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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...


Unanticipated Time to Reflect Thanks to Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy did a lot more than flood roads, close workplaces and cancel classes.  She forced many of us to stay indoors, derailing our normal life routines.  In my case, this meant my husband and me keeping our three children busy with craft projects, board games and, pending power loss, an array of Disney movies while keeping in our thoughts those whose lives were being devastated by the storm.


The Move from Networking to Advocacy

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Imagine having a robust and dynamic network of people in your corner.  Each member of this professional network interacts frequently and stays connected over time.  When something new or interesting is going on in your career field, the network spreads the news, and, when facing a professional challenge, members of the network brainstorm strategies.