For the love of the job

By Jessica Marrella
April 1, 2004

Mark Garlit

An hour commute to work might bother some people, but not Jenine Picini, the new assistant director of Cooperative Education and Career Services. She drives one hour everyday from southern New Jersey to Cabrini in order to offer students opportunities that she didn’t have in college. Picini said, “When you love your job, you don’t mind the drive.”

Picini learned about Cabrini while she was doing an internship at Rowan University. Her internship supervisor received an e-mail from Nancy Hutchinson who was looking for an assistant director. Picini started working at Cabrini this past September.

Picini’s position involves her working closely with Nancy Hutchinson to help students plan for their future. A lot of graduating seniors go to the office to get help with writing their resumes. Students can also go to the office to find out what is available to them within their major and to find internship and co-op opportunities.

Picini is enthusiastic about the co-op program that is offered. She hopes that students take advantage of the program because not only can you get credit and experience in your field but some co-op positions pay.

Her favorite part of the job is the students. She feels that she can easily relate to them because she is young. In fact, she has often times been mistaken for a student herself. She also vividly remembers what it is like to be a college student. She knows how it feels to be without direction as far as career plans. She wants students to “use the office and let us help you.”

Picini attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree and West Chester University for her master degree in higher education counseling.

Outside of work, Picini spends a lot of time with her family, friends and boyfriend. Her little pride and joy is her three-year-old nephew who she proudly shows off in a picture displayed on her desk. Picini also makes it a point to get together at least once a year with friends from college for an international dinner. Her and her seven friends are all from different backgrounds. For the past three years they have gathered together and brought food representing their background.

Posted to the WebBy: Mark Garlit

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