Being Da Vinci: Helping Our Alumni Sculpt New Identities for a Changing World

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Meridith Apfelbaum, M.S.
Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services
Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis University

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  • 1. Being Da Vinci: Helping Our Alumni Sculpt New Identities for a Changing World Presented by: Meridith Apfelbaum, M.S. Assistant Director for Alumni Career Services Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis University
  • 2. Workshop Overview
    • Da Vinci: Poster Child for Current Economy
    • Alumni: Career Counseling Appointments
    • Alumni: Expanded Resources for All Stages of Career Development
    • Alumni: Programming
    • Plans for Future of Alumni Career Services
    • Q & A
  • 3.  
  • 4. Da Vinci: Poster Child for Current Economy
    • Painter, Sculptor, Scientist, Inventor, Mathematician, Philosopher, Vegetarian!
    • Help alumni clients to find their “Inner Da Vinci”
    • Identify and promote transferable skills and talents across fields/sectors – think broadly
    • Normal for people to change jobs and careers multiple times during their working life – Help them be comfortable with change!
  • 5. Alumni: Career Counseling Appointments
    • Increase in alumni appointments
    • 2007 – 2008: 400 half-hour
    • 2008 – 2009: 800 hour-long
    • We have changed policy: No longer 1 – 5 years out. Unlimited appointments for all class years.
    • This year we saw alumni from the 50’s – 2008. Majority were from 80’s, 90’s, and past 9 years.
  • 6. Alumni: Career Counseling Appointments
    • 60% over the phone
    • 40% in-office
    • Brandeis House/Alumni Reunion Weekend
    • Top 3 Reasons:
    • Job Search – due to lay-off, relocation, reduced hours
    • Career Exploration/Change – people are taking the opportunity to reinvent themselves
    • Graduate/Law School Application Process
  • 7. Alumni: Career Counseling Appointments
    • Strengthened Relationship with Alumni Relations and Development Offices:
    • Promote appointments through monthly alumni newsletters, listing our web site on their site, student phone-a-thon workers
    • Now provide us with access to alumni who are willing to participate in programming that will benefit our current students; panels, networking events, shadow mentors, and funding sources for internships and fellowships
  • 8. Expanded Online Alumni Resources
    • We created a new alumni web site last summer.
    • Alumni LOVE having a tailored online resource just for them.
    • Our Alumni Career Articles have been especially timely.
  • 9. Expanded Physical Library Resources
    • Selected Titles:
    • “ How to Say It on Your Resume” – templates for a variety of situations; career changer
    • “ In Transition” – great reflection exercises
    • “ The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People”
    • “ Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis”
    • “ Second Acts” – guide to reinventing yourself
  • 10. Expanded Alumni Programming
    • Key Programs & Initiatives for 08-09
    • Networking Workshop for Boston Alumni Club
    • Tutorial of Hiatt’s Online Resources for Boston Alumni Club
    • Managing Your Career in Tough Economic Times: Tips for the Mid-Career Professional or Job Changer - during Alumni Reunion Weekend
    • January NYC & DC Alumni & Student Networking Events
    • Fall & Spring Career Fairs
    • Green Career Forum
    • Doctors Without Borders Alumni Keynote
    • Get the Scoop on Life After ‘Deis
    • Alumni Law School Advice Guide
    • Summer & Winter Break Alumni/Student Shadowing Program
  • 11. Moving Forward: Plans for 2009-2010 School Year
    • Continued Collaboration with Boston, NY, & DC Alumni Clubs
    • Archived Online Workshops & Podcasts
    • Live Webinars – to reach larger audiences
    • Skype for individual career counseling appointments across the globe
  • 12. Da Vinci: Words of Wisdom
    • “ Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”
  • 13. Q & A