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.

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“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.

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 […]

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.

Find Your Tribe – Part 2

Find Your Tribe – Part 2
Associate Vice Chancellor & Director Mark Smith continues his networking series with who to network with.

Find Your Tribe – Part 1

Find Your Tribe – Part 1
Career Center Associate Vice Chancellor & Director Mark Smith explains why networking is important and why people want to help you.

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Internship

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Internship
While landing a summer opportunity is an accomplishment in itself, it is just the beginning. Make sure your student does his or her homework and is prepared for the internship start-day by following these 5 tips.

Tips for Young Professionals to Stay Productive this Summer

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, she or he 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 […]

Quick Summer Career Tips for Students

Quick Summer Career Tips for Students
Here are a few career-related tips and reminders for students interested in making some career headway in the coming months: Remember: there's still time to find a great opportunity. 
Once students get past the stress of midterms and papers, they still have time to find a summer internship or post-graduate position. Many organizations hire in […]