Serena Eddy Guiles, the new director of career and personal development at GMC, loves to help students discover their passions and develop skills they never knew they had.
“The vast majority of us had no clear idea what we wanted to do for a career when we were in college—myself included,” she said. “The good news is, we’re reinventing ourselves all the time. Deciding what to do is a lifelong process.”
Serena brings a broad range of skills and interests to her new job. Educated at Harvard/Radcliffe College, she most recently served as program coordinator for RSVP and the Volunteer Center of the United Way in her native Middlebury, Vt. She also served as assistant director of career services at Harvard Law School and associate director of career services at Boston College Law School.
Since 2007 she’s been an active volunteer for the Middlebury Community Players as an actor and music director, and is assistant director of the Maiden Vermont Chorus. An elite athlete, she was a member of the U.S National Rowing Team, earning a 5th place in quadruple sculls in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games and competing in numerous world championships.
“I think the liberal arts education is a great background for any pursuit because you learn how to think, to write, to speak, to problem-solve. If you can acquire those skills, you can do anything,” she said.
Serena’s office is located in the CAT Center in Withey Hall.