“Feeling Lost? The Best Careers Change and Evolve” by Melanie Buford

“Feeling Lost? The Best Careers Change and Evolve” by Melanie Buford

“Feeling Lost? The Best Careers Change and Evolve”  is written by Melanie Buford originally on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  by Melanie Buford A senior psychology major came into my office the other day. She dropped her bag, plopped down into a chair, and said “I’m lost!” With relatively little prompting, the story came out. She already knew her long term goal: to be a child and family therapist. A faculty mentor had recommended a graduate program for her, and, doing very little of her own research, she applied to the program and turned her attention back to school. She was accepted, fortunately, but upon learning more about it, she realized that it was a business focused program, not a therapeutic one. “That’s disappointing,” I said, “But it sounds like you have a good sense of what you’d like to do in the short term—graduate school—and the long term—child and family therapy.” “No,” said the student, “you don’t understand. I’m lost. What will I do now? Program deadlines have passed. I can’t go to graduate school now. I have to wait a whole ‘nother year!” How often does “I’m lost” mean “things didn’t turn out as I expected?” Here’s the thing, and it’s something I tell students over and over in spite of the fact that it doesn’t reassure them at all: The best careers, just like the best lives, aren’t linear. So many people are paralyzed by the idea of choosing a career—at the age of 20—that they’ll have to spend the rest of their lives on. This is entirely reasonable. And yet, students seem equally...
Public Policy Forum this Weekend!

Public Policy Forum this Weekend!

Above: Here are just a few of our wonderful panelists, which include representatives from The White House, Puentes de Salud, U.S. Department of State, New York City Urban Fellows Program, and Philadelphia Public School Notebook!    The third annual Public Policy Forum is officially here! The event will be held from 9:00 am – 5:00 p.m. in the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center.This exciting annual event demonstrates how Haverford alumni have leveraged their educations in service of greater ethical purposes. It is an opportunity for students from across the Tri-College system to learn more about careers in public policy. Students also present their policy-related research, and have opportunities to dialogue with alumni about their questions and findings. The day includes alumni panel discussions on topics including education, foreign policy, policy in the developing world, health policy, and environmental policy. The Haverford College Lawyers Network will present a panel on Law and Local Government. A keynote discussion will be moderated by David Wessell ’75, Director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Brookings Institution. Find more information here. #haverfordPPF   Check out what alum, Noah S. Leavitt ’91 wrote in the Huffington Post about the Public Policy Forum last year. His article, Liberal Arts, Public Policy and Public Service: A Perfect Combination, quoted Dean of the Center for Career and Professional Advising, Kelly Cleary, and her thoughts of last year’s event:  “Public policy leaders craft legislation serving the interests of a wide range of individuals and communities, in the short- and long-term. A liberal arts education provides students with the skills that public policy leaders need to develop and communicate their positions...