Career Conversations

Advice from the Cohen Career Center

Adventures in Career Development

Check out our W&M in the World series to learn more about the professional experiences of students and alumni. This month we will be highlighting Charlotte Bartter, a 2011 Environmental Science and Kinesiology W&M graduate. Watch as she shares her experience working at the Green Corps:

It's Never Too Early...

Even freshman and sophomores can (and should) take advantage of William & Mary's career services!

Confused about where to start in choosing a major or field?

FOCUS 2 is an all-encompassing, life-decision-making, personalize-able tool now available on the Career Center website! Setting up a free FOCUS 2 profile will give you access to:

  • personality and interest assessments
  • major and career recommendations tailored to your skills and goals
  • an easy way to research career opportunities

FOCUS 2 is available for William & Mary students at all stages of their academic careers. For more information and to get started at any time, visit

Other opportunities to use FOCUS 2

The Career Center Compass

A series of programs meant to kick-start your career exploration, the Career Center Compass will also use FOCUS 2 resources throughout the semester.

This Week's LInks and Tips

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If you're not already taking advantage of this online networking resource, you should be! Registering for a free profile gives you access to the world's most expansive professional network, including hundreds of William & Mary alumni. Connections made through LinkedIn could even help you land that job or internship!

Sign up here:

Hint: Visit the link below for our tutorial on how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile!

Etiquette Encouragement

Brush up on your manners to make a great first impression at your next interview or networking event!

The Importance of a Handwritten Note

Here's some advice from etiquette expert Diane Gottsman on writing the perfect thank-you letter after an interview:

"Yes, even today, a handwritten note is mandatory. Sending a thank you letter via email is fine when the decision must be made quickly, but always follow up with written correspondence. (A voice mail message doesn’t take the place of a written note, either.) Express your thanks for the interviewer's time and for the chance to learn more about the company. No need to go overboard and—please—do not send a gift or flowers after the interview (yes, it's been done)."

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September Events

Department of State Internship Information Session

Monday Sept 22nd: 5:00 - 6:00pm in Blow Hall Room 201

Deloitte Case Interview Workshop & Information Session

Tuesday Sept. 23rd: 5:00 - 8:00pm

Graduate & Professional School Fair

Thursday Sept. 25th: 1:00 - 4:00pm on the Sadler Center third floor

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