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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Making the Most of Winter Break

Making the Most of Winter Break
The holidays are a great time for your student to recharge after finals; however, it can also be a great time to begin to look into summer internships or job […]

Understanding Recruiting Cycles

Understanding Recruiting Cycles
To effectively plan one's internship or full-time job search, it is important to know when specific industries tend to recruit more heavily than other times of the year.

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!

Helping Your Student Learn How to Network

Helping Your Student Learn How to Network
Studies have found nearly 75% of jobs are secured through networking, and we’ve found when parents and family open up their network to their student, it can go a long […]

Thanks for reading my blog

Thanks for reading my blog
Welcome! Throughout my blog posts, I hope to answer frequently asked questions, shed light on the reality of recruiting, and in any way possible, help your Washington University students succeed […]