Tufts alumni pursue fascinating careers in a variety of industries. Every fall and spring, the Career Center brings talented alumni volunteers back to campus — virtually in Fall 2020! — to share their career experiences and advice with students of all class years and majors. Through both 1-on-1 appointments and an interactive Lunch & Learn, these alumni provide insider info about jobs, employers, career paths, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a virtual 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?This is a great opportunity to learn from someone who has first-hand knowledge of a career path that interests you. Your meeting is known as an informational interview, and you can consult our website for more about the process, including sample questions to ask the alumnus/a. You’ll want to make the most of your 20-minute appointment; it can go quickly! Come prepared with 5-7 questions to ask, and prioritize them so you get to your most important questions first.
What can I expect from a virtual Lunch & Learn with the Professional in Residence?The lunch discussion is another nice way to interact with a visiting Professional. You’ll benefit from opportunities to both ask questions and learn from questions asked by peers.
Do I need to bring a resume to my 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?
The Career Center provides links to student resumes for Professionals in Residence prior to the 1-on-1 appointments so they can get a sense of the students with whom they are meeting.
As far as having your document ready to show on screen during your 1-on-1, it depends! Perhaps you’d like to ask the Professional in Residence for a quick opinion about one of the bullet points on your resume or the order of your section headings. In these cases, you may want to have your document open and ready to share. The individual appointment isn’t intended to be a resume critique, however, so be sure to keep any resume questions brief and specific. In addition, please remember that the majority of our alumni volunteers are not hiring for particular jobs, so they won’t be collecting resumes the way career fair representatives would.
How should I follow up after my appointment? May I stay in touch with a Professional in Residence?
Following up with a thank you email is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the person’s time and advice. We offer sample notes on our website if you’re looking for a point of reference.
As with any networking scenario, options for keeping in touch are often part of the conversation. With a Professional in Residence, you might say, “May I have your email address? If it’s okay with you, I’d like to follow up in a month or so to let you know how my job/internship search is progressing.” OR perhaps “This conversation has been really helpful, and I’d like to stay in touch. May I send a LinkedIn connection request?” Important note: If you express an interest in keeping in touch with the person, make sure you actually do keep in touch in whichever way you specify.
What should I do if I need to cancel my virtual individual appointment or participation in the lunch discussion?When you reserve a time to speak with the Professional in Residence or sign up for the lunch discussion, it means we’re holding that spot for you. While we understand that true emergencies do occur, please let us know as soon as possible (ideally before the day of the event) if you need to cancel your appointment. This makes it more likely that another student will be able to take your place. In addition, the decision to no-show for an appointment may prohibit you from signing up for future Professional in Residence programs.