Launching into a successful career takes work - building a resume by taking courses and engaging in a variety of experiences over four years, learning and applying job search strategies, and knowing how to convey your value to employers.
It also takes the support of a network: individuals who mentor you by offering advice, connecting you with professionals in your field, and sharing opportunities such as internships and job leads. According to experts, fewer than 30% of job openings are published on job search sites. A strong professional network is therefore vital.
Alumni are available to mentor you
Beloit College’s mentor network, the Power Grid, is built upon the intersections of alumni with employers, and is accessible to students from their first year on. Soon after your arrival at Beloit College, you’ll be invited to meet alumni and employers in your fields of interest. These connections will then power you to gain entry to companies, nonprofits, and the public sector when you’re ready to search for internships and jobs.
The Power Grid works because it is populated by Beloit alumni and employers who have benefited from their connections with Beloiters. The Power Grid enables alumni to pay it forward, to help the students who came behind them to succeed and thrive.
A distinctive feature of Career Channels is faculty and staff connections with alumni. Beloit College alumni contribute to each Career Channel by participating in panel discussions and workshops, giving keynote talks, making class visits, and hosting informational interviews.
All of these help get you ready for industry-specific job markets. Alumni also become trusted advisors as you prepare for your next professional move.
The Executive in Residence program connects students with a a leader in a particular industry.
Executives in Residence are highly successful alumni who help students translate key skills and strengths into a professional narrative, while developing an understanding of what it means to be a current and future leader.
Executives in Residence teach classes about navigating the workplace and leadership, and advise and mentor students.
Matt Laszlo'92 draws on his business experiences, including as an executive with a Fortune 500 company, to lead a course called Navigating Your (Business) Career.
The Beloit College Alumni Association Board is deeply invested in your professional success. Members connect their own networks with the alumni network in order to open even more opportunities to you.
As an example, board members partner every year with the Career Channels program and Career Accelerator to offer dedicated workshops and keynote talks about networking.
Student athletes and alumni gather in the Sanger Center for the Sciences atrium, to discuss the ways that a college athletic career impacts success in the workplace.
The 1889 Council is an advisory board of alumni athletes who are dedicated to Beloit College’s success. They remain connected to Beloit’s athletics program by assisting with recruitment, fundraising, and building the Bucs’ fan base.
For the past seven years, the 1889 Council has also created opportunities to mentor student athletes and share the ways that a collegiate athletic career can develop remarkable strengths in students. Members participate in panel discussions and host athlete-focused networking events during Beloiter Days.
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