Jump Start

A newsletter for freshmen & sophomores from Cohen

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Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester from the Cohen Career Center!

The Jump Start your Career Readiness Newsletter will be coming to you once a month to help you filter through all that the Career Center has to offer. It will be short, sweet, and to the point with tips on how to take full advantage of our top online resources, teach you about Career Readiness, and highlight relevant programs. Our goal is to make sure you are aware of how, when, and why to take charge of your path by engaging early and often. I’m Kelly O’Shaughnessy, and I’ll be your guide through these newsletters.


So stay tuned for more from the best newsletter you never knew you needed!
Kelly O’Shaughnessy ‘05
Assistant Director of Freshmen & Sophomore Initiatives

Career Readiness Tip of the Month

What even is Career Readiness? Some have defined it as being equipped to make the move from student to employee. A lot goes into being confidently Career Ready, but it’s easier taking one step at a time. Tricky part is, there is no required order for these steps. Each month, we’ll take a look at different ways you can be building your Career Readiness. These will tie in with the Career Competency of the Month and the Career Readiness Punchcard Event of the Month.


As you get ready to join us in a few weeks, think about how you want to get involved on campus. You’ll hear from a lot of campus resources, as well as start checking out the clubs and organizations. Be open to new things, but don’t try to do them all at once. Allow yourself to explore. Along the way, these experiences will help you develop skills and, possibly, fine-tune your interests. Exploring careers based on your interests and skills is a great way to focus yourself and your career readiness.

Career Competency Of The Month

Each month, we’ll take a look at one of eight Career Competencies determined to be most highly sought by employers. You can learn more about these through mycareer.wm.edu>Major/Career Exploration.

Click here for a full list.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

  • Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.
  • Obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process.
  • May demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

You most likely already have experience with critical thinking and problem solving. Is this a skill you enjoy using? Have you considered exploring careers that involve this skill? Think about how you have you used this in classes, jobs, or clubs.

Considering thinking critically about how you want to get involved on campus this year. Maybe you want to try something new, or get more involved in something you've done before. Either way, reflect on how each experience can develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Tribe Careers Tip of the Month

TribeCareers is our main job, internship, and event-posting site for the Cohen Career Center. You can login using your WM username and password to access thousands of postings from employers seeking William & Mary students and alumni.

When you update your academic profile information, you can sign-up for industry specific news and updates. Depending on your career interests indicated in your academic profile of Tribe Careers, you'll receive regularly scheduled newsletters based on the over-arching industry. While there was a deadline in your Tribe Guide, you can change these industry interest areas as often as you want.

As a reminder, here's where to find it:

  1. Log in to Tribe Careers
  2. Click on My Account > Academic Profile > Scroll to the bottom to check your industry preferences
  3. Click on Documents > Approved > Add New

Career Readiness Punchcard Event of the Month

Wondering how to get started with the Career Center? Not sure what you can do to begin with your career readiness process? Do you want to know how you can be Career Ready? The Career Readiness Punchcard is a way you can keep track of your career-related experiences. Visit here to learn more about the list and how to update yours on TribeCareers.

Sophomores, you may have received one last year at the Career Center.

Freshmen, you’ll find one in your Orientation Backpack when you arrive to campus.

MACE: My Active Career Exploration Information Session

Are you interested in a program that will get you going on your Career Readiness Punchcard?

Check out (MACE)My Active Career Exploration!

  • Six-week program is offered every semester
  • Open to freshmen and sophomores
  • Most beneficial to students looking for assistance determining or confirming career options
  • Uses a series of self-assessments reflecting on interests, skills, values, and personality
  • Each week, you will learn a new way to gather information and research career options based on your assessment results
  • End of the program with a three-semester plan, setting goals for career-related experiences in the near future.

Fall 2017 Registration is OPEN -- MACE_F2017_Registration.

  • The section options and dates are as follows:
    • Tuesdays 9:30a.m.-10:45a.m. Sept. 19 – Oct. 31
    • Tuesday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Sept. 19 – Oct. 31
    • Wednesdays 10:00a.m.-11:15a.m. Sept. 20 – Oct. 25
  • Information Session Wednesday, Sept. 6 @ 5:00pm in the Cohen Atrium
  • Registration Closes: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Come talk with us!

Come into quick-advising hours and get your questions answered without making an appointment:

  • Monday - Thursday, 2-4pm