"I reached out to the Office of Alumni Career Development and Mentorship during my transition from private practice to the federal government. I was feeling overwhelmed and nervous about the interview process when I was preparing for my first job interview in more than seven years, but Keri McCoy's encouragement and positivity put me at ease. Keri did a mock interview with me and provided helpful feedback about how to improve the quality of my answers. Because of Keri, I aced my first-round interview and received a call-back interview and eventually an offer. I am truly grateful to Keri and the Office of Alumni Career Development and Mentorship for supporting me during this transition in my legal career."
Catherine Stolar, JD '13
"Interviews felt like uncomfortable exercises that required equal parts worry and preparation. Fortunately, the Office of Alumni Career Development and Mentorship reframed interviews and preparation for me. Keri McCoy explained the art and science of interviewing and I felt significantly more effective and confident interviewing for new positions. I think anyone looking for career advice would benefit from her balance of honesty and optimism. Additionally, her staff is diligent, responsive, and professional. Keri felt just as invested (or maybe more invested!) in my search for new opportunities and her skill set and support were invaluable."
Matthew Piscitelli, JD '17
“Connecting with Director McCoy and the Office of Alumni Career Development and Mentorship was absolutely life-changing for me. As a litigation associate in a very small, niche practice area, I did not think that I had the litigation skills necessary to transition into a general litigation associate position. Several recruiters told me that the DC market was too competitive or that my practice area was too narrow to be marketable for general litigation associate positions. However, after taking several hours of her day to understand my personal and professional background, Director McCoy told me that everything was possible, and she immediately provided me with a strategy to put into action. She provided alumni contacts, resume edits, interview strategies, and so much more. Once I implemented Director McCoy's strategies, I received countless interview offers, callbacks, and subsequent job offers from firms of various sizes, big and small. Director McCoy and the Office of Alumni Career Development and Mentorship were there every step of the way to make sure I achieved the goal I previously mistook to be impossible. I cannot thank them enough or encourage fellow alumni enough to take advantage of this life-changing resource.”
Jane Shin, JD '17
“Keri McCoy and her team are outstanding and absolutely essential for any alumni considering a mid-career transition. This is especially true in my case as a senior military officer seeking to transition from a career in government service to the private sector. Keri’s enthusiasm for her mission and helping people is infectious. Her keen insights enabled me to refine my interview strategy, improve my resume, connect with other George Washington alumni practicing in the area of the law I had targeted, and leverage my own network. When I landed interviews Keri conducted mock interviews along with invaluable post-interview debriefings and coaching sessions. Keri has one goal in mind…to help her students and alumni make a successful career transition. My advice to GWU law students and alumni — don’t even think about starting your job search or making a career shift without speaking to Keri McCoy. You won’t regret it!”
Kirk Foster, JD '97