There is a new face and a new program at the Career Center this year. Karen Cardozo has been hired as the director of the Career Discovery Program in an effort to revamp the Center’s connection with students on campus.
The new position and program are designed specifically to engage first-years and sophomores with the Career Center earlier on during their time at the College.
John Noble, director of the Career Center, hopes that this outreach will “completely change the perception that Williams students sometimes have of the Career Center … that it only caters to those interested in business.”
Cardozo has over 20 years of experience in higher education career counseling. She graduated from Haverford with a B.A. and from Harvard with an M.Ed. Noble cites her “understanding of how students approach their lives” as one of her primary qualifications for the job.
Most of Cardozo’s responsibility will include helping students with self-assessment tests and self-discovery, especially in the case of students who are undecided or unsure of their desired career direction.
According to Noble, the Career Center staff hopes that Cardozo’s position will better meet student needs and paint a different picture of the Center as a place for students to go not just when looking for a job but also when looking to build lifelong career skills.
“I was hired to focus on two primary areas: First, to build a strong generalist counseling compatible with a liberal arts orientation. Williams students are multitalented and often have multiple interests, so we shouldn’t automatically assume they approach the Career Center with a single interest or future field in mind,” Cardozo said. “The second and related aspect of my new role is fostering early engagement of first-years and sophomores. A key message I deliver at all my programs is: The real issue is not ‘What’s the best career?’ in any objective sense, but, ‘What’s the best career for me?’ along with, ‘What is a good next step for me?’”
Throughout the year, Cardozo will host various workshops for student groups, athletic teams and student-centered College offices, as well as arrange for one-on-one meetings with students.