Alumni from Annenberg, Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Design (formerly GSFA), Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing, Social Policy and Practice, Wharton Undergraduate, and Wharton Doctoral programs are welcome to use all the services of Career Services, with the exception of On-Campus Recruiting (OCR). (Alumni within one year of graduation are eligible for OCR with special permission from their counselor.)
Graduates from the schools of Dental Medicine, Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine should contact their schools directly. Graduates of the Wharton MBA Program should contact the MBA Career Management office.
Career and Job Search Advising Appointments / Career Assessment
Alumni are welcome to schedule a phone or in person appointment with a Career Services career counselor from the school from which you graduated. If you have a degree from more than one school at Penn, you may see a counselor in whichever school(s) you prefer. Career counselors are happy to discuss career transitions, job search tips, negotiating offers, resume and cover letter reviews, etc. For a small fee, alumni can also take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and/or the Strong Interest Inventory to help explore various career options.
External Career Coaches Referral List: Career Services is pleased to provide a referral listing of external, professional career coaches to assist alumni in their career development. These coaches can assist with career assessment, job search transitions, preparing resumes and cover letters, developing interview skills, online presence/social networking, and other career development needs. They have extensive experience in working with mid-level and senior managers and other more seasoned job seekers or those contemplating a career change. We have negotiated a reduced rate for Penn alumni interested in working with these coaches.
Graduate and Professional School Advising Appointments
Counselors are available to advise alumni on many aspects of applying to graduate and professional programs including applications, admissions requirements, researching programs, essays and financial aid. You may schedule an in-person or phone appointment.
On-Line Job Listings Through PennLink
Employers interested in hiring Penn students and alumni post positions on PennLink, our on-line job and internship database, on a daily basis. Accessing the job listings as an alum is free and easy. (Wharton undergraduate alumni with significant work experience (5+ years) or an MBA from another institution also have access to the MBA Career Management Job Board, Career Path.)
All of the Career Fairs sponsored by Career Services are open to alumni. We also maintain a list of career fairs that we learn of that are not sponsored by our office.
PACNet (Penn Alumni Career Network) and the Wharton Online Directory
PACNet is a database of Penn graduates who have volunteered to answer career-related questions for Penn students and alumni. Although it is not appropriate to ask PACNet advisors for jobs, they can provide a wealth of information on career fields and employment outlooks. Penn alumni also have access to the larger QuakerNet alumni directory. Wharton alumni may also wish to access the Wharton Alumni Directory which directly connects you with the global Wharton alumni network.)
Regional Wharton and Penn Clubs
Both the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School have active alumni clubs around the world to help you connect with other alumni.
Career Services maintains an active Twitter account, co-manages the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Group in LinkedIn, and maintains a career-related blog, Penn and Beyond. We also maintain various regional networking groups on Facebook which are dedicated to sharing housing resources for the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. among Penn students and alumni.
PennDesign Employer Contact Database
This database is a record of Career Services contact with employers (many of whom are alumni) who've expressed an interest in School of Design students
Informational Interviewing and Networking Tips
Be sure to check out our online informational interviewing tips and the pre-recorded webinar Networking Your Way to a New Job: Using Traditional Contacts and Social Media to Enhance Your Job Search which is available for viewing.
On-line Resources / Career Library
A wealth of information can be found on the Career Services website, most of which is available free of charge of alumni. While some of it is specifically focused on current students, much of the information (such as on interviewing, networking, resume writing etc.) will be equally useful to alumni. Undergraduate alumni should be sure to check out the main undergraduate homepage while graduate alumni should start at the graduate page. The Career Resources by Field page can be particularly useful for career exploration.
We have thousands of resources available in our extensive career library which alumni in the Philadelphia region are welcome to utilize.
Maintain a Credential File
Career Services had partnered with Interfolio, the premier web-based credential file management service since 1999, to help with maintenance and mailing of credentials letters for interested Penn students and alumni. You can find out more by clicking here.
Career Services has partnered with BlueSteps to offer Penn alumni career-long exposure to the world’s leading retained executive search firms with an exclusive 30% discount on a lifetime BlueSteps membership. (The lifetime fee will be approximately $230 with the discount.) The BlueSteps service will be most valuable for alumni with at least seven years of work experience. Please email Joan Corbett at email@example.com for information on how to receive the discount for Penn alumni. .
Ways to Stay Involved
Hire Penn Students and/or Alumni
Post Jobs or Internships on PennLink
Find great candidates for jobs and internships with your organizations by posting them on PennLink. It is free and easy to do. We also welcome alumni interested in scheduling an on-campus recruiting visit. (Note that third-party recruiters are asked to post their positions via the NaceLink Network.)
Represent Your Organization at a Career Fair
Career Services sponsors various career fairs throughout the year which can provide excellent opportunities to meet many qualified candidates in one day.
Mentor Penn Students
Join PACNet - Penn Alumni Career Network
Through PACNet Penn alumni can offer career advice and guidance to students and alumni with career questions. As a PACNet member, you’ll have an opportunity to provide information on your career area, employment outlook in your field, requirements for entry, and other issues specific to your job/industry. Sign up to be a PACNet mentor by clicking here.
Serve as an Externship Host
An externship is a "shadowing" program which allows Wharton undergraduate students a chance to observe a “day in the life” of professionals in careers of interest to them. Externships are typically held in early January (when students are on semester break) and in May after classes have ended. Externship hosts have the flexibility to design an externship experience unique to their particular career field. For more information on the 2012-2013 externship program, visit: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/undergrad/20122013ExternshipHostFlyerGeneral.pdf. If you would like to serve as an externship host for the 2012-2013 program, fill out a brief application form online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WZXQVSL Questions? Contact David Ross.
Serve as an Engineering Mentor
The SEAS Alumni Mentoring Program pairs alumni mentors with first-year undergraduate engineering students for one year. The goal of the program is for alumni to share their invaluable workplace and educational experience with students beginning to explore career and school options and paths. Each one-to-one mentor/student pair typically communicates throughout the year via email and phone, and when possible meet in person. With questions, please contact the program administrator: Jamie Grant, Associate Director of Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 898-3012.
Make a Social Media Contribution
Do you have career related thoughts to share with students or other Penn alums? We welcome entries for our Penn and Beyond blog. We also are always seeking alums who would like to 'tweet" for a day about their daily work activities through our PennCareerDay twitter feed. Contact Shannon Kelly at email@example.com if interested in contributing.