Connect With Us

We realize the COVID-19 pandemic has created an extremely difficult time for all of our students, as you navigate your next steps. Work and future feel uncertain for all of us. We want you to know that we acknowledge your concerns and want to assist and support you in all the ways that we can.

As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, we will share relevant information, provide guidance and encouragement, and offer strategies for moving forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us individually and to the general Purposeful Work email address ( with your needs and questions.

Self-Directed Purposeful Work Activities:

To engage with Purposeful Work while you have some extra time this winter, follow this self-directed guide that includes step-by-step modules, webinars, and related activities. You can move through the modules at your own pace, but also reach out at any time for more support.

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Purposeful Work Appointments:

We continue to offer appointments for students and alumni in a variety of formats including Zoom, phone, and Google Hangouts.

To easily schedule an appointment on your own, login to Handshake, go to the upper tab “Career Center” and then click “Appointments”.

Alternatively, please email with your needs and availability (M-F, 9AM-4PM EST). To facilitate scheduling, please include your best phone number and note your preference for virtual contact: phone, Zoom, Google Hangout, or other. You will receive email confirmation of your scheduled appointment.

A staff member will follow up with you should we need additional information to coordinate your appointment.

Drop Ins by Email:

Purposeful Work staff members are available every weekday 1-3 pm to review resumes, cover letters, and answer questions via email. If you send an email to by 3 pm, we will respond by 4:30 pm EST that same day.

Events, employer information sessions, workshops:

We continue to host events and workshops in virtual formats. Our events are posted on Handshake, publicized on Bates Today, and other means. In order for us to facilitate communication about events with students quickly and easily, please RSVP to events via Handshake

Check out:

The Purposeful Work YouTube channel for a variety of recorded workshops and alumni interviews!

The Employer Info Session Recordings for students.

Purposeful Work on Social Media and In the News:

Learn more about Purposeful Work by checking us out on social media and in the news.






Messages to Current Students:

Throughout December 2020, the Center for Purposeful Work sent several messages of support and encouragement to all students. With these messages, our goal was to provide strategies and resources for relaxation, exploration, and activation. The winter break is a great time to engage in any or all of these activities with meaning and intention. To access the messages, please check out the links below.








Spring/Summer 2020 Messages by Class

On-Campus Jobs with Purposeful Work (2020-21):

We are currently seeking applicants for the Purposeful Work Fellows position to work during the Winter Semester 2021. Applicants may also be considered for the Academic Year 2021-22, so students in the class of 2022 and 2023, even if living abroad, on temporary leave, or studying remotely, are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application with a resume and cover letter is February 21, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. More details can be found on Handshake.