Services for Alumni


Career and Job Search Advising/Career Assessments
Networking Tools
Graduate and Professional School Advising
Online Resources / Career Library
Job Listings through Handshake
Interfolio/Credential Files
Career Fairs
Eligibility

Career and Job Search Advising / Career Assessment

Alumni are welcome to schedule a phone or in person appointment with a Career Services career advisor who works with alumni  from the school from which you graduated. You may call the office to schedule an appointment or do so through Handshake if you have set up your account. 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.

Graduate and Professional School Advising 

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 either by calling the office of scheduling with an advisor through Handshake.

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Job Listings through Handshake

Employers interested in hiring Penn students and alumni post positions on Handshake, our job and internship database. Accessing the job listings is free and easy.You can also use the platform to scheduled appointments and browse select online resources.

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, CareerPath. To access it, go to the Wharton MBA Career Management website and click on the "Wharton Alumni" button to authenticate.

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Career Fairs

All of the Career Fairs sponsored by Career Services are open to alumni. We also maintain a list of external career fairs not sponsored by Penn.

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Networking Tools

QuakerNet

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.

Career Networking from Alumni Relations

Penn Alumni Relations hosts a variety of career networking resources, including regularly scheduled Career Tools webinars and the online Career Networking Book Club.

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.

Social Media

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.  

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Online Resources 

Online Resources

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.

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Interfolio/Credential Files

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.

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Eligibility

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.

For a full list of who we serve and a description of our polices, please refer to this page.

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