Spring 2023 Issue

Take Charge of Your Career

Professional Development Week and more bring the W&M community together for career growth

By Claire De Lisle M.B.A. ’21

“Know thyself.” This ancient Greek aphorism, sometimes attributed to Socrates or Aristotle as “To know thyself is the beginning of all wisdom,” remains salient advice today. It was a theme woven throughout the fifth annual W&M Professional Development Week, Feb. 27-March 3, 2023.

In online workshops and panel discussions, experts from the alumni community and beyond addressed ways to take charge of your career in this changing economy — starting with knowing your values, defining your personal brand and charting your goals. They provided guidance to participants at all stages of their careers, including students just starting out, professionals looking to advance or change their career paths and executives managing a newly hybrid workforce. To view recordings of the online sessions, visit wmalumni.com/prof-dev-week.

Networking was also a key component, with in-person events in key regions nationwide hosted by alumni and a virtual networking hour. Read more in our online exclusive article.

Professional Development Week is just one of many career resources offered for the William & Mary community as part of the careers cornerstone initiative in William & Mary’s Vision 2026 strategic plan. This fall, the university will launch One Network, an online platform that brings together the William & Mary community for professional networking on a global scale, empowering career and industry connections needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

For more career resources, including information for including job postings, information for employers and resources for alumni, visit wm.edu/career.