Engage with Smeal Students

Give career advice to Smeal students

Be a Snack & Learn Panelist

Share your career experiences and professional development advice with students in the Business Building from 4:40 - 5:30 p.m. Sessions will be a panel-style discussion with prepared questions, as well as questions from the students in attendance. If you are interested in being a Snack & Learn panelist, please register here. Once you register, the Alumni Relations Office will be in touch with you to confirm your spot on the panel (space is limited). 

DateTopic
8/31 Networking & Informational Interviews: Be a part of a panel to help students learn how to starting building their professional network.
9/20 After the Fair, Now What?: Be a part of a panel to help students know how to follow up with companies after the fair and find other strategies to connect with employers
9/27 Translating Your Experiences: Be a part of a panel helping students learn how to articulate their skills, qualities and experiences on their resume and LinkedIn profile, through interviews, and during networking opportunities.
10/11 Understanding Offers & Asking for Extensions: Be a part of a panel that will discuss the best way to ask for extensions and answer other difficult hiring questions.
11/29 Transition to the Workplace & Navigating Challenging Conversations in the Work Environment: Be a part of a panel to help student understanding how to transition successfully to their professional internship, co-op or full-time job and discuss best practices for professional communication and ways to navigate challenging experiences such as difficult colleagues, being a good team member, conversations with a supervisor, and more.


Assist Students In-Person and Online During Career Preparation Events

Help students by providing them with feedback during various events in the Business Building and online. Students value the opportunity to learn from alumni so that they can improve their career fair and interview prep skills, industry knowledge, and become more comfortable networking. Register here to volunteer for a specific event. 

DateTopic

9/6

Mock Career Fair: Help students get ready for career fair season by giving students feedback on their 30-second pitch and overall impression. This event will take place from Noon - 3:00 p.m. in the Business Building. Alumni can sign up to volunteer for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. 

9/6

Save My Resume: Help review students’ resumes before the career fairs to provide last minute tips. This event will take place from Noon - 3:00 p.m. in the Business Building. Alumni can sign up to volunteer for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. 

9/6

Career Blitz: Help review students’ resumes before the career fairs to provide last minute tips. This event will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Business Building. 

10/16

Online Smeal Student & Alumni Meet-Up: Connect with students online to provide tips and advice on general career questions or industry specific questions. This event will take place from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EST online. 

10/18

Start Smart Salary Negotiating: Help students learn how to negotiate salary so students are paid what they are worth. Alumni can volunteer at this event from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Business Building. 

 

    Ongoing Opportunities

    Smeal students are often looking for quick advice from someone who works in a specific industry, company, or who lives in a specific part of the country or world.

    If you are interested in offering your insights and experiences to a student on a one-off basis, please contact the Smeal Alumni Relations Office.

    Additionally, by joining the official LinkedIn Group for Smeal alumni, you can connect with current students and share your advice in an on-line forum. Smeal is encouraging students to create a profile on LinkedIn and training them to reach out to alumni for advice in a professional manner.