About this Blog

Mark SmithWith the ever-changing tides of technology trends, skill-level standards, and employer preferences, the rules of the job search have changed. As Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Washington University Career Center and a parent, I constantly work at keeping up-to-date on “the latest.”

To that end, I offer you a blog aware of recruiting trends, jobs, and how to explore one’s career path effectively. Between you and me, the journey towards landing that internship, post-graduate job, or graduate school acceptance letter, is one best approached early and openly. And we’re here every step of the way.

Events Your Student Won’t Want to Miss

Events Your Student Won’t Want to Miss
On-Campus Recruiting kicks off next week in a big way. Make sure your student is aware of and prepares for these signature events happening next week!

St. Louis Recommendations for Family Dinner and Entertainment

St. Louis Recommendations for Family Dinner and Entertainment
Bringing your student to campus is an exciting time. While you’re in St. Louis, you may need a recommendation for a restaurant or family activity. Here are a few of my favorite places, all within walking or 10-20 minute driving distance. Dining Options $15+ Bar Les Freres (French) 7637 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105314-725-8880This will […]

3 Steps to Volunteering at a Local Organization or Shadowing a Professional

3 Steps to Volunteering at a Local Organization or Shadowing a Professional
Volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in a career of interest is a great way for students to gain additional value from a summer. Such endeavors will allow students to learn more about potential fields of interest, help their communities through volunteerism, and increase the size of their professional networks. Here are […]

3 Steps to Start an Independent Project this Summer

3 Steps to Start an Independent Project this Summer
Developing an independent project is a great way for students to maximize their time away from school while pursuing their unique interests. Whether students are spending their time working in a lab, volunteering at a non-profit, or taking classes near home, independent research projects can be a way for students to integrate their knowledge, experience, […]

10 Tips for Young Professionals to Stay Productive this Summer

10 Tips for Young Professionals to Stay Productive this Summer
Whether your student is studying abroad this summer, working at a summer internship, or still unsure of what may come, they can still be improving professionally in order to be a competitive applicant for their next summer position or post-graduate job. Summer is the best time to step back from academic work and focus wholeheartedly […]

9 of the Best Ways for Pre-medical Students to Spend Their Summers

9 of the Best Ways for Pre-medical Students to Spend Their Summers
While there are many enriching, engaging and relevant activities in which pre-medical students can spend their extracurricular time during the school year, the summers are also a terrific time for robust career exploration that can benefit patients, your community, and you, as a future applicant to professional schools. In the past, it was commonplace to […]

Fail Better

Fail Better
“Fail Better” spotlights Washington University in St. Louis students, faculty and staff who have “failed.”

Top 4 Things Your Student Should Do Over Break

Top 4 Things Your Student Should Do Over Break
The holidays are a great time for your student to recharge. It can also be a great time to begin looking ahead to summer and post-graduate opportunities. Consider this list of four things your student can do to make the most of his or her winter break.

Find Your Tribe – Part 4

Find Your Tribe – Part 4
Career Center Associate Vice Chancellor & Director Mark Smith continues his networking series with who to network with.

Find Your Tribe – Part 3

Find Your Tribe – Part 3
Associate Vice Chancellor & Director Mark Smith continues his networking series with who to network with.