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Bard Works is a week-long workshop series held during winter intersession in January. The program connects students to the Bard network while honing job search and professional skills. Hands on workshops, panels, small group discussions, and individual mentoring sessions help students to not only become more confident in their skills as they begin the job search, but encourage them to think about how their degree might aid them to enter into career paths they may never have considered. 

Ranging in scope, the workshop series includes skill-based workshops on resume writing, the job search, making a pitch for oneself and any project one might wish to present, public speaking in the workforce, and writing for business. To introduce participants to a wide range of career paths, we bring in professionals who work in the arts, business, entrepreneurship, non-profits, government, publishing, and communications. Each student is paired with a mentor working in the student’s field of interest, or a related field, and receives advice on finding jobs and making connections in their field of interest.

The Bard Works team also holds a weekend of panels in Washington DC during the month of Novemeber. Students who are interested in moving to DC, or working in or with the government are highly encouraged to attend, though all are welcome. We include panels on working in the government, working in the arts, journalism, and non-profits. Many of our panelists are Bard alums who can provide advice on how to transfer liberal arts education into the DC work scene.

Focus Areas:

I. Finding Your First Job

  • How to conduct a job search and find job opportunities
  • How internships prepare you for employment
  • Social media: how you present yourself to the world
  • Writing for a job search (communication skills and techniques)

II. Communication Skills

  • How to package and present yourself with confidence and poise
  • Preparing for interviews (elevator pitch, getting the interview, mock interviews, following up)
  • Individual mock interview sessions

III. Networking & Mentors

  • Learn the art of networking (connecting beyond social media and Google searches)
  • Role of social media for networking
  • Match students to a professional mentor with a shared interest for long-term guidance
  • Manage expectations and responsibilities for an effective mentor relationship
  • Establish guidelines for communication (verbal and written) and career shadowing

IV. Succeeding in Your First Job/Internship

  • Meeting workplace expectations (transitioning from college to the workplace)
  • Interacting with coworkers and your boss
  • Preparing for meetings and presentations
  • Expectations of written work, formal and informal communication
  • Financial literacy for independent living

V. Planning a Career After Your First Job

  • Directing your skills and interests to your passion and goals for the future
  • Explore your personality, interests, and values to connect to long-term career interests
  • Role of internships and volunteer positions
  • How to create opportunities for yourself

Bard Works Team 

Bard Works is made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous donor and is a collaboration between the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, the Bard Career Development Office, the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Development & Alumni/ae Affairs, and the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors.

Anne Jennings Canzonetti '84

Deputy Director, Alumni/ae Affairs

Bethany Nohlgren

Dean of Students VIEW MORE >>

Elisabeth Giglio

Director, Career Development Office

Hillary Henderson

Assistant Director of Development, Parent Programs

Jane Brien '89

Director of Alumni/ae Affairs

Jennifer Skura

Program Assistant, Alumni/ae Affairs

Kolrick Greathouse

Area Coordinator - Office of Residence Life & Housing

Maureen Aurigemma

Career Advisor, Career Development Office VIEW MORE >>

Rachel Meyer

Deputy Directory, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program

Sarah Drabick

Manager of Employer Relations and Recruitment, Career Development Office VIEW MORE >>

Erin Cannan, Chair

Associate Director of Bard Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and Dean of Student Affairs  VIEW MORE >>