“My advice to current students is to do something you love after graduation,” said Tamisha Williams, a 2006 University of Richmond graduate. “Your first job might not be your dream job, but you never know who is watching you or what your current position is preparing you for.”

After graduating from Richmond, Williams, who majored in studio art with an elementary/secondary education minor, taught art in middle school and also served as a permanent substitute.

“While teaching at the middle school, I created a mentoring program to help girls with self-esteem, conflict management, relaxation and goal setting,” said Williams.

A former Richmond Bonner Scholar, Williams was able to land her first job by translating her experiences as an undergraduate into tangible skills employers seek.

“The Career Development Center staff helped me compile my experiences into a beautiful résumé and learn how to tailor my applications to the positions I was interested in,” said Williams. “The CDC even helped me with my personal statement for graduate school.”

Now pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in family and marriage counseling at the College of William & Mary, Williams works as a graduate assistant, coordinating Project Phoenix, a tutoring and mentoring program for three Williamsburg-area middle schools.

“My experience during the first two years after graduating from Richmond helped me to get my assistantship,” said Williams. “I have always been interested in mentoring programs, and Project Phoenix allows me to get experience coordinating an entire program.”

As for life after graduate school, Williams knows the possibilities are endless, and she’s keeping her options open.

“I hope to get a job at a college or university, working with the undergraduate population,” she said. “Some of my other goals are to create a mentoring program, possibly build a center for youth, become a life coach or maybe work at a boarding school to get residential education experience. My mind is always coming up with something new to tackle.”