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Fulfilling and Impactful Lives

A warm Williams welcome and welcome back! At the ’68 Center, we are focused on our core commitment to ensure that all students are supported at the ’68 Center, as reflected in the debut of our new missionPrepare Williams students to explore and pursue their goals through comprehensive, individualized career education. We encourage all students, regardless of background or means, to discover their interests, skills, and values so they can lead fulfilling and impactful lives. 

To better prepare our students this year we are launching our new virtual Industry Meetups, including a partnership with Amherst College for a Diversity Career Day. In addition, we are introducing EphLink Projects initiative, virtual Job Shadowing, new alumni speakers for our How'd You Get There? series, Career Preparation Essentials Library, and virtual Career Treks. All of these programs provide a path for students to explore their options, make connections, and pursue internships in preparation for life after Williams.

This summer we learned that despite the challenges of our time, we are united in seeing a future where Williams graduates play a societal-sized role in creating solutions to complex issues. Never has the work of the ’68 Center felt more relevant, or more in demand as a means of amplifying student success. Our advising appointments doubled this summer, the 2020 Alumni Sponsored Internship Program supported more students than ever, and we launched the first-ever Williams Entrepreneurship Institute. Students, get started today by looking at our list of Handshake Events, making new alumni connections via EphLink, or scheduling an advising appointment with any of our Career Community Advisors or Peer Advisors

Here's wishing all Ephs a safe and healthy semester, and fulfilling and impactful lives! 
- Don Kjelleren, Director of the ’68 Center for Career Exploration
We have many exciting new events and programs coming your way this fall! For a full list of upcoming employer events, please visit the Handshake Event Calendar.
Students, if you missed an event or weren't able to make it, we are uploading all recorded sessions that were approved to share here for you to view.

Arts, Communications & Technology Meetup
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET Virtual in Handshake
This industry focused meetup replaces the annual Fall Job and Internship Fair. It is a customized opportunity to learn more about the specific industries of Arts, Communications, & Technology and their recruiting timelines. You will be able to schedule 1-on-1 video chats with employer representatives as well as attend Group Information Sessions! Register here today. 

How to Navigate a Diversity Career Day Meetup
Wednesday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Diversity Career Day (Planned by Williams & Amherst Colleges)
Thursday, October 21st
The meetup is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET; we
currently have 39 employers registered and the numbers are increasing each day!
We will also be hosting an alumni panel, more   details and registration information coming soon!

Career Preparation Essentials
These "essentials" led by our staff and peer advisors teach students the skills needed to begin career exploration and cultivate opportunities. We're launching this semester with four essentials:
1. How to Reach Out and Talk to Alumni
    Tuesday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. ET
2. Making Your First College Resume
    Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. ET
3. Career Wanderings: Imagining Possible Futures
    Tuesday, October 20th at 5:00 p.m. ET
4. Salary Negotiation
    Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. ET

QQs are back but virtually! Do you have a question that you'd like to quickly ask an advisor? If so, drop in to our QQs hours to have an advisor answer them. No appointment is needed and each session will be 15-minutes. QQs are being held Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. Within each event in Handshake, you will find all of the necessary information to join via Zoom. As a reminder, when you join the QQs Zoom Meeting, you will enter a waiting room. Have your questions ready, we are here to help! 

September's QQs
October's QQs

Now LIVE... Virtual Project Work and Alumni-hosted Opportunities on EphLink.

We've now made it easy for you to explore virtual short term project-based opportunities as well as internships or jobs posted by Williams alumni.

So... what are projects? Projects can include anything from market research to social media plan development. These short-term commitments give you the opportunity to work with and learn from experienced professionals. Meanwhile, organizations gain valuable support and a fresh perspective from you. Below are a few examples. Go here to start exploring!

image of ephlink project options
Full Library of Career Preparation Essentials for students and alumni. Watch these videos to learn the "essentials" for career exploration, from discovering your skills, interests, and values to making your "elevator pitch" and interviewing (virtually!).
Resume and Interview Guides - These guides were curated to assist you in crafting your resume and ways to prepare yourself for an interview. Both guides were designed by Virgina Ontiveros ’22. We also have new industry based resume examples included on this page of our website.
video to show in Handshake how to view Williams specific employer info sessions
Read all the exciting things that have happened or will be happening in each career community. A reminder that all of our events are being held virtually.

For more details on the Arts, Communications, & Technology Meetup look under "Upcoming Virtual Events". Exciting things happening in this space.
How'd You Get There: What is Digital Humanities? Exploration with Beth Fischer ’05
Tuesday, September 29th at 12:00 p.m. ET

Peer Tech Panel... Landing a Tech Internship!
Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. ET

How'd You Get There? with Brandt Johnson ’87,
Co-founder of Syntaxis, Digital Communications. 
Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. ET
(Details coming soon in Handshake!)

How'd You Get There? with Danny L. Huang ’11, Cyber Security and Privacy of Consumer Technologies (in collaboration with Career with Social Impact) - Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. ET

WorkInSports - Sports Career GamePlan: If you want to work in the sports industry, this interactive program (online course) will be instrumental in preparing you for this dynmaic industry! 

Peer2Peer: Creative Careers with Alejandro Flores Monge ’21, ’68 Center Peer Advisor for Arts & Communications - Date and time TBD
Details and registration information coming soon!


Join us for our How'd You Get There? The Business Edition alumni speaker series. Williams Alumni will share their career journeys and speak about internship and job opportunities in their industries. 

HYGT? with Krys Duffus ’10, HR Manager, General Mills Tuesday, September 29th at 4:00 p.m. ET

HYGT? with Mary Kipp ’99, CEO of Puget Sound Energy - Tuesday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m. ET

HYGT? with Rene Hamilton ’04, Commercial Real Estate, Managing Director at HelmsleySpear
Tuesday, October 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET

HYGT? with Jay Habib ’18, Business Analytics & Intelligence Analyst with the New York Mets
Tuesday, October 20th at 4:00 p.m. ET
HYGT? with Arsema Abegaz ’14, Strategy & Operations Analyst at HubSpot
Tuesday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m. ET

Create a Change Challenge 2020: Racial Justice and Social Impact Initiative Info Sessions:
Wednesday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. ET
Friday, October 2nd at 4:00 p.m. ET

How'd You Get There? with Kent Whitehead ’89, Regional Director of Land Protection for the Trust for Public Land - Thursday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m. ET

How'd You Get There? with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad ’95, Chief of Race, Wealth and Community at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition - Monday, October 12th at 4:00 p.m. ET

How'd You Get There? with Betsy Santalasci ’83, formerly Betsy Stanton, Director of Advancement at the Daily Table, Tuesday, October 13th at 4:00 p.m. ET

University of Chicago Law School Admissions Webinar - Thursday, October 15th at 6:00 p.m. ET

How'd You Get There? with Tim Ross ’87, Ph.D. Managing Partner of Action Research
Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. ET

The Class of 1971 Attorneys Forum
Friday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m. ET 
Details and registration information coming soon!

The Program in Teaching continues to hold virtual Teching Lunches this semester. Look for announcements in Daily Messages! 

How'd You Get There? with L
ynette Guastaferro ’92, CEO of Teaching Matters
Monday, October 19th - Time TBD
Details and registration information coming soon! 

Class of 1971 Education Career Panel
Friday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m. ET

Details and registration information coming soon!

Highlighting Alumni Educators:

Alumni Career Commentary. "Schooled: What Community College Taught Me About My Education" by Lisken Van Pelt Dus ’84

Podcast interview with teacher Jah-Yee Woo ’98 "As teachers return to the classroom (in-person or virtually), Oakland educator Jah-Yee Woo ’98 shares her path to becoming a teacher, empowering youth voices around civic engagement, and the opportunity to change public education in this podcast."

To all the alumni teachers and educators, whether you are teaching remotely or in-person, we are thinking of you and wishing you the best for the start of an extraordinary school year!

Williams Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship:
This summer saw the pilot of the first Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship at Williams.  Over 70 students participated by working in teams on student-initiate venture ideas.  Teams received training on the Business Model Canvas, Agile project management (using the Asana platform), Design Thinking and Networking while they worked on their ideas.  Two teams went on to win money at a local Entrepreneurship Challenge and all teams presented at the end of the summer Demo Day.

Pre-Health Student Orientation
Wednesday, September 30th at 12:00 p.m. ET

The Road Less Travelled, One Alum's Path From Williams to a Conservation Non-Profit: How'd You Get There? with Garry Sanders ’02
Wednesday, October 14th at 12:00 p.m. ET

St. George's University Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Information Session
Wednesday, October 28th at 12:00 p.m. ET

Class of 1971 Healthcare Panel

Friday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m. ET
More details to come soon! 

The Science and Health Professions team has an exciting semester planned! Please stay tuned as details will be released soon. 

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