uber became the future of public transportation. So what can the education industry learn from Uber?

Disruption and evolution best describe the future state of education in …

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As is true for so many, the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic marked a huge change in my day-to-day life: My tiny 400-square-foot apartment, which had just enough room for a loveseat, a small table, and a folding chair‚ suddenly …

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COVID-19 Reduces In-Person Site Visits for Resident Physicians

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In December 2019, a prominent physician recruiting firm reported on final-year residents’ employment opportunities. The survey administered showed that 66% of residents in their last year of training received 51 or more potential …

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What Interviewers Really Want to Hear When They Ask “What Can You Bring to the Company?”

“What can you bring to the company?” is an interview question that cuts to the core of what you’re doing in any job interview. The goal is simple: convince your interviewer that they want you to work there. And why …

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A Learning Environment | Implementing Universal Design Learning at Work

If you work in education, you are likely already aware of universal design learning (UDL), a framework that is integral in the creation of inclusive classrooms. Rooted in learning science, UDL is about providing multiple entry points for people to …

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No, Analytical Skills Aren’t Just for Analysts—Here’s How to Show Yours Off in a Job Search

You know that your skills are important when you’re looking for a job. You know you need some combination of hard skills and soft skills, and likely some technical skills as well. But when you hear the phrase “analytical skills,” …

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Should You Go to Grad School? 5 Things to Consider in the COVID Era

During times of economic weakness or uncertainty, many graduate programs see their applications swell. There are already signs that the economic strain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will drive the same kind of increased interest in graduate school.

While …

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How to End Any Professional Email (Plus a List of Sign-Offs for When You’re Tired of Saying “Best”)

Do you have that professional email mostly written, but you’re not quite sure how to wrap it up? Or do you feel like you’re defaulting to the same email closings every time and want some alternatives? Sure, if you’re emailing …

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A Year of Growth | Celebrating What You Achieved in 2020

Happy new year, dear readers! It’s safe to say that 2020 was a challenging year for just about everyone, both professionally and personally. And now that we’re safely into 2021, it might be easy to live under the philosophy of …

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