Peaks & Valleys

How To Better Describe Your Strengths In An Interview

How To Better Describe Your Strengths In An Interview By Crystal Cory, CPDC Undergraduate Career Coach Hardworking. Detail-oriented. Organized. Passionate. Over the years, I’ve heard students use these words to describe their strengths in practice interviews more times than I can count. (I did count once – and I had 26 separate students tell me […]


Key Takeaways I Learned From 3 Informational Interviews

Key Takeaways I Learned From 3 Informational Interviews By Dan Moseson, Ph.D., CPDC Graduate Career Coach  Recently, my colleague, Crystal Cory, wrote a superb article about how to network during this unprecedented time. Adding to Crystal’s advice, I encourage you to think outside the box as you seek out new and exciting career conversations. You’ll […]


5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My First Internship

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My First Internship By Merry Joseph, 2020 CPDC Internship of the Year Award Winner | Biomedical Engineering & Psychology Student | Presidential Intern The months, weeks, and even days leading up to an internship are an exciting time—filled with anticipation and nervousness. Although you can’t predict […]


Lessons from My Career Journey as an International Student in the U.S.

Lessons from My Career Journey as an International Student in the U.S. By Olga Kingsbury, Undergraduate Career Coach July 2014. I had just gotten off my 11-hour Moscow-Washington DC flight, took a breath of fresh air, and could hardly believe I was standing on American soil. It suddenly struck me that I did not know […]


Graduate Students: How to Pivot yet Continue in the Career Direction of Your Dreams

Graduate Students: How to Pivot yet Continue in the Career Direction of Your Dreams By: Cathy Tingstrom, Ph.D., CPDC Graduate Career Coach To pivot means different things in different contexts. In sports, it refers to planting one foot and moving the other foot in different directions to gain an advantage. In business, it has been […]


Give Your Brain a Break: Survive & Thrive Amidst a Pandemic

Give Your Brain a Break: Survive & Thrive Amidst a Pandemic By: Hannah Christensen, Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist Let’s be real, dealing with a global pandemic is exhausting! No matter your circumstances, this state of limbo is emotionally, physically, and mentally straining. For many of us, taking care of ourselves can feel like another […]


The Ins and Outs of Feeling Prepared for a Virtual Internship 

The Ins and Outs of Feeling Prepared for a Virtual Internship  By Carmen Gold-Johnson, AD for Employer Engagement & Internship Development  COVID-19 has forced many in-person internships to go virtual. To help you feel prepared for a virtual internship, we’ve outlined their benefits and drawbacks, below.   Benefits of Virtual Internships  Greater Access: Since you can complete virtual internships right from the comfort of […]


Your Dream Job Could Be Just a DM Away 

Your Dream Job Could Be Just a DM Away  By Olga Kingsbury, CPDC Career Coach  Summer 2016: I had just graduated from my master’s program in TESOL from West Virginia University. For years, it had been my dream to become an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and help international professionals develop their communication skills in English. Due to family circumstances, I had to stay in […]


How to Ace a Video Interview 

How to Ace a Video Interview  By Dan Moseson, CPDC Career Coach  You just got the email you’ve been dreading (or maybe hoping for!): your face-to-face interview has been moved to video because of COVID-19.  What do you do?  The good news is that video interviews are already common and that the fundamentals of interviewing are the same for in-person and […]


How to Graduate with Grace During a Pandemic 

How to Graduate with Grace During a Pandemic  By Marissa Armistead, Career Ambassador & Graduating Senior Like many graduating seniors, I spent my high school summers working one, sometimes two, jobs to save for college. I invested countless hours into writing and revising scholarship applications, hoping I could make ends meet. Once in school, the […]