Staff Spotlight: Meet Amber Samuels

Get to know the Career Center Staff this semester!

Q: What is your role at the SEAS Career Services Center (i.e., W. Scott Amey Career Services Center)? 

A: At the SEAS Career Services Center, I work as the Career Services Fellow. In my role, I work primarily with graduate students across many areas of their career development including resume and cover letter review, salary negotiation, and interview preparation. SEAS graduate students and alumni can meet with me by requesting an appointment via Handshake.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at the SEAS Career Services Center?

A: It’s not easy to pick a singular favorite part of working at the SEAS Career Services Center. If I had to pick only one, though, I would say my favorite part about working at the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center is twofold and centers around being able to work with SEAS students and alumni. The parts of this work I find most enjoyable and rewarding are (1) having the opportunity to build relationships with students and alumni and (2) being able to support them in reaching their career goals.

Q: What is the most impactful career lesson you’ve learned thus far?

A: A career lesson I’ve learned that has been truly impactful is that failure is not the end. Although failure can feel like it’s the end, it doesn’t have to be, and lots can be learned when you experience setbacks or failures. Also, when you choose to not do something because of the fear of failing, you potentially prevent yourself from growing and moving forward in your career.

Q: Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? If so, what is it? What does it mean to you?

A: It’s hard for me to pick only one favorite quote that inspires me. Lately, however, one of my favorite quotes is “no rain, no flowers.” To me, this quote is simple, but powerful, and it reminds me of the inevitability of life’s ups and downs. It also reminds me that sometimes hard times and adversity are what precede growth, and sometimes things that are worthwhile are preceded by difficulty.

Q: Why should SEAS students and alumni visit the SEAS Career Services Center?

A: SEAS students and alumni should visit the SEAS Career Services Center because we (i.e., the staff) genuinely want to help them in reaching their career goals. By meeting with us early during their time at GWU, SEAS graduate students can make optimal use of our services and resources.

Q: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including the personal and the professional. What lessons, if any, have you learned during the pandemic?

A: Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to reevaluate my personal life, priorities, and relationships. Because of this, a central lesson I have learned is that social interaction and human contact are vital and to, therefore, cherish all of the relationships I have. Also, despite the need to shelter in place, I have learned that I am grateful to have access to the technology needed to stay connected to friends, family, and colleagues.

By Amber Samuels
Amber Samuels SEAS Career Services Fellow Amber Samuels