Career Center Myths

Cohen Career Center Myth Busters - help us bust these myths!


Myth: The Career Center is only for seniors.

Busted: The Career Center serves students at all class levels – freshmen through graduate students.

How it’s Done: Encourage your student to connect with us early and often. Students who start their career planning early will be more prepared and confident as they progress towards graduation. Learn about the Compass program for freshmen and sophomores.

Myth: The Career Center is only for business students and business employers. 

Busted: The Career Center serves students in all majors, and provides programs designed for specific majors or groups of majors.

How It’s Done: The Career Center has staff liaisons for First and Second Year Students; Internships; Education; Government, Nonprofit, International; Science; Social Science; Arts; and Business. Your student can schedule an appointment with a specific staff member. Learn about liaison programs in the Career Center’s calendar of events.

Myth: Majors lead directly to a specific occupation or career.

Busted: Students in many majors can make a non-linear connection to a variety of occupations and career fields. See where graduates are going.

How It’s Done: Through career coaching appointments, group presentations, and William and Mary alumni career panels and individual presentations, students are exposed to the variety of career options available to them. Discuss with your student how his/her course of study, internships, study abroad, and extracurricular activities develop transferable skills and knowledge, career awareness, and contacts that can lead to different fields and positions. Perhaps your career story is similar? Explore majors and careers.

Myth: Students get jobs and internships only from employers who participate in on-campus interviewing.

Busted: Students can connect with employers through a variety of programs, events, and channels in addition to on-campus interviewing.

How It’s Done: Career fairs, employer information sessions, alumni career panels, symposiums, and industry-specific road trips all offer great opportunities for networking with employers. Talk with your student about the importance of building relationships with professionals in his or her intended or chosen field. Learn more about networking.