Alumni are welcome to schedule a phone or in person appointment with a Career Services career advisor that works with alumni from the school from which you graduated. If you have a degree from more than one school at Penn, you may see an advisor in whichever school(s) you prefer. Career advisors can discuss:
- career transitions
- job search tips
- negotiating offers
- resume and cover letter reviews
- any other career-related topics
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 and gain insight into their career-related preferences.
Please note that because of staff availability, we typically are only able to schedule a limited number of appointments with alumni. Individuals who feel they may need more ongoing assistance may want to refer to the external career coaches list below.
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, 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.
Advisors 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.
Employers interested in hiring Penn students and alumni post positions on PennLink, our job and internship database. Accessing the job listings 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.
QuakerNet is a database of Penn graduates you can search by industry, employer name, major, degree, student clubs, and more. Although it is not appropriate to ask QuakerNet members for jobs, they can provide a wealth of information on career fields and organizations. Be sure to check out our informational interviewing tips.
Regional Wharton and Penn Clubs
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. 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.
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.
Penn Career Services has partnered with Jobtreks to offer Penn alumni a discounted Jobtreks subscription. Jobtreks web and mobile software is a personal org tool and CRM for your job search. Use Jobtreks rather than a spreadsheet to organize all aspects of your job search. Track target companies, contacts, job postings and applications, documents, such as resumes and cover letters, and to-dos. Access Jobtreks' database of companies, interview prep, 30+ job boards, and more. Penn alumni can purchase a discounted annual subscription for $49. Click here to sign up for a Jobtreks account and enter discount code: upennalum.
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 Barbara Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to receive the discount for Penn alumni.
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.
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