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  • Managing Your Career During Times of Uncertainty: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

    Managing Your Career During Times of Uncertainty: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

    With so much job uncertainty in the world right now, here are five easy steps you can take to gain control of your career.

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  • What's an Informational Interview and How Do I Ace It?

    What's an Informational Interview and How Do I Ace It?

    Informational interviews are conversations with a professional to get more information about their career field. Use these tips to successfully set up and conduct one. 

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  • How Do You Know If an Internship Is Right for You?

    How Do You Know If an Internship Is Right for You?

    With internships playing such an important role in your early career journey, here’s a practical guide to help you decide which internship opportunity is the “right” one. 

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  • Studying for the LSAT (Or Other Grad School Tests) While Interning in D.C.

    Studying for the LSAT (Or Other Grad School Tests) While Interning in D.C.

    Balancing an internship, course work and graduate school exam prep isn't easy, but it is do-able. Use these tips to manage your time.

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  • Acing the Interview: What You Need to Know

    Acing the Interview: What You Need to Know

    After empowering over 60,000 students with the experience, skills and network they need to land the right career for them, we like to think we know a thing or two about acing interviews.

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  • How to Navigate Career Questions During Family Gatherings

    How to Navigate Career Questions During Family Gatherings

    Here's how to prepare for tough questions about your major, career path and future plans before you head to your next party or family gathering.

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  • How to Network When You're Home for the Holidays

    How to Network When You're Home for the Holidays

    Networking probably isn’t high on your list of things to do during your time off from work or school, but there’s no better time of year to do it.

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  • Where the Networking Opportunities Are in D.C.

    Where the Networking Opportunities Are in D.C.

    Networking has been a great way for me to build professional connections in D.C.

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  • How My D.C. Internship Helped Me Discover a New Career Path

    How My D.C. Internship Helped Me Discover a New Career Path

    Back in August, I thought I had it all figured out. I knew what I was getting out of undergrad, what my next school would be and what my dream job was.

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  • From Shy to Sure: Networking in the Office

    From Shy to Sure: Networking in the Office

    As a D.C. intern, you will hear one piece of advice constantly: network as much as possible.

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  • Pursuing Top-Tier Career Advice

    Pursuing Top-Tier Career Advice

    One of the most important goals that interns should focus on is soliciting feedback and advice.

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  • How TWC Helps You Prepare for the Job Market

    How TWC Helps You Prepare for the Job Market

    Although I’m not graduating until December, I have already taken several steps to prepare myself for life after college.

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  • Three Common Myths and Misconceptions About Networking

    Three Common Myths and Misconceptions About Networking

    In Washington, D.C., networking is just a part of everyday life. So how do you prepare for it? 

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  • Elevate Yourself: How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch (with Examples)

    Elevate Yourself: How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch (with Examples)

    “So what do you do?” If you know anything about Washington, D.C., you know that this is the most frequently asked question — on the Metro, at the coffee shop, and yes, in the elevator.

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  • The Secret to the Perfect Career Path

    The Secret to the Perfect Career Path

    In this installment of TWC's Alumni Spotlight Series, Roxane Schneider '10 explains that finding the perfect career path sometimes starts with taking an imperfect job opportunity.

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  • Why D.C. Is A Top Networking Destination for College Students

    Why D.C. Is A Top Networking Destination for College Students

    Washington, D.C. is a networker’s paradise. Opportunities to meet or get together with other professionals are everywhere. On any given day, there are special events, lunches, happy hours, etc. to...

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  • TWC’s Conventions Seminar Solidified My Political Career; Here’s How It Unfolded

    TWC’s Conventions Seminar Solidified My Political Career; Here’s How It Unfolded

    Neil Deegan attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention through The Washington Center’s Campaign 2008 seminar series. Today, he's the managing principal at Rittenhouse Political Partners.

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  • Fear Not! Our ELOs Make Your Post-TWC Career Step a Confident Step

    Fear Not! Our ELOs Make Your Post-TWC Career Step a Confident Step

    What comes after your semester in D.C.? Whether you come to The Washington Center with a career plan in mind or have no idea where it should go, you’ll need expert direction that wraps up the sum...

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  • Top 5 Skills Every Young Professional Should Have (and the Books that Teach Them)

    Top 5 Skills Every Young Professional Should Have (and the Books that Teach Them)

    What does it mean to be a successful young professional? What skills will make you stand out, especially when you’re just beginning to launch your career?  

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  • Three Areas to Highlight in your Resume If you Lack Work Experience

    Three Areas to Highlight in your Resume If you Lack Work Experience

    What makes your resume stand out when the section most scrutinized during evaluation - experience - is the one where you find yourself lacking?

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