How to Get the Most Out of GradCON!
On Saturday, November 11th, come meet 35 graduate school alumni, from all divisions within the University, as they speak about their career paths and how they connect the skills and knowledge they learned at Brown to a tremendous variety of often unpredictable, always interesting, and wonderfully satisfying career opportunities.
- Meeting alums in your Brown network is a major benefit of being in the Brown community!
- Expand your thinking about career opportunities, make real networking connections, and get concrete advice from Brown alums who have been in your shoes!
Why GradCON 2017?
- Talk about career tracks, current and past employers, work culture, decision making, successes, and yes, missteps.
- Learn how alums fuse skills and talents - transferable skills - within careers in a myriad of work sectors.
- Hear what employers are looking for.
- Get advice on how to best use your time at Brown to be positioned for opportunities after Brown.
Who is coming?
- Grad alums are coming from around the country (and one international).
- Some have masters degrees, and some have doctoral degrees.
- Some are recent graduates and some are seasoned and experienced professionals.
- Some work for large organizations, some for themselves, and everything in between.
- Some work in business, some for the common good, some with government.
- Some love numbers and some love words.
- Some are educators, some are advocates, some are researchers, some are communicators, some are educators, some develop policy, some analyze, and some lead teams and organizations.
- Alums who all make an impact.
- Alums who all understand the unique value of GradCON 2017.
Check out this link to the panelists with their complete bios:
What is the format and the schedule for the day?
- 9:00-10:00 am: Student Breakfast, Kasper Multi-purpose Room
- 10:15-11:45 am: Alumni Career Panels, Panel #1 (all panels run twice)
- 12:00-1:00 pm: Networking Lunch, Kasper Multi-purpose Room (registration required)
- 1:15-2:45 pm: Alumni Career Panels, Panel #2
- 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Closing Wine/Beer Networking Reception, Brown Faculty Club
- 3:00-4:00 pm: LinkedIn PHOTO BOOTH! Free for everyone!
- BioSciences Research: Science Center, 3rd floor, SciLi
- Higher Education: Faculty Club, 2nd floor
- International: Bert 015, 85 Waterman, entry on Waterman St
- Arts/Culture: Maddock Alumni House 38 Brown St
- Data Science, AI, Physical Sciences: Writing Center, 5th floor, SciLi, Room 520
- Business/Consulting: Sheridan Center, 7th fl, SciLi, Room 720
- Government/Policy: CareerLAB, 167 Angell St, next to Paragon Restaurant
- Writing/Communications: Faculty Club, 2nd floor
- Health Policy/Consulting: Sayles Hall, Main Green
- OPEN: All graduate students are welcome to attend the Student Breakfast, two Alumni Career Panels, and the Closing Wine/Beer Networking Reception. Registration is requested for these events.
- LIMITED: Attendance at the lunch is limited. You will receive confirmation of your registration. (You can check on Saturday to see if there are empty seats.)
Should I only attend panels and network with alums from my department or division in the University?
- No! Think widely and broadly about your interests, and read the bios beforehand.
- Alumni from the humanities might be working for an employer in the sciences, and vice versa.
- Our alums have worked for many employers - you might find an employer of interest via a career arena you never considered.
What can I expect to get out of the day?
- Expect to discover how your skills, passions, and expertise are applicable and transferable.
- Expect to become more comfortable with networking and talking with alums.
- Expect to learn next steps toward successful job searching in various fields.
- Expect to talk to a lot of interesting people.
- Expect to introduce yourself (excellent practice for continued networking and eventually for interviewing).
- Review the bios of the panelists and decide who you want to seek out during the day.
- Review the schedule to figure out ahead of time which events you want to attend.
- Be ready with your elevator pitch -- a brief (approximately 30 second) introduction about your background, your work in the context of non-academic careers, and what skills you're developing and hope to utilize.
- Practice your short introduction! Talk about interests, areas of knowledge, and skills employers might be seeking.
- Prepare questions for the alumni panelists - What do you want to learn? What is confusing to you?
- Now is the time to ask!
- The dress code is business casual (but please don't feel like you need to purchase new clothes).
- Bring something to take notes with if you're so inclined.
- It isn't necessary to bring a resume.
How can I follow up with alumni?
- The bio books will have emails, but you are welcome to ask for business cards.
- The alumni are generously giving their time, so feel free to send a follow up email with a thank you.
Need help getting organized?
- Come to Grad Walk-ins at CareerLAB! Monday, 12-1pm; Tuesday, 5-6 pm; Wednesday 4-5pm, and Thursday, 3-4pm at the Writing Center, 5th floor, SciLi
- Come to practice your elevator speech, or to ask other questions
- The CareerCON logo says it well: Connections, Conversations, Confidence.
- This unique and valuable opportunity is at your door step.
- Enjoy, have fun, learn, and apply the advice from alums who have been where you are!