Caren Sobier Assistant Director of Student Employment Office: Career Services Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2006
For the 653 students working on NYIT's New York campuses, Caren Sobier is the go-to person for their training and professional development. The assistant director of student employment has pursued a career in higher education since her days as a work study student at La Roche College in Pittsburgh.
"I have experiences every day that I learn from," Sobier says. "It's nice to see students grow and develop on campus and to feel like I had something to do with it."
Since arriving at NYIT, Sobier has implemented an online time sheet system and an on-campus job lottery for international students, whose Visas often restrict them from paid work.
"The lottery has taken off," she says. "We have increased jobs for international students on campus tremendously in the past few years."
Sobier has crisscrossed the United States to represent NYIT as a member of the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA), attending conferences in Seattle and Williamsburg, Va., where she won an award for best presenter. In 2011, she was named the national organization's Robert Gallione Jr. District Representative of the Year.
Her flair for public speaking has led to more opportunities. In March, Sobier completed a NEASEA training workshop in Austin, Texas, which covered legal issues, professional development, and federal government regulations for student employment. She will apply what she learned to lead another training workshop in June at NYIT-Manhattan.
In addition, Sobier will receive a master's degree in human resources and labor relations at commencement in May. She is a member of NYIT's Society for Human Resources Management and serves as the chapter's director of merit awards.
"The support I've found at NYIT has enabled me to build my professional development," she says. "Meeting student employment professionals from around the country has been a great way to share ideas and learn of new ways to help the students we serve."