Careers outside of psychology

The following alumni have offered to mentor Psychological Sciences students on potential careers outside of the field of psychology.
Matthew Lambert
LambertMatthewVice President for University Advancement at William & Mary
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MatthewLambert

Vice President for University Advancement at William & Mary

Graduation Year:  1999

Email:  MTLambert@wm.edu

Interests:  Discussing career goals.  I'd be happy to help however I can with students interested in going into advancement work (fundraising, alumni engagement, and marketing & communications) or working in higher education broadly.

Jiaorui Jiang
JiangJiaoruiArup, marketing intern / / Starting a program in Human Factors and Information Design at Bentley University in the fall
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JiaoruiJiang

Arup, marketing intern / / Starting a program in Human Factors and Information Design at Bentley University in the fall

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  jjiang01@email.wm.edu

Interests:  Networking opportunities, discussing career goals.

Makoto Fujisaki
FujisakiMakotoThe owner/CEO of Kodikas Coffee and Resterra Consulting
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MakotoFujisaki

The owner/CEO of Kodikas Coffee and Resterra Consulting

Graduation Year:  2010

Email:  makotof@kodikascoffee.com

Interests:  Discussing career goals.  After I graduated from W&M, I decided to pursue my career as a mental health counselor. I did go to 2 grad schools and got 2 master's in both mental health counseling (Boston and Philly). After I worked as a counselor in school setting and community mental agencies (both small and big), I decided to switch my career and started my own businesses in the DC area.  /  / If any of the current students would like get some insights, tips, thoughts on pursuing "mental health counseling" career, especially at master's level, I'm more than happy to share my experiences. 

Trudy Campbell Nix
Campbell NixTrudyCommercial Banking Executive / Senior Vice President / Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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TrudyCampbell Nix

Commercial Banking Executive / Senior Vice President / Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Graduation Year:  1975

Email:  trudy.c.nix@baml.com

Interests:  Discussing career goals.  I am glad to reach out to students.

Jay Watts
WattsJayAthletic Director at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN
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JayWatts

Athletic Director at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN

Graduation Year:  1990

Email:  jwatts213@yahoo.com

Interests:  Networking, career assistance, research opportunities.

Jessa Guinn
GuinnJessaHuman Resources Specialist with James City County
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JessaGuinn

Human Resources Specialist with James City County

Graduation Year:  2008

Email:  jessarosee@gmail.com

Interests:  Discuss career goals and networking. A psychology background has been extremely helpful throughout my career. I have experience in recruiting and employee relations and live/work in the area so I am available to meet in person.

Jeremy Kim
KimJeremyJD Candidate at the University of Richmond School of Law.
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JeremyKim

JD Candidate at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  Jskim02@email.wm.edu

Interests:  Discussing career goals.  Currently employed as a summer intern at the Warrenton Public Defender's Office

Albert Azzarone
AzzaroneAlbertCapital Projects Parks Planning Manager for the Division of Recreation and Parks, Henrico County, Virginia.
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AlbertAzzarone

Capital Projects Parks Planning Manager for the Division of Recreation and Parks, Henrico County, Virginia.

Graduation Year:  1972

Email:  azz@henrico.us

Interests:  Discussing career goals in fields outside of psychology.  I am a landscape architect. I am currently the Capital Projects Parks Planning Manager for the Division of Recreation and Parks. I have practiced as a landscape architecture professional for over 35 years. I took one class in the psychology program, Industrial Psychology, and an elective in the Business Department for non-business major where I saw a film in class about a planned community in Finland called Tapiola.  Dr. Peter Dirks helped me put these two classes together that led to a getting a masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia (1977).....Thank you so much Dr. Dirks for a profession that continues to be meaningful and fulfilling. Psychology...I'm not really able to give any insights, but if an architectural profession interests you I would be glad to talk /  to you about a possible direction change......you can do it too with your W&M education and  your psychology degree. Regardless of your direction I wish you success. Even after all these years, my W&M degree is an accomplishments that continues to be one of the most in my life.

Melanie Vargas
VargasMelanieFinancial Analyst - Capital One
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MelanieVargas

Financial Analyst - Capital One

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  melanie.rose.vargas@gmail.com

Interests:  Networking opportunities and discussing career goals.

Yuri Matsumoto
MatsumotoYuriEconomic Development Specialist with the City of Williamsburg
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YuriMatsumoto

Economic Development Specialist with the City of Williamsburg

Graduation Year:  2014

Email:  yhmats@gmail.com

Interests:  Networking opportunities, discussing career goals.

Alexa Hinrichs
HinrichsAlexaResidential Lodge Advisor at CooperRiis Healing Community
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AlexaHinrichs

Residential Lodge Advisor at CooperRiis Healing Community

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  aehinrichs@email.wm.edu

Interests:  Networking opportunities.

Rebecca Williamson (Butz)
Williamson (Butz)RebeccaPrincipal Cosultant at Hemispheres Leadership Consulting (self-employed)
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RebeccaWilliamson (Butz)

Principal Cosultant at Hemispheres Leadership Consulting (self-employed)

Graduation Year:  1998

Email:  Reb_williamson@yahoo.com

Interests:  Discuss career goals. Leadership Development Consultant; Principal Cosultant at Hemispheres Leadership Consulting (self-employed)

Nancy Everson
EversonNancyAssistant Dean of Students, College of William & Mary
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NancyEverson

Assistant Dean of Students, College of William & Mary

Graduation Year:  1998

Email:  naever@wm.edu

Interests:  Discussing career goals. I am available to meet with students in person since I am on campus. Email to ask for a good day/time to meet and identify as a referral from the W&M Psychology Alumni Network.

Kerry DiGiacomo
DiGiacomoKerryDirector of Audience Research, Philadelphia Museum of Art
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KerryDiGiacomo

Director of Audience Research, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Graduation Year:  1997

Email:  kdigiacomo@philamuseum.org

Interests:  Discussing career goals. The need for skilled social scientists in the arts and culture sector is growing every year. Museums and, more generally, the leisure and informal learning sectors, may seem surprising or unexpected environments for psychology majors interested in research and evaluation, but I hope that advisors and career counselors are aware and share it with students. If not for a chance opportunity to take Museum Studies in the Ed School and coming across a booklet of internship positions at the Smithsonian in the career office, I would never have imagined a career using social science research to better reach and serve communities through the work of museums. Museums are also still learning that they need social scientists, so even without subject matter expertise (art, history, natural science), please encourage internships and volunteer experiences in museums.

Alex Foster
FosterAlexResearch Analyst - CEB, now Gartner
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AlexFoster

Research Analyst - CEB, now Gartner

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  alexbfoster825@gmail.com

Interests:  Discussing career goals, incorporating psychology into other fields of study.

Wayne King Johnson Jr.
Johnson Jr.Wayne KingPresident / Coldwell Banker Avenues
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Wayne KingJohnson Jr.

President / Coldwell Banker Avenues

Graduation Year:  1968

Email:  wkjohnson@coldwellbanker.com

Interests:  I'll help in discussing career goals.

Rebecca Lynch
LynchRebeccaStudent Employment Coordinator at George Washington University
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RebeccaLynch

Student Employment Coordinator at George Washington University

Graduation Year:  2016

Email:  rebeccanolanlynch@gmail.com

Interests:  Sharing first job experiences, how to market and apply your psych degree in an outside field.  On a day-to-day basis, I am responsible for meeting with students who have recently obtained student jobs at the university, and guiding them through completing pre-employment processes such as the I-9, tax forms, and work permits. I am also a course administrator for an internship-based course for international students. I work in a fast-paced environment, meeting demands of both students and coworkers, and fitting in additional responsibilities on top of being on call for students the whole day. Some things my psych degree helps with are understanding students’ perspectives, figuring out how to most effectively communicate with them, and helping to create efficient office processes that benefit both students and employees.