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."


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

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