​Fail Better: Mark Smith​​

​Fail Better: Mark Smith​​

The story of Mark Smith, JD, director of the Career Center and failed candidate for Congress. Smith’s story is the first in a new video series called “Fail Better,” which showcases Washington University in St. Louis faculty, staff and students who have failed big, sometimes in very public, humiliating ways.
Fail Better: What we can learn from losing

Fail Better: What we can learn from losing

​Many college students dodge risks, but innovation and self-discovery often spring from failure, says Dedric A. Carter, PhD, associate provost and associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship“Fail Better,” a new video series, will showcase Washington University staff, faculty and students who have failed big — sometimes in very public, humiliating ways.

Career Center debuts STEM Slam

In addition to the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, the Career Center will host its first STEM Slam on Tuesday. Twenty recruiters from top STEM-related business will pitch to students their businesses in 45 seconds. Recruiters say smaller, more-focused events like this better connect students and businesses.

Mark Smith promoted to associate vice chancellor for students

Mark W. Smith, JD, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Career Center, has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for students and will continue as director of the Career Center, announced Sharon Stahl, vice chancellor for students. In his new role, he will also oversee the Office for International Students and Scholars.

Students ‘test drive’ jobs with internships

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, more than 115 organizations, representing 30-plus industries, will be recruiting WUSTL students and alumni at the annual Fall Internship & Job Career Fair. Senior Kelsey Brod spent the summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with a master printer.

Nixon appoints Smith to higher education commission

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Mark W. Smith, JD, assistant vice chancellor and director of the Career Center at Washington University of St. Louis, to serve on the Midwestern Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The commission advances higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing.

Finding a job is like dating, career center director says

Though some people have luck with online job boards and company websites, it’s best to use a nontraditional approach in employment searches, says Mark W. Smith, JD, director of the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Networking is the way most people learn about opportunities and it often gives them an upper hand.

Graduates: Don’t despair, says WUSTL careers expert

Students celebrate at Commencement.The graduation pictures have been e-mailed to friends, posted on Facebook and framed alongside family photos perched on bookcases and fireplace mantels. But behind the toothy grin of many college grads lies a worrisome question that flies in the face of this celebrated educational milestone: Where’s my job? Finding one requires the right actions, says a careers expert at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jobs for new college grads on the rise

File Photo – David KilperThe class of 2005 has good reason to be happy — overall hiring of college graduates is on the rise.Well, you’ve graduated from college. Congratulations! Now what? Unless you’re off to graduate school, it’s time to get a job. And according to a career expert at Washington University in St. Louis, you’ll probably have a much easier time finding one than students did in the past few years.