Purpose: Alumni assist students by sharing their post-graduate path and experiences during an informal presentation on campus.
Process: Alumni contact the Career Development Office to arrange a date and time for a Career Connections session. The CDO arranges a room for the presentation, reserves necessary audio visual equipment, and advertises the Career Connections session based on information provided by alumni. Alumni share details of career choices, how they made decisions to work in specific jobs, how they chose certain graduate schools, and other interesting detours of their journey since leaving Grinnell In addition, alums often provide insight into what life is like in a specific city, how students might find internships, what skills are important to specific career paths, what differences there are in jobs within career areas, how to find and apply to jobs, what advice they have for applying to graduate schools, and anything else they believe students might find helpful. Most alumni will talk for 15-20 minutes and then offer time for questions and discussion.
Cost: Alumni pay for their own trip and accommodations or arrange to present a Career Connections session when they're already coming to campus for other reasons. However, the CDO can arrange to host the Career Connection via video or telephone conference if your schedule does not allow a trip to campus.