February 2014 Articles

Alumnae Career Services: The Job Hunt

How Cori Ashworth and the Bryn Mawr gang helped one alum land her dream job.

By Nancy Brokaw

Cori Ashworth, director of alumnae career engagement

Cori Ashworth, director of alumnae career engagement

A few years ago, Megan Roudebush ’02 was working at Moody’s Investors Services, rating municipal bonds. But the recently minted J.D./M.B.A., a peace and conflict studies major who describes herself as “passionate” about regulatory compliance, had her heart set on work that helped clients navigate the complex national and international laws and regulations governing the world of finance.

As she began contemplating how to land her dream job, she turned to Bryn Mawr, taking advantage of the webinars offered by the Alumnae Association’s Career Services program. The webinars provided her with solid, relevant, and timely advice—and her introduction to Cori Ashworth, director of alumnae career engagement.

“I didn’t even know I wanted a career consultant, but Cori was kind enough to follow up with me,” Roudebush explains.

A 20-year veteran of career counseling, Ashworth came to Bryn Mawr as a consultant in 2011, when the Alumnae Association launched a pilot program to provide enhanced career services to its members. Last summer, she joined the College full time.

In Ashworth’s first year, the Alumnae Association’s Career Services Program put together an array of offerings that include regional and club programming, one-on-one counseling, email support, an on-campus summer institute for women returning to work, and virtual resources including a well-received series of webinars for job-seekers and seasoned professionals, freelancers, and career changers.

Ashworth’s first webinar, “You’ve Gotta Have a Gang,” focused on developing and sustaining strategic relationships.

“I loved that as a kickoff because Mawrters are incredibly strong in the support they give to each other,” says Ashworth. “And the intellect! We’ve got a smart group of women here with a lot of information and experiences to share. So in that program, we invited everyone to realize that, just sitting there with each other, they had a networking opportunity.”

Additional webinars have focused on everything from the basics of resume writing, interviewing, and using LinkedIn to more advanced tips on networking, how to create your brand, and tips for growing in the position you already have.

Roudebush turned to Ashworth to help her evaluate her options as well as navigate the critical negotiations over salary. “Cori is very knowledgeable but what really stands out is her style,” she says. “She is very good at eliciting what you’re looking for, she asks the right questions, and she is willing to reach out to people in her network and get you to reach out to your own network.”

Roudebush’s job hunt had a happy ending: now working as a manager in Deloitte’s governance regulatory and risk strategy group, she has landed her dream job. Now that she’s on campus full time, Ashworth will continue to offer all these programs and services while expanding hours for one-on-one coaching and working to engage alumnae in student programming.

Click here to access alumnae career services on the web for information about upcoming webinars, recordings of past webinars, and career development resources.


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