A note from Don Kjelleren, Career Center Director

Welcome to the Williams Career Center’s inaugural Newsletter!

The semester is well underway, and the Career Center is in full gear. We offer a splendid array of opportunities for career exploration at Williams, and we hope students will take full advantage of them.

Our first issue opens with an invitation to the Fall Open House this Thursday, October 27th. We also recap our signature and newly-created autumn events: the Job and Internship Fair, the launch of Careers with Social Impact (CSI henceforth), and our First-Years initiative. It has been an incredibly stimulating semester, and we are only just beginning. In upcoming issues, you can expect a deeper dive into stories about our Williams students’ successes, events sponsored by the Center, and Career Community initiatives. We couldn’t be more excited!

Personally, it has been an extraordinary privilege and pleasure to work with the Williams community for the past 9 months. I can’t wait for the next!

Thanks for reading,
Don

Career Center Fall Open House!
Thursday, October 27th, Mears House, 12:30 – 4pm

Enjoy cider donuts and other tasty treats while you learn about the resources we have to offer. The afternoon will feature specialized sessions to help you explore career areas specific to your interests, and career search strategy seminars. Learn more about the event and schedule here.

2016 Job & Internship Fair

With over 400 students meeting with reps from over 60 employers, the 2016 Job & Internship Fair was a roaring success. Big thanks to the recruiting team led by Kristen McCormack, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and our JIF planning guru. Moving to a one-day event allowed students to explore opportunities from business and non-profit employers in a single visit. A change of venue to Chandler Gym gave everyone more elbow room and allowed space for a LinkedIn photo booth and an advisor area. Employers were raving about their potential candidates, and students came away with contacts, experience talking with employers, and quality photos for their LinkedIn pages thanks to the Williams Photography Club.

The Job & Internship Fair was THE place to be on Sept 23rd.

Announcing the Launch of CSI

Under the direction of Michelle Shaw ’95, Associate Director/Pre-Law Advisor, Careers with Social Impact (CSI) was officially and successfully launched on September 25th. Born out of student demand for options in the non-profit world, we welcomed five alums who are doing great things for the common good. Margaret Coady ’95, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad ’95, Julia Chabrier ’06, Erin Brown ’08, and Emily Flynn Pesquera ’09 led a panel before nearly 50 students waiting to hear the answer to the question: How’d you get there?! The lively discussion and answers provided gave students a roadmap to follow in getting started with non-profit and social impact careers.

One of the many great pieces of advice given by the panelists is that networking is an opportunity to develop a lasting and meaningful relationship, rather than a “one-and-done” action. Connect with Michelle to set your networking plan in motion.

A full house at the CSI Launch in Dodd House on September 24th.

First-Years News

We leave you with an upbeat note from Mike O’Connor, Associate Director/Director of the Career Discovery Program…”Congratulations to the Class of 2020, who have been utilizing the Career Center at unprecedented levels! Nearly 80% of the class has met with a counselor already, which is truly impressive. Personally, I’ve been pleased with the number of students whom have already drafted college-appropriate resumes, as this leaves them better prepared to compete for summer job and internship opportunities. Well done, first-years!”

A first-year student using our new online check-in system.
We hope you enjoyed our first issue and want to stay tuned for more, but if not, no hard feelings…you may unsubscribe at any time. Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you think would be interested (you can also sign-up through our web page at http://careers.williams.edu/).

Looking forward to next month…a recap of our Open House, Winter Study news, and a spotlight on advertising & marketing with Leigh Sylvia, Assistant Director for Communication, Arts & Technology.

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