Several young alumnae/i returned to campus to offer students advice about how best to make the transition from college to professional life or graduate school. The March 7 event, which was sponsored by the Career Development Office, included a panel discussion about how to launch a successful job hunt—and how to network. Some tips from panelists were published in the Summer/Fall Quarterly. Here are a few more:
|To reap the benefits of networking, you don’t need to maintain lots of very strong, deep connections, but a web of many acquaintances. Don’t feel awkward about approaching someone you’ve met only once to ask about a position at their company, an internship in their field, or an informational interview. People are happy to help if they can.
--Auni Gelles ’10, program assistant, Maryland Humanities Council
|When it comes to networking, don’t be shy. People like talking about themselves and helping other people, so it never hurts to ask.
--Julia Ostroff ’11, development assistant, Center Stage
|Step out of your comfort zone. Connections made through friends or family can be very valuable, but if you’re interested in something and no one has a lead, don’t be afraid to look up an individual or an organization on the Internet and give them a call.
--Michelle Yellin ’11, shop assistant/preservation apprentice, Traditional Builders Inc.
|Always follow up with people who offer to help you, even if they’re not in your field, and even if you aren’t really sure they can help you: You never know.
--Kathryn Barrett ’07, graduate student in intercultural communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County