May 2012 Articles

Alumnae Briefs

Alumnae Career Services FAQ

 

Cori Ashworth, Alumnae Career Services program manager. Photo by Tim Rivers, Two Ivy Media Solutions.

Cori Ashworth, Alumnae Career Services program manager. Photo by Tim Rivers, Two Ivy Media Solutions.

Mawrters across the country have been taking advantage of the workshops and webinars being offered as part of the Alumnae Association’s pilot career program for alumnae/i. For those of you still wondering how to make the most of this new service, program manager Cori Ashworth answers some of your questions.

What types of services are available?

 Cori Ashworth: Alumnae Career Services has four major components: regional and club programming, career coaching appointments (virtual and face-to-face), webinars, and web resources. The club programming is tailored to the needs of alumnae/i in your area. For example, we held one program in Seattle on branding yourself for the job search and another in Chicago on women in the workplace. The webinars teach fundamentals like interviewing and resume-writing as well as focus on professional-development topics such as becoming an entrepreneur and building emotional intelligence.

 How do I access and use the self-assessment materials?

 CA: The self-assessment materials can be downloaded from the Alumnae Association website. This series of exercises allows you to honestly examine your skills, values, and interests, and gives you tools to reflect on past accomplishments and identify future goals. Our programming gives you many opportunities to do these exercises in discussion with me, but you can also do them on your own at any time.

What should I talk about in career-coaching appointments?

 CA: That’s really up to you! Mawrters address a wide range of topics in coaching appointments. Young alumnae/i may want to work on branding themselves or on networking. Mid-career professionals may be changing fields and need advice on retooling their job search or translating their experience in one industry to another. Finally, those considering consulting or starting a business might want to assess whether flying solo is right for them or learn how to develop a business plan. And that’s just for starters. Additionally, some alumnae/i have scheduled periodic appointments with me, seeking support for the different stages of their career search.

Go to www.brynmawr.edu/alumnae/career/ for self-assessment materials and videos of past webinars. Contact alumnaecareers@brynmawr.edu with inquiries about Alumnae Career Services. Career counseling is also available with Alumnae Career Counselor John Tuton in the Career Development Office: jtuton@brynmawr.edu

 

Students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff came together for Latina/os at Bryn Mawr: A Kaleidoscope of Contributions to the Bryn Mawr Comunidad. Photo by Wendy Greenfield.

Students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff came together for Latina/os at Bryn Mawr: A Kaleidoscope of Contributions to the Bryn Mawr Comunidad. Photo by Wendy Greenfield.

Redes de Apoyo: Inaugural Gathering for Alumnae/i of Latin American Descent

This spring, the Alumnae Association hosted Latina/os at Bryn Mawr: A Kaleidoscope of Contributions to the Bryn Mawr Comunidad, a gathering for alumnae/i of Latin American descent. Students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff came together to dine with President Jane McAuliffe, join members of the Diversity Leadership Group in a discussion of the College’s diversity initiatives, network, and just spend time together.

“The event gave Latina/o alums the important opportunity to connect with each other, connect with students, and connect with the College,” says Ana María López ’82, chair of the Latina/o Gathering Steering Committee. She hopes it will give rise to future events that will foster “redes de apoyo,” or a network of support, for Bryn Mawr’s Latina/o community, including mentorship for students and career networking.

López encourages anyone interested in working with the Steering Committee to contact the Alumnae Association office.

 

 

 

Photo by Kit Farman for Bryn Mawr College

Photo by Kit Farman for Bryn Mawr College

We Need Your Owls!

If you’re reading this magazine, there’s a good chance you may have owls roosting on your bookshelves and desks or in your drawers and closets. The Alumnae Association’s Legacy Owl program gives you the chance to pass on these special keepsakes to fellow Mawrters. The program was founded on collections provided by Caroline Willis ’66 and Joanna Rom ’74. (Rom donated owls belonging to her mother, the late Rose Rom, who was an avid collector even before Rom applied to Bryn Mawr.)

Legacy Owls are given to alumnae/i volunteers in appreciation for their service to the College. The gift of an owl from one Mawrter to another is a near and dear symbol of the bonds that connect the alumnae/i community.

If you’d like to donate owls to the collection, please send them by post to Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association, ATTN: Legacy Owl Program, 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Please be sure to include a brief biography of the owls’ owner so that we can share her or his story with Legacy Owl recipients.

 

 

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