StrongPoints / Career
At Meredith, our goal is for you to fully immerse yourself in your college experience. But we also want to help you prepare for life after college, whether that includes a career or further education in a graduate or professional program.
StrongPoints will help you plan for your career throughout your four years at Meredith. Here's how:
- Identify strengths, interests, and values that prepare you for a variety of career options
- Create a portfolio to help secure employment or admission to graduate or professional school
- Begin building a network within your professional field of interest
- Prepare for interviews and develop a strong resume
Exploring Career Options in Biology
Meredith’s location near Research Triangle Park makes it an ideal place for students to find internships and jobs in the life sciences field. Associate Professors of Biological Sciences Jason Andrus and Erin Lindquist have developed a course based on StrongPoints to help biology students make the most of that advantage – and use their strengths in their chosen career path.
Students first take the strengths assessment. Then they engage in a variety of exercises throughout the semester that help them explore career options, learn how to present themselves professionally, and make industry connections.
During one class, students practice introducing themselves based on their strengths. During another session, they review a career matrix of jobs within the biology field and talk about how they can employ their strengths within the careers that interest them.
An entire week devoted to professional development includes an evening for students to practice their “elevator speeches” and work on LinkedIn profiles, followed by an opportunity to network with alumnae working in the field and an etiquette dinner that prepares students for lunch or dinner interviews.
"I’m focused on helping our students understand how they can employ their strengths in their careers – and, ultimately, get jobs."Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Jason Andrus
See how StrongPoints helps our students make the most out of college.
Director of StrongPoints
"The point isn’t for us to say whether students should choose this or that career; it’s to teach them to find ways to meet their career goals."Mary Jane Lenard, Professor of Business
of Meredith seniors receive career guidance from professors and advisors
of our students participate in internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, or another kind of experiential learning
of recent Meredith alumnae were satisfied with their academic experience
over the past three years, 93% of our alumnae are employed or pursuing graduate study within a few short months of graduation