Video Project Relating College Major to Career Kicks Off Alumnae Career Services Initiative

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 2:07 pm.


Recognizing that Bryn Mawr’s powerful web of alumnae/i  represents “a critical asset in the lifespan of Bryn Mawrters,” the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association is introducing a career initiative that will offer a wealth of new programming tailored to age and cohort groups.

Upcoming Career-Services Webinar

a webinar titled “Managing Relationships for Professional Success: You Gotta have a Gang,” will be offered to Bryn Mawr alumnae/i on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7-8 p.m. Details on how to register and join the webinar will be posted on the Alumnae Association website .

Veteran career coach and management consultant Cori Ashworth has been retained to spearhead the development and implementation of the new programming, in coordination with the Alumnae Association, the Career Development Office, and alumnae/I volunteers.

“We are looking at career programs as a focal point for alumnae/i engagement,” says Director of Alumnae Leadership Engagement and Enrichment Sarah Doody, who is coordinating the program on behalf of the Alumnae Association. “Bryn Mawr alumnae/i represent a wealth of practical and industry expertise, and our existing structure of clubs and affinity groups offers valuable pathways to understanding the needs of our many alumnae/i communities. We want to use this already-established organization to bring career services to alumnae/i where they live.”

Career services offered to alumnae/i will continue to include on-campus access to a career counselor employed by the College’s Career Development Office. John Tuton, who is himself an alumnus of Bryn Mawr with a Ph.D. in human development, now fills that position; alumnae/i can make appointments with him by emailing cdo@brynmawr.edu.

The Bryn Mawr alumnae/i community, however, extends far beyond the campus – to nearly every corner of the world. The new programming aims to make career counseling and networking available to alumnae/i everywhere.

“We plan to integrate career services into alumnae/i events around the world,” Doody explains, “and we want to harness the power of communications technology to offer webinars and podcasts as well as in-person seminars and panel discussions.”

The first of these electronic offerings is a webinar titled “Managing Relationships for Professional Success: You Gotta have a Gang,” to be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7-8 p.m. Check the Alumnae Association website for details on how to register and join the webinar.

The Alumnae Association kicked off its new career-services initiative at this year’s Alumnae Volunteer Summit in September. Brainstorming sessions helped shape a list of potential topics for programming (if you have suggestions, please email them to sdoody[at]brynmawr.edu). A panel discussion titled “Your Major is not your Life: The Careers and Majors Connection” offered the thoughts of four alumnae on the topic of how their majors related (and didn’t relate) to their careers:

  • Christy Allen ’90, an English major with a minor in women’s studies, is now an assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Health Licensure and Regulation
  • Sally Bachofer ’97, a double major in classical and Near Eastern archaeology and classical studies is now an assistant commissioner for the New York State Department of Education
  • Eileen P. Kavanagh ’75, a double major in English and history, is now a partner at Partner, Litchfield Cavo, LLP
  • Jennifer Rusk ’05, an economics major, is now director of investor relations at Karsch Capital Management

During the weekend, Alumnae Association staffers conducted interviews with more than 20 Bryn Mawr alumnae/i about the relationship between college major and career path. In the video playlist embedded above, a cross-generational selection of Bryn Mawrters talk about their work in statistics and project management, law, computer science, journalism, geology, education, entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields.

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