Career and Job Search Advising Appointments / Career Assessment
Alumni are welcome to schedule a phone or in person appointment with a Career Services career advisor 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 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. 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 coaching 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/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.)
QuakerNet and the Wharton Online Directory
QuakerNet (newly redesigned) is a database of Penn graduates and is searchable 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 employment outlooks. 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
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.
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. 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 Barbara Hewitt at email@example.com for information on how to receive the discount for Penn alumni.