This is a particularly busy time of year at Whitman. Students are preparing Capstone presentations, finishing up projects, studying for exams and finalizing plans for making their way home for the holidays and a much-needed break. You likely remember the anxiety—and then exhilaration—you felt as a Whitman student in December! Faculty and staff are also entrenched in efforts to wrap up one semester while planning for the next. The hustle and bustle is no exception for me.
For those of you who haven’t yet heard, I am currently serving as the interim executive director of career services for Whitman in addition to my permanent role in alumni and corporate relations. Although this was unexpected, I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with the talented team in the career center. Long term, I am confident that our corporate relations will be even stronger as we collaborate to strengthen and expand our reach and partnerships.
In my interim role, I have already enjoyed welcoming many alumni to Career Madness on December 2. It was a wonderful opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to hear from alumni, faculty and staff about the various career opportunities within each Whitman major. Over 300 students networked with our alumni during breakfast, lunch and during break-out sessions. I hope to see many more of you at the Whitman Spring Career Fair on January 31. If you/your company hasn’t registered and/or would like additional information, you can find it here.
I am happy to report that our placement numbers at Whitman are even stronger than last year at this time, and we hope the numbers will continue to rise. One way we plan to facilitate that growth is a one-semester mentorship program for our seniors who need extra guidance and support in securing a full-time position. Our traditional, year-long mentorship program is strong, with more than 200 student/alumni pairings. It seemed natural to extend the program in this way to benefit our upcoming graduates who have yet to accept a position. If you’ve considered mentoring or enjoy mentoring and are willing to work with a mentee for the spring 2017 semester only, please complete this survey as soon as possible. Thank you for your support of Whitman students.
Alumni play many critical roles in helping Whitman achieve placement success, such as mentoring, hosting students for career exploration experiences and providing internships and full-time placement. I ask that you please keep our undergraduate and graduate students in mind when opportunities arise within your company. Also, please let me know if you’ll be on campus. It’s such a joy meeting our alumni on their former stomping grounds.
Finally, we are currently recruiting for the position of Assistant Dean for Career Services for the Whitman School of Management. If you know someone who has extensive experience in corporate recruiting, management and/or career services in higher education, please direct him/her to the position description or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
I hope you enjoy a happy and peaceful holiday season!
Executive Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations
Interim Executive Director of Career Services
- Dear Whitman Alumni: Farewell Message from Cindie Adams - August 17, 2017
- Dear Whitman Alumni: July Message from Cindie Adams - July 12, 2017
- Dear Whitman Alumni: June Message from Cindie Adams - June 4, 2017