We invite faculty to join us in helping students develop the insights and skills needed to navigate the process of career decision making, job searching, and applying for further education. Here are ways you can collaborate with us on behalf of our students.
A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring
Students aren't the only one interested in their success; their accomplishments are also very important to the college. Staff members in career services, admissions, development, alumni relations, and you, the faculty, have a direct investment in their achievement. The role you play in the employment process complements the role played by career services. Occasionally, however, helping students in their job searches can reults in unanticipated illegal or unethical actions. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has a more in-depth guide about this here.
Students may request that you write for them letters of recommendation for graduate or professional school. You may want to write individual letters and complete forms for their individual applications, but you are welcome to use our credential service, which is an online, secure means to manage the collection and distribution of letters of reference on behalf of students. We now use an online credential file service; fast and convenient.
If you are advising students who are unclear about their concentration, wondering what career directions they might explore, or thinking about how majors develop skills for a broad range of careers, refer them to the Career Center for assessment of their interests and skills through completion and interpretation of a career survey.
If your advisees are ready to explore careers through an internship, refer them to Career Center to learn more about our Local Internship Program which is offered both fall and spring semesters. A comprehensive program for summer interns in the Washington DC area offers programs on careers in government, public policy and law as well as a mentor program linking interns with alumni in their fields of interest.
Encourage students who are looking forward to interviews for internships or post-graduate employment to participate in mock interviews with an employer or retired professional who will also provide valuable critiques.
The W&M Wall Street Program
Students interested in learning more about careers in investment banking may apply for participation in a 2 - day seminar in NYC, where they visit a number of major firms, participate in simulations and case studies, listen to panels and presentations, and network with professionals in the field.
Job Search Skills Program
If students want to learn about resume writing, interviewing, job searching strategies, and networking, encourage them to check the various Career Center workshops scheduled throughout the year--see the workshop schedule on the top right.
If you are interested in knowing the immediate outcomes of your departmental seniors, contact us for information from our Senior Surveys. Or view them on our web site.
If your advisees want to talk with a Career Advisor about how their skills, interests, and values prepare them for particular careers, refer them to the Career Center for an appointment with a Career Advisor.
Breaking Into Careers Program Series
Encourage your advisees, both clueless and clearly directed, to attend our programs on career fields. Last year's program featured panels on careers in: biomedical research, international intelligence, foreign affairs, public health, technology, investment banking, marketing, the environment, advertising and public relations, development, homeland security, international non-governmental and non-profit organizations, math and science teaching careers, pharmaceutical research and sales, student affairs, sports, and teaching without certification.
Departmental Career Programs
If your department is interested in collaborating with the Career Center on developing a program for your concentrators, call us (757-221-3231)to arrange an appointment. While Career Advisors are able to present programs, we also like to collaborate with faculty and bring back to campus alumni from your academic discipline.
Graduate School Application
Encourage students to attend a fall semester workshop 'Getting Into Competitive Graduate Schools.' Also, refer students to the Career Center for general information about graduate/professional school admission tests and the application process. The Career Library and the web site both provide helpful information about graduate and professional schools.
Graduate and Professional Schools Day
Many of your students are considering going directly to graduate school upon matriculating. This event allows them to meet representatives from a number of graduate schools.
Encourage interested students to attend one of our two annual Career Fairs in the University Center, where they will have the opportunity to talk with employers about job and internship opportunities.
Ferguson Publishing Seminar
Held during the fall semester of even years, this weekend seminar brings publishing professionals from NYC to the campus to present information on the various career opportunities within the publishing industry. Annually, graduating seniors may compete for a scholarship to attend one of the prestigious summer publishing institutes.