Alumni Services and Opportunities
Career Services News for Alumni
Jennifer Gingrich Christianson ’99, a German/music grad and current high school German teacher, was one of eight educators to receive the Goethe‐Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit at the recent annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that 17.7 percent of 2015 bachelor’s degree grads pursued continuing education, while 25.1 percent of 2015 SU grads reported doing so.
Austin native and psychology graduate Sanna Maknojia ’16 wanted her work to benefit people. She considered pursuing social work but discovered an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to try something new. Using research and communication skills developed at Southwestern, and the same ethic of care that motivated her major selection, Maknojia recently co-founded Trek, an Austin ridesharing company, together with her cousin. Proving that you never know where your career direction will take you, she quipped, “I’m a psychology graduate who accidentally turned into businesswoman!”
Recently, Phuong-Hieu Nguyen ’14, Associate at PwC in New York, NY, celebrated the value of the Southwestern University network during an encounter with fellow accounting alumnus Marlin Brown ’89 in Bangkok, Thailand.
How We Can Help You
Career Services staff are available for at least one 30-minute appointment for assistance with resume development, self- assessment, career exploration, the job search process and graduate school application. Phone consultations are also possible for out-of-town alumni.
Check out our Handouts page of downloadable resources for resume writing, interviewing, networking, job searching and applying to graduate and professional school.
If you’re in the area, stop by the Career Services’ Resource Center, which has a large collection of print publications for students and alumni to help explore career fields and conduct a job search. There are even several useful workshops recorded on video available to watch at Career Services.
How are your etiquette skills? Need a refresher? Take our online etiquette course and brush up on your social manners.
The Internet is a great research tool for exploring careers and conducting a job search, but there is so much information it can be overwhelming. See our Internet Links section for a list of topics for which we have found and organized links to make your search a little easier.
Career Services has several assessment tools available for alumni to use to identify interests, skills and personality traits. To get the results of TypeFocus Careers personality instrument, Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment and/or the Strong Interest Inventory, you must contact Career Services for the password and schedule an appointment (phone or in-person). TypeFocus is available free of charge to students and alumni and nominal fees apply for the other assessments. To learn more, visit our Self-Assessment page.
Alumni are eligible to attend information sessions of companies recruiting at Southwestern and, if space permits, participate in interviews (provided they are preselected to interview by the employer). For details on recruiting events, see our Calendar.
Develop a professional resume to store on a web-based job search and resume referral site. You must be registered with PirateLink and have an updated, targeted resume in the system to be eligible for on-campus recruiting opportunities targeted at alumni. Contact Career Services for the password and register today with PirateLink.
How You Can Help Us
Career Services offers numerous opportunities for SU alumni to get involved with current students. Alumni from all academic backgrounds in a variety of occupations can help current students explore majors and career fields, give advice about choosing and preparing for careers and act as networking contacts. These contacts can be continued after students graduate and join the ranks of successful SU alums to mutually serve both individuals in their future endeavors.
Throughout the year, Career Services presents an array of educational programs and events to help prepare students for the future. Events that typically provide opportunities for Alumni to serve as presenters, panelists or mentors include:
Career Connections BBQ
A lunchtime program in the Spring co-sponsored by Alumni Relations in which students enjoy barbecue with Alumni and then have 30-minute informational interview sessions with an Alum in an occupational area of interest.
A series of one-hour programs featuring alumni describing their career experiences in various industries (e.g. accounting, gaming, humanities, law, etc.). Topics rotate each semester.
Pirate to Pro
Two one-hour sessions (with a dinner in between for presenters) in September to prepare seniors for the job search and underclassmen for the internships search, in which employers (can be Alumni) discuss resume development, interviewing skills, and job search strategies.
Alumni Networking Contact
“What’s your major?” Remember that all-important question? Now put it in perspective: Your in- and out-of-class experiences likely worked together to foster your career growth, not your major alone. Current students need help from experienced grads to see those connections.
Career Services needs assistance from SU alumni to help current students explore a variety of majors and career fields. Serve as a point of contact for your major and/or current occupation, whether you took a direct or indirect route from one to the other. Topics students may want to ask alumni contacts about include how they chose their career, advice for preparing for careers, resume preparation, realistic idea of entry-level salary, suggestions for professional organizations to join, suggestions for courses to take, daily activities of your job, whether you recommend grad school for your job, etc. The easiest way to connect? Join the Association of Alumni and Friends group on LinkedIn!
The mentorship you provide can help shape the career path of a fellow alum or soon-to-be SU graduate. They will most certainly value your real-world experience and be appreciative of any advice you are able to provide.
Internships, Externships and On-Campus Recruiting
SU alumni can be great contacts for current students and other Alumni interested in gaining practical experience or even full-time employment in the workplace. If you and your organization would like to consider sponsoring an SU intern, please click here for more information. If you would like more information about recruiting and hiring SU grads, please click here. To learn about our Externship program, where individuals or small groups of SU students visit employer worksites for part of a day, please click here.
Ready to Contact Us?
We are excited to hear from you, even if you just want more information! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in helping with any of the above-listed projects.
For questions, Career Services staff can be reached via email or by phone at 512-863-1346.