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Access2Alumni is a career mentoring event during which alumni from the College of Arts and Humanities return to campus to share their insights and experiences. This event is a wonderful opportunity to explore your career goals as well as discover new and interesting career directions. The event also offers you an opportunity to strengthen your networking skills. Below are some helpful guidelines to help you navigate this event to make the most of your experience.

 

  • The dress code is business casual and you are encouraged to dress professionally. The alumni understand you are a student and will likely be forgiving if you are dressed more informally. You can expect to see the alumni in jackets, ties and dress suits.
  • When you arrive, there will be a check-in table where you will receive a nametag and program
  • When you enter Orem Hall you are welcome to sit at one of the many roundtables. The tables will have signs indicating a career field and there will be about 3 alumni at each table representing that industry.
  • There will be 3 roundtable sessions of 15 minutes each following the keynote address. At the discretion of the alumni, the conversation can be table-wide or individual/small group discussions. There will also be alumni hosts who will be stationed in the back of the room as floaters, please network with them as well.
  • During each session, please expect the following:
    • Alumni will lead the conversation and begin with brief introductions
    • Students are encouraged to ask questions and share their career interests or uncertainty
    • Show respect for your fellow students and allow everyone to participate
    • Respect the ending time of session. At the chime, please switch to a new table. 
  • You are encouraged to follow-up with the alumni you meet. Many alumni enjoy hearing from students afterwards – send an email to say thank you, ask further questions, request a resume review, or inquire about a job/internship. While this is not a career fair, some students have connected with internships and future employers.
  • There will be plenty of food and refreshments at the back of the room, please help yourself.
  • Please fill-out the evaluation – you will be entered into a drawing for a special prize.

 

Useful networking questions:

  • What do you find most enjoyable about your work?
  • How did you get your start in this field?
  • What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis? 
  • What is the work-life balance in your work? How often do you work evenings and weekends?
  • What developments or trends do you see on the horizon for your industry?
  • How has your industry changed in the past five years? What changes have you seen inside your company?
  • What would be my earning potential if I entered this field?
  • To advance in this field, what kind of further education or training would you suggest?
  • If you could start all over again, how would you change your career path?
  • What is the background of most senior-level executives in your organization?
  • What educational preparation would you recommend for someone who wants to advance in this field?
  • What qualifications do you look for in a new hire?
  • How does your company compare with others in your industry?
  • What personal attributes are essential for success in your profession?
  • Can you recommend any seminars or conferences I should attend to learn more about this field?
  • What professional websites or publications should I be aware of?
  • Are you a member of professional organizations or associations? Which ones do you feel are the most important to belong to?
  • Who else would you recommend I speak with? When I call, may I use your name?

 

Need additional help or advice?

 

Connect with the University Career Center at ARHU – 1118 Francis Scott Key Hall

Schedule an appointment with Kate Juhl through Careers4Terps at www.Careers.umd.edu

visit walk-in career advising on Mondays 1:30-3:30 pm and Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am