Graduating students will soon take their first steps down career paths that may take unforeseen directions. In his 30 years as a college career counselor, William Wright-Swadel has picked up some wisdom about the road ahead for soon-to-be graduates, which he'll share in a live "Office Hours" webcast interview at noon Friday, April 5.
"One common myth is the overstated significance of one's first opportunity after graduation," says Wright-Swadel, the Fannie Mitchell executive director of Duke's Career Center. "Twenty years ago it was not entirely significant for predicting liberal arts students' career direction, and it appears to be even less significant today."
Since 2008, Wright-Swadel has overseen the Career Center, which advises graduate students as well as undergraduates. Prior to coming to Duke, he headed career services at Harvard, Dartmouth and the University of Rhode Island.
"Office Hours" is Duke's live webcast series for the university community, and others, to engage with professors about their research and scholarship.