October 22, 2020

"Having a 'meaningful career' is a rather controversial topic. Some say it is a worthy pursuit, others say it is not.

It is that time of year again where my schedule is happily slammed. Each week I meet with so many students and alumni that are brave enough to ask themselves hard questions:

  • 'How can I get the right job for me?'
  • 'Frankly, how do I get a job?'
  • 'How do I stand out when I apply?'
  • 'How will I know this is the right career path for me?'
  • 'Mary, how can I have a meaningful career?'

The students I work with at The Busch School of Business seem to possess one common desire: the desire for a meaningful career. They want to be a force for good.

My students' search for meaning, fulfillment, and desire to live authentically self-giving careers always humbles me. I cannot begin to describe the breadth of inspiration I feel during these coaching meetings. So thank you to all of my students. Your wins are my wins. Your search for meaning provides meaning for me.

If you are still a student or not, you can and will find meaning in your careers-- you just have to be brave enough to keep searching for it. Be brave. Be humble. Give to others. You'll get it back and then some."

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Mary Unverferth is the Career Preparation Manager and Career Coach in the Busch School Office of Career Development.

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