Center for Career Development in the School of Engineering
John Bau has been working with individuals at crossroads in their professional development for more than 20 years. Presently, he is the first-ever Career Consultant from the Center for Career Development at the University of Connecticut to be embedded within the School of Engineering. He serves the school’s 4200+ undergraduate and graduate students preparing for life after college. An expert in personal branding and networking, John has long been an advocate of leveraging relationships for the job search. John is the former Connecticut State Director of the New England Association for Cooperative Education and Field Experience (NEACEFE) and he has presented on multiple engineering career topics at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (ASEE CIEC), where he was named “Best New Presenter” in 2015. Prior to joining UConn in 2013, John worked in Yale University’s Undergraduate Career Services as the primary career advisor for students in STEM disciplines, engaging employers at every level with the goal of enhancing experiential education opportunities for his students. He oversaw a variety of bespoke internship programs for Yale students, coordinating with alumni from across the country and even the from around the globe. Previously, John developed a college recruiting program for a New Haven, CT-based biotech company, and also spent several years as a headhunter in engineering, design, manufacturing, and business. His first “real” job was in admissions at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also earned a master’s degree in communication and rhetoric. John holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus in public relations from James Madison University in Virginia where he learned – first and foremost – that he belongs on a college campus.