Purposeful Work: Aligning who you are with what you do

"This internship has transformed how I combine my politics major with my visual thinking.”. --Laura Nguyen '19 of Paoli, Pa., a double major in politics and women and gender studies, has a 10-week summer digital design internship in the newsroom of The New York Times. She is working with various departments and has helped to contribute to such major Times pieces as “Trump’s Lies” and “An Annotated Constitution.” Nguyen works in the newsroom which was off-limits for other shoot. She poses around the building, in a conference room, in a hallway with photographs of Pulitzer winners, in the cafeteria, on a stairway, and outside of the building on its 8th Avenue side facing the Port Authority at 42nd Street.

“This internship has transformed how I combine my politics major with my visual thinking.” — Laura Nguyen ’19

Preparing students for lives of meaningful work lies at the heart of the liberal arts mission. It is grounded in our mission, has curricular and co-curricular aspects, and takes a four-year, developmental approach to working with students.

Purposeful Work at Bates is about helping students discover the joy and power that arise from aligning who they are with what they do. It helps students identify and cultivate their interests and strengths and provides opportunities for them to acquire the knowledge, experiences, and relationships necessary to pursue their aspirations with imagination and integrity.

Informed by this philosophy, students emerge from Bates equipped to make intentional decisions about their work, selves, and how the two relate. It’s about our liberal arts mission, and an imperative in today’s world.

What We Do is Unique. Here’s Why.

Almost every college has programs or departments that help students find internships and provide career counseling. But Purposeful Work at Bates goes distinctly beyond jobs or careers. It has four key characteristics:

It is mission-based.

Our programming is built on the premise that preparing students for lives of meaningful work lies at the heart of the liberal arts mission.

It is developmental in its approach.

Our initiative encompasses cycles of exploration and reflection that integrate questions about work and meaning into the intellectual and personal growth that define the liberal arts experience.

It is holistic.

We focus on the whole person and weave concepts related to purposeful work into all aspects of the student experience: curricular, co-curricular, athletics, and residential life.

It is highly intentional and pragmatic.

We don’t just talk about work — we enable students to get deeply involved in work in its many forms.

Who We Are

Our team of professional staff take an individualized and developmental approach to working with Bates students as they explore purposeful work on campus and after graduation. We advise students in every stage of exploration, from asking “What are my values and interests?” and “How do the pieces of my studies and extra-curriculars tie together?” to “What next steps do I take to build the skills I need?”

Because our work is philosophical and pragmatic, we also offer a wide range of programs for students to test their interests and skills.

Please call us at 207-786-6232 to schedule an office or phone appointment with a counselor.  We look forward to talking with you!


Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean

E-mail: adelong@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-8305

Allen leads the Bates Center for Purposeful Work, which brings together in one place, under one philosophy, a set of programs and functions that have until now been divided between the Purposeful Work program and the Bates Career Development Center. He has served as a faculty member or administrator at large, Research I universities and small, private liberal arts colleges over the past 25 years. A native Mainer from “The County,” Delong holds a Bachelors from the University of Maine; a Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Allen works with students and alumni interested in education, community and non-profit work, and entrepreneurship.

Karen Daigler

Karen Daigler, Director for Graduate and Professional School Advising

E-mail:  kdaigler@bates.edu
Telephone:  207-786-6230

Karen provides academic and career guidance to pre-health students and alumni and advises those interested in pursuing graduate school.  She serves as an ex officio member of the Medical Studies Committee at Bates.  She also serves as a general career counselor and administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments.  Karen has worked in career development for more than 20 years at Bates, Bowdoin and Boston College.  In her role at Bowdoin, Karen worked extensively with students interested in education and nonprofit careers.  Karen has an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College and a B.A. in sociology from Cortland State University.

Amy Jaffe

Amy Jaffe, Senior Associate Director for Exploration

E-Mail: ajaffe@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-6235

Amy focuses on students’ exploration, guiding students who are uncertain or confused about their future career options. She also advises students on resumes, interviews, and job search as well as manages the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program. Amy has worked in career development for over ten years, previously as a career counselor at Golden Gate University and as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine. Currently, she is the president of the Maine Career Development Association and has a private practice as a career counselor in Portland. She holds a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.

Anthony M. Pernell- McGee, JD, GCDF, Associate Director, Pre-Law Advisor and Career Exploration

Email: amcgee@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-6234

Anthony’s career portfolio includes government, law, environmental sustainability, public policy, public service, and international affairs.  Anthony is a member of the Exploration Team which helps undecided students explore various career opportunities by using job shadow opportunities,  internships, informal assessments, informational interviews and bringing career professionals to campus. He serves as the college pre-law advisor and provides graduate school advising within his career communities.  Anthony has a broad legal and public policy experience as a practicing attorney and lobbyist. Anthony taught at Morehouse College and served as the Interim Director of the Pre-Law Program. He received his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law and his B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Maine Career Development Association (MCDA), and the Small College Career Alliance (SCCA).    He is the staff advisor for the Moot Court Team.

Marianne Cowan, Associate Director of Program Design

Email: mcowan@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-6128

Marianne provides guidance to students early in the process of exploring work and career trajectories, connecting their Bates education and experiences to create a path toward meaningful work. She also counsels students interested in business, finance, entrepreneurship, nonprofit and social services. She manages the Practitioner-Taught Courses, athletics and co-curricular programming for the Center for Purposeful Work and advises Bobcat Ventures. Prior to her work as a member of the original Purposeful Work Design Team, Marianne served many years in senior alumni relations and fundraising roles at Bates and supported public health startup programs, faculty development and grant writing at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo and a B.A. from Bates.

Osborne, Peter A. 207-786-6398 posborne@bates.edu Center for Purposeful Work Associate Director 146 Wood Street

Peter Osborne, Associate Director for Employer Engagement

Email: posborne@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-6398

Peter’s goal in employer engagement is to cultivate job, internship, externship, summer employment, research, and global job opportunities for Bates students. He manages employer engagement activities, such as on-campus recruiting and interviewing, and serves as the primary point of contact for employers interested in engaging students and alumni. Peter also advises students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in business, finance, consulting, and technology. Peter has previous professional experience in student affairs, career services, and state government, and has worked with a wide variety of partners to strengthen connections between education and workforce needs. He holds a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Maine at Farmington and an M.S. in adult and higher education from the University of Southern Maine.

Amy Wooldridge, Associate Director for Employer Relations & Internships

Email: awooldri@bates.edu
Telephone: 207-786-6478

In addition to managing the summer Purposeful Work Internship Program, Amy advises students who are exploring opportunities in Business, Technology, Finance, Consulting, Education, and Community and Social Service.  Amy also serves as a member of the Employer Relations team and enjoys exploring new opportunities for Bates students. Before joining Purposeful Work and Bates in May of 2017, Amy’s career path led her to enriching opportunities in international education, student affairs, and refugee resettlement work. She has an M.A. from Lesley University in intercultural relations and a B.A. in literature from the University of North Texas. While a Texas native, she has lived in New England for 15 years and enjoys travel, cooking and live music.  She does not miss the heat and embraces the snow. She is delighted to have joined the Bates community and is enjoying the role of Associate Director of Purposeful Work.

Sheila Anderson

Sheila Anderson, Associate Director of Operations, Marketing, and Outreach

E-mail:  sanderso@bates.edu
Telephone:  207-786-6233

Sheila oversees Handshake and all subscription recruiting databases and manages the Center for Purposeful Work website. She gathers counseling statistics to help determine the needs of Bates students and alumni who use the Center for Purposeful Work’s services and tracks the first destination plans of Bates graduates.  She also oversees the center’s  office assistants.  Prior to coming to Bates, Sheila worked in adult education with students to help them obtain their GEDs.  She obtained a B.A. in American Studies from Westbrook College.

Rachel Forcillo ’18, Coordinator of Operations, Marketing, and Outreach

E-mail:  rforcillo@bates.edu
Telephone:  207-786-6231

Rachel strives to promote the mission of the Bates Center for Purposeful Work to both internal and external audiences. She supports the entire Center staff in the advertisement of all of their programming, including the Purposeful Work Internship and Job Shadow Programs. She is passionate about helping all students find purpose and meaning in their work at Bates and beyond. She stays connected to the student body (and cultivates her own sense of purpose) by teaching weekly yoga classes. Rachel graduated from Bates in 2018 with a B.A. in psychology and concentrations in visual art and English.

James H. Smith ’14, Purposeful Work Program Specialist

E-mail: jsmith6@bates.edu                                           Telephone: 207-786-6467

James assists in the administrative, data, and organizational tasks associated with the medical studies advising program and provides organizational and administrative support to the Bates Center for Purposeful Work internship and experiential programs. James maintains various records, databases, and network files. In addition, James helps coordinate the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program and the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair. In 2014, he obtained a B.A. in psychology from Bates College and has a background in corporate recruiting, and higher education human resources.

Karen Ouellette

Karen Ouellette, Recruiting & Events Assistant

E-mail: kouellet@bates.edu
Telephone:  207-786-6232

Karen assists the Employer Engagement team with employer recruiting and with the Purposeful Work internship program. Karen also works with employers in scheduling on-campus information sessions and interviews. In addition, she coordinates the logistics and planning for all Purposeful Work events, including workshops, off-campus events, and campus-wide programs. She also manages the office, serving as intake advisor for students, schedules appointments for students, alumni and other users of the office, and communicates with students, parents, alumni, employers, faculty, staff, and consortia partners about Purposeful Work resources and programs. Karen manages the employer side of the recruiting database, Handshake. Previously, she has worked in education on special grants for schools throughout the state of Maine, for a large Maine corporation, and in human services.

Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach and Visiting Instructor in Psychology

E-mail: rfrasert@bates.edu
Telephone:  207-786-8218

Rebecca has been interested in purposeful work ever since she received her BA from Drew University and had no clue what to do next. She spent her twenties earning a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and teaching in the Psychology Department at Bates, but there remained a lingering question of “what am I supposed to be doing with my life?” She gradually realized that asking that question through research and supporting others as they develop their own identities is what charges her up. She is thrilled to now be the Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work, in addition to remaining an active member of the Psychology Department. Rebecca has shared her thoughts about meaningful work in a variety of outlets, including The Huffington PostHuffPostLive, LifeAfterCollege.org, and the Stacking Benjamins podcast, in addition to on her own website, Working Self.