Alumni Career Commentary

The Uncomfortable Look

He was a young man in police custody, admitted to the ICU with diabetic ketoacidosis. As I reviewed the medical record, I was struck by the fact that he had been in college about a year ago. I walked into his room and met a Black man in his 20s,… Continue reading »

How to Be a Venture Capitalist Without (Too Much) Social Media

Venture Capital is an industry defined by long feedback cycles and avalanches of uncertainty at every turn, yet the prevailing narrative and style of most new venture capital investors are to stay up to date daily with newsletters, funding rounds, deal sizes and the opinions of everyone but their own. Continue reading »

Schooled: What Community College Taught Me About My Education

Prior to joining their faculty last year as an adjunct, I’d had only glancing contact with Berkshire Community College (south of Williamstown, in Pittsfield), and while each interaction had been positive, my overall attitude towards a community college education remained – I confess – mildly dismissive. My own experience of… Continue reading »

Failing Forward: How a Starving Artist Found His Way to Software Engineering

Five years ago, I left a financially rewarding but personally unfulfilling first job in finance to take advantage of an opportunity to compose music for commercials. Overwhelmed with excitement, I took every penny I had (plus a huge pay cut) to pursue my dream of a professional music career in… Continue reading »

Forgot About Me? Three Nearby Resources Often Overlooked by Non-Profit Leaders

Non-profit leaders bemoan the constant need to drum up resources to achieve success. Whether running a charitable entity, trade association or civic organization, leaders envision how far they could advance strategic goals with an injection of additional revenue. But resources aren’t limited to budgeted dollars. Sometimes, the chance to offset… Continue reading »

The Quiet Crisis of Unexpected Unemployment

In 1973, John R. Coleman — then president of Haverford College and a respected labor economist — took a sabbatical. Over the course of those few months, Coleman dedicated his time to working menial, blue-collar jobs on an incognito basis. He made sandwiches, worked farm fields and dug ditches. It was part intellectual inquiry… Continue reading »

The Unsung Hero: Your Chief Operating Officer

Our business and popular culture celebrates entrepreneurs who launch new businesses for their vision and daring – and rightly so. Innovation has been a cornerstone of this country since its founding. However, as someone who partners with CEOs of middle market and emerging growth companies to recruit top talent to… Continue reading »

Four Ways Political Science Prepares You for a Career in Marketing

It’s that time of year when Williams seniors are carving out well-worn footpaths between the library, the office of career counseling and the Purple Pub. The days of balancing senior seminars with 100-days parties, prioritizing the hunt for a post-college job over the hunt for a costume for Saturday night’s… Continue reading »