Penn Alumni Career Network (PACNet)
PACNet is our new and improved version of our career network through which Penn alumni can offer career advice and guidance to students and alumni with career questions. Although it is not appropriate to ask PACNet advisors for jobs, they can provide a wealth of information on career fields and employment outlooks. This resource is only available to current degree-seeking students and alumni.
As a PACNet member, you will 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 as well as be able to access other advisors with questions of your own.
We hope you will join PACNet. The advice and support you can give our students and alumni are invaluable.
As a PACNet member, you will have access to career advice and guidance from alumni. You will have the ability to search in PACNet on a variety of criteria, including geography, industry, job type, major, and mentoring interest.
If you have questions regarding PACNet, please contact Claire Klieger in Career Services at 215-898-7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the Penn Alumni Online Community, please contact Alumni Relations at 215-898-7811 or email email@example.com.
Need help getting started? Watch our Guide to searching PACNet and Networking with Alumni Efficently.
We are pleased that you are taking advantage of the Penn Career Network. The directory currently has nearly 2000 advisors. Please review the following Guidelines and Suggestions. Remember, you are not asking for a job. You are simply gathering information about a career. A link to the Network is provided at the bottom of this section.
- For general information see Tips for Informational Interviews.
- Make your appointment with the advisor 3 or 4 weeks in advance. Be flexible and have a variety of times you can be available. If you are not able to meet with the advisor in person, try to schedule a convenient time to speak on the phone. Many advisors are also happy to offer advice via e-mail.
- Be familiar with the industry and organization before meeting with the advisor. For information to help focus your questions see our Notes on Panels and Programs page.
- If you wish, you may write a brief letter of introduction before contacting an advisor by telephone or e-mail to let him or her know that you will be calling to make an appointment.
- Arrive on time. If you know you will be late, call and let the advisor know.
- Come prepared with questions. This will help you organize your thoughts on what you want to learn.
- Respect the advisor's time - don't wear out your welcome. The average time for an information interview is about 30 minutes.
- Be sure to send a thank you note following the interview.
- Be prepared to answer questions concerning your interests, values, skills and where you would like to use them.
- It is a good idea to ask the person you interview for referrals to others who might be able to provide valuable information on the career(s) that you are considering.