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Feb 1, 2016
Goucher CDO
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Career Week 2016

Looking for a job or internship? Trying to connect with alumnae/i? Want to explore your purpose? Career Week is your answer! The Career Development Office is excited to work with students and alumnae/i throughout events from February 15-19. All of these events are meant to help students and alumnae/i prepare for their immediate career needs, as well as life after Goucher. So take a look at the schedule, register for events, and mark your calendars. We’re ready to work hard and prepare you for what’s ahead, are you ready?

Monday, February 15

3:30-4:30pm- Batza Room- 7 Strange Questions: Figure Out Your Life’s Purpose

4:30-5:30pm-Batza Room- Your Personal Brand: Stand Out to Employers

  • Do you have a resume already? Bring it to this presentation, resume critiques will be provided at the end.

Tuesday, February 16

3:30-4:30pm- Batza Room- Inside the Search: Top Job Search Strategies

4:30-5:30pm-Batza Room- Impress Employers: The Art of the Interview

Wednesday, February 17

1:30-3:30pm-ACE- Welcoming Uncertainty: A Wholehearted Approach to Your Job Search

3:30-4:30pm- Hyman Forum- Dress to Impress: Student Fashion Show

Thursday, February 18

10am-2pm- Julia Rogers- Practice Makes Perfect: Mock Interviews with Goucher Alumnae/i

5-6:30pm-Buchner Hall- Grow Your Network: Speed Networking with Goucher Alums

Friday, February 19

10am-2pm- Loyola University Maryland, Reitz Arena- Maryland Career Consortium Career Fair

  • Click here for more information and to see a list of employers attending.
  • Need a ride to the fair? Goucher will be running a shuttle at 9:30am and 12pm. Registration is required!
  • Not certain the shuttle times work for you? The Collegetown shuttle will take you to the fair as well!

All Week

Show us your best work, internship, and interview attire! Submit your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @CDOGoucher and using #GCDressforSuccess. Photos submitted will be entered to win $50 Macy’s gift card!

Oct 23, 2015
Goucher CDO
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Grad School 101 Next Week! 10/26-10/28

Have you checked out the events for Grad School 101 next week? Don’t forget to register for select events! Click on the tab above for “Grad School 101” for the full list of events.


Oct 16, 2015
Goucher CDO
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Grad School 101- October 26-28, 2015

Join the Career Development Office October 26-28, 2015 for a variety of events designed to help you prepare for graduate school. From GRE Prep to hearing from experts in the field, there’s an event for anyone considering graduate school as an option after college. We’re especially excited about inviting back so many alumni to participate in events throughout the week. Make sure to check out Stand Out Above the Rest if you want to meet with alums studying in a variety of fields. Registration is required for some events, but all are welcome to attend.

Write Your Story, 10/26, 4:30pm & 5:30pm, Ath 111
The Writing Center and the CDO will give you the tools   needed to write your best personal statement. Have your personal statement reviewed at 5:30pm.

GRE Prep, 10/27, 5pm, Ath 111
Presented by Kaplan– learn about the GRE and tactics to help you ace it!

Coffee Chat: Pre-Law, 10/27, 6pm, CDO (VM117)
Meet with Steve Batoff of Batoff Associates to learn about various areas of law and applying to law school.

Psych Panel, 10/27, 7pm, Kelly Lecture Hall
Hear about local psych grad programs from Goucher alums.

The Right Fit, 10/28, 4:30pm, JR128
Choosing the right graduate school can be difficult. Learn how to approach the process from Brenda Grove, Director of College Outreach at Villanova University.

Stand Out Above the Rest, 10/28, 5:30pm, Buchner
Learn how to be a more competitive graduate school applicant from a panel of graduate school admissions counselors and Goucher alums who have or are currently attending graduate school.


Oct 31, 2014
Goucher CDO
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CDO On the Go!

“I’ve been meaning to make an appointment, but I forget to call when you’re office is open.”

“Can you help me locate an internship?”

“What is the process to apply for academic credit?”

“Dorsey is so far away!”


At the Career Development Office, we’ve heard you. What is our answer to these questions and remarks? CDO ON THE GO! We are excited to launch this new initiative starting November 4th. Stop by and ask us your CDO questions. Let our Peer Career Advisors help you get on the right track for your job or internship search, learn about our services, discover options for your career path, and much more.

Check out our website for hours and locations

Sep 11, 2014
Goucher CDO
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The CDO is on Instragram!

The CDO is now in Instagram! Follow us to keep up with CDO events, tips, and more!


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Aug 25, 2014
Goucher CDO
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Welcome Back!!!

We hope that all of you had a wonderful summer and that we will see you in the office soon!

Make sure you comment below by September 12th about the career related experiences you’re excited about this year! Once you comment, you’ll be entered to win prizes from the CDO. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to enter.


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Jun 1, 2014
Peer Career Advisors
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Spotlight: Art Majors

Are you afraid of becoming a struggling and starving artist? Are you filled with creative passion and ideas but have no idea where you want that energy to take you? What exactly can you do with an art major? Surprisingly enough, the stereotype is worse than the reality. There are plenty of interesting and exciting jobs that art majors can get involved with. According to, the arts and culture industry creates about 5.7 million full-time jobs per year!

Jobs/Industries Include:

  • Conservation
  • Book Design
  • Art Law
  • Advertising
  • Medical Illustration
  • Curating/Art History
  • Education

Two women interviewed by say that being an art major forces you to develop self-discipline and a strong work ethic. With an art major you learn various social skills, the vulnerability of showcasing your own talents, motivation, experience with failure, and much more. All of these skills should be highlighted in potential resumes, cover letters, and interviews!

Listed below are some profiles of students who have graduated with art majors and share their various experience and expertise, courtesy of


Matthew Kilareski

Exhibit Designer, Hands-on House; Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, industrial design; Rhode Island School of Design

Kilareski wanted to design toys, so he wrote to 10 toy companies and asked what college major would lead to his dream job. About half wrote back, suggesting industrial design. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Kilareski decided to use his major for a different purpose. Upon graduation, he worked for a company that designed children’s furniture, made technical drawings, and designed industrial products. Now he is responsible for designing and maintaining exhibits at a children’s museum in Pennsylvania. One includes a make-believe corn field where kids pick plastic corn covered with husks Kilareski sewed on. He also found foam that could be cut into parts for kids to assemble toy airplanes. “You have to think like a kid, so you have to think of how a kid’s going to interact with something,” he says.


Durell Comedy

Dancer, Limón Dance Company; New York, New York

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, dance performance; George Mason University

“My mom says I came out of the womb dancing,” Comedy says. Now he’s making a living with the company named after modern dance pioneer José Limón. While working on his dance performance degree, he learned about choreography, rhythm, the history of dance, different styles of dance, and how bones and muscles move. With Limón, Comedy has performed in Italy and China. The company also performs shows in New York City and teaches schoolchildren about dance. Most days start with warm-ups, followed by rehearsals for upcoming shows or learning new or reworked routines. Besides providing an outlet to do what he loves, Comedy says his work with Limón helps him develop as a performer.


Haley Roberts

Assistant Director, David Klein Gallery; Birmingham, Michigan

  • Bachelor of Arts, art; Wayne State University

After the final exam in a community college art history class, Roberts asked her instructor about jobs in the local art scene. He pointed her to the David Klein Gallery, where Roberts still works today. She worked her way up from an entry-level secretarial job to become Assistant Director, doing everything from shipping artwork to designing the gallery website. The gallery focuses on post-war and contemporary works by American artists, but Roberts has also handled original pieces by famous names like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Her art history classes gave her a deeper appreciation for art, which she shares with clients. “It’s kind of fun to see people’s faces light up when you tell them about a piece of art,” Roberts says.


Whitney Wilson

In-Game Entertainment Coordinator, Richmond Flying Squirrels; Richmond, Virginia

  • Bachelor of Arts, media arts and design; James Madison University

Minor-league baseball games are as much about entertainment as the sport itself. During each Richmond Flying Squirrels home game, Wilson is in charge of adding some production value to the bases, keeping fans entertained. “It’s basically a big show every night,” Wilson says. She picks songs for when players step up to bat, makes animated vignettes for the stadium video board, and edits videos of game highlights, later setting them to music for the team website. Wilson wanted to work in entertainment ever since she worked on her high school’s TV announcements, but she preferred being behind the camera. She worked on a similar program in college, and even got class credit for an internship assisting the director of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She’s glad she also learned skills like photo editing, studio production, and Web design.


Nicole LaBonde

Executive Director, Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective; Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Arts, dance and general music, Eastern University

After graduation, LaBonde taught dance classes, conducted recreational therapy at a facility for people with disabilities, and worked as an account manager for an insurance office. Then, the founder of Indigenous Pitch, a dance company, recruited LaBonde to be its Executive Director. She says the position uses the artistic and administrative skills she picked up in her other jobs. LaBonde makes the organization’s ideas a reality. Among other things, that means seeking grants and donations, and getting media attention for Indigenous Pitch. In addition to performing, the Collective’s dancers host children’s camps in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Haiti. Campers learn about dance, theater, creative writing, and other art forms.

Studying the arts doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a starving artist. Actually, it opens up a wide world of careers. “Artists can have very secure incomes,” Mady says. “They can lead happy, productive lives.”


As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to come into the Career Development Office for Walk-In hours or call to make an appointment with one of our counselors. We are here for all Goucher Gophers and their career needs!

May 13, 2014
Goucher CDO
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“How Do I Decide on a Career Path”: An Infograph



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Apr 8, 2014
Goucher CDO
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A Book Review- Majoring in the Rest of your Life

Majoring in the Rest of Your Life


Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, by Carol Carter, discusses the struggles that every new college student faces. Being a freshmen myself, this book helped to guide me through my own experiences. The book breaks down how to make it from freshman year to senior year and know exactly what you want to do. In today’s economy, at least for me, I am constantly struggling to pick a path will guarantee job security but also be something I love. A lot of freshman tend to look too much to the future and don’t look at the here and now. The book teaches you that “college is the opportunity to explore all different things.” You have two years to determine your major and four years to determine the career you want to do. With this in mind, just explore your first three semesters to get a feel for how college academics work and to find a class that sparks your interest that you can pursue more.

Carter expands on the idea that there are three types of students: the drifter, life just happens to them; the dreamer, with crazy plans and goals for the future, always shooting for the stars; and the Doer, who plans, acts and achieves. For most students we are a combination of two or more of these types. If you are the type of student that likes to be involved in everything from math club to dance team, this book guides you on how to balance everything you want to do and still have time to unwind at the end of the day. You need to find the balance between keeping your nose in the books for a whole semester and never touching a book. There are so many new opportunities in college to explore, but making sure you stay in check with all aspects of your life is the key to success.

After determining the route for academics you want to travel, you can begin looking at Internships. You need to find an internship that is in a good location and won’t break the bank. You also need to think about the best time to do this internship. Balancing you time is just as important as balancing what you do with it.

Another struggle that most students (especially here at Goucher College) experience is studying abroad. With most campuses giving you options from 3 week, semester, or yearlong excursions, you can always find one that fits your calendar. The most common challenges are deciding where to travel and how to come up with the money to travel. With college debt piling up, you are just squeezing by for money for gas in your tank or a meal off campus a week.

With so much new in your life it is hard to breathe sometimes, but it is important to remember that everyone is /was in the same boat as you. They all experience the same struggles . There is also nothing wrong with asking for help. The most helpful place on campus getting college and career help is the Career Development Office. They handle resume work, internship searches, graduate school plans, career exploration and everything in between. Just like the tips in this book, they can help you decide a career path that will be everything you hope for in the end.

Apr 3, 2014
Goucher CDO
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A Book Review- Your First Interview by Ron Fry

Your First Interview by Ron Fry


Your First Interview is a guide to ease anxiety by helping make your first job interview as successful and positive as possible. This handbook lets a first-time job hunter know what is needed to land a job. It explains how to find information about a company, gives examples of stand-out resumes, explains how to obtain an interview, discusses behavior during the interview and provides tips on following-up the interview.

The book tackles the area many first time interviewees forgot to take into consideration during their job search, researching the companies you’re applying for or interviewing with. It’s great to have a polished resume, but what really enhances your performance during a job interview is knowledge of critical information about the prospective employer. Fry gives readers an excellent list of resources to start their detective work that allows them the assurance that their first career move is the right career move.

Fry also tackles the increasingly important topic of career networking. He informs readers about the importance of building a network of valuable contacts and how networking is more than a means to an end but a web of relationships that will be helpful throughout your career. He provides tips on hot to identify your existing network and enrich it to receive a greater variety of information. Fry also answers any questions the readers might have about the per-interview stages, during the interview itself, and the follow-up needed after completing the interview in terms of networking. Because this book was written in 1996, it does not go into the importance of emailing and social media etiquette that have become major aspects of modern job hunting.

A touchy topic that is uncomfortable for many first time employees is negotiating salary. Fry provides the best way to handle the discussion of salary during job interviews. The interviewee is put into a classic buy-sell situation when prospective employers bring up the subject of salary early on in the interview. Fry discusses how to look at the bigger picture of one’s life and to not sell your skills for less than they are worth. You need a job, yet you have to be realistic about whether or not the negotiated salary will cover the cost of living. Fry emphasizes how important it is to think over an offer, or even decline, it if you do not think it is feasible. At the end of the day, you have to see everything about the employment process as a learning experience to be used to better your future career.

Although this book was published in 1996 and some of the information is slightly outdated, it is still an easy read filled with practical advice for those who are “first-timers” in the working world. This book is mostly direct toward younger people as it extensively describes all of the processes you need to go through when applying for a job including your personal job goals, getting to know the company you will be applying for, how to write follow up letters and most importantly the proper interview etiquette. It is designed to let the readers know exactly what to expect when walking into a job interview. “Your First Interview” will teach recent graduates how to take charge of the interviewing process to make sure they have succeeded in selling themselves to the company and assure the company will hire them.

Ron Fry has gone on to write an updated version of “Your First Interview”, originally written in 1996, which gives a more in depth and contemporary view of the employment market and how to prepare yourself to answer tough interview questions without breaking a sweat. Fry also provides the readers with the best online job sites and a complete survey of global career building spheres. This book is a refresher as well as a miraculous remedy to all the dilemmas one faces before and during the interview, but also the reality of finally receiving an employment position and using it the first step in discovering your entire career.


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