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Upcoming Interview? Follow These Preparation Tips for Success!

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As summer is slowly drawing to an end, it is a great time to rekindle your attention to your professional growth and to identify ways to build your career development acumen. Effective Interviewing is a perennial and vital professional development topic for good reason.  First, the vast majority of us will rely on this skill to help us reach our goals at some point in our lives, and; Second, because with a little (or a lot) of preparation and practice, you can make the move from clueless to stellar interview candidate!  Here is how…


Finding Success in Your First 90 Days on the Job

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I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion on the ways to ensure success in the first weeks of a new job.   The panelists were members of F&M’s Leadership Council who provided a wealth of insightful advice and wisdom for graduates (and others) who may be in the midst of transitioning to a new professional role. 


Hitting a Brick Wall?

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“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

We have all been there…


10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Professional Development Today!

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It is National Career Development Month!  Positively impacting your own career growth and development doesn’t have to be an unmanageable commitment.  In fact, implementing bite-size professional development activities throughout your week and month can produce significant results...


Homecoming Weekend… Tips for Fostering Relationships and Making Connections!

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It is Homecoming Weekend!  With a packed schedule and so many friends and acquaintances to see, it can be challenging to fit everything in.  One of the coolest aspects of Homecoming is the opportunity to reconnect with people we haven’t seen in a while and to meet new alumni friends.  In my individual consulting work with alumni, connections with fellow alum are consistently at the top of professional development wish lists.  A deep and strong alumni network provides every alumnus/a with a resource for professional and career development exploration, at their fingertips. 


Avoiding the “G” word and other tips for preparing for life after F&M

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I recently had the privilege of listening in as two young alumni, Pharyl Weiner ’06 and Aamer Bajwa ’10, shared advice with graduating seniors about their own transitions from F&M to life after F&M.   The conversation was a way for soon-to-graduate seniors to learn from the experiences of alumni who have gone before them, about what it is really like to launch from F&M. 


The Articulation Problem

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In a recent presentation to Franklin & Marshall students, faculty, and professional staff, Phil Gardner, Ph.D., director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, showed the audience a hierarchy of the experiences that employers value and want young job applicants to have...


What Employers Are Saying

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This past week I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and meet with alumni and employers to develop partnerships beneficial to our students. Great information, suggestions and observations came out of my four days of meetings. This is what the employers are saying...


Awaken Your Inner Motivational Speaker

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Standing at the front of an audience-filled room with two minutes until I present the findings of my most recent research on how women leaders in higher education construct an active voice and lead for change, I am mildly nervous.  I am nervous because I hope to captivate and excite the audience and, following lunch with a keynote address can make that …even more of a challenge.  


In Defense of Higher Education

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“The American public and senior administrators at U.S. colleges and universities overwhelmingly agree that higher education is in crisis, according to a new poll, but they fundamentally disagree over how to fix it and even what the main purpose of higher education is.” So begins a recent article in Time’s aptly named series “Reinventing Higher Education” – a collection of pieces that encapsulates a recent consensus of the mainstream press and American public...