It's surreal when we consider where we were 60 days ago, compared with where we are today. I'm sure you are pretty much "all newsed up" by now, vacillating between feeling optimistic and anxious. In any case, we all must move forward into (for now) an uncertain future. It is impossible to predict what education and career conditions will be months from now. As such, the short-term is manageable and can be acted on. The longer-term is something that becomes the short-term eventually, and then is when we might face it. So let's focus on what is before us.
In this newsletter, I've provided a potpourri of resources related to working through the crisis, careers, and peacebuilding. As a career coach, I'm offering a
to those who needed to unexpectedly return from Fulbright and Peace Corps stints overseas. This
also applies to all grad students completing their studies this spring semester.
It's important that we take care of ourselves and each other right now. I've been walking more, working in my garden (We have lots of young children that walk with their parents. Can you find Pooh?) and incorporating more meditation and mindfulness (I recommend the
daily online meditation sessions
at the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian).
If you are an educator and planning your classes for the fall, consider inviting me to give on online talk on career strategies. I've recently given talks at Swarthmore College and George Mason University.
Take care, and please reach out to me if you need assistance, encouragement, or are restless with ideas!
David J. Smith
May 5, 2020
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