Colgate’s passionate alumni network is a significant resource for students as they develop and learn to utilize a professional network in their chosen career field.
Colgate Career Services focuses much of its programming on creating opportunities for interactions between students and professional alumni. These interactions and collaborations with working professionals allows students to develop and grow their networks while learning about different industries and organizations.
The shared Colgate connection is an easy foundation on which to build relationships — especially given the passion regularly displayed by Colgate alumni for alma mater.
Some of the opportunities for students and alumni to meet one another and expand their networks include:
A Day in the Life is the university’s longstanding job-shadowing program for first-year and sophomore students. Each student participant is paired with a professional to shadow for a day, receiving an introduction to the alumnus’s career and professional setting.
Career Exploration Week is a large-scale virtual program that connects current students with alumni for career panels and informational interviews. This program is designed to meet many of the same learning outcomes as our traditional A Day in the Life job shadow program. By participating in Career Exploration week, students will learn about potential career interests, expand their network, and hear how others have connected their liberal arts education with career opportunities.
Students on immersion trips explore the professional world through employer site visits and networking events. On these trips, students learn about career options, experience cultural differences between organizations firsthand, and make networking contacts with high-level professionals in fields of interest.
In collaboration with the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, these trips may be spearheaded by student organizations. Regardless of their sponsors, all trips are planned with student input. Past trips have highlighted finance, consulting, biotech, non-profits, and the arts.
SophoMORE Connections is one of Colgate Career Services’ most popular and distinctive programs. It is an immersive, two-day on-campus program for students in their sophomore year featuring professional alumni panels, discussions, and networking events. Panels and discussions are led by more than 120 alumni returning to campus for the event.
The program provides sophomore students the opportunity to explore professional options, build networks, and learn what skills they may wish to develop in the junior and senior years to compete professionally after graduation.
The biannual Wolk Conference on Medical Education features panels and networking opportunities between students and alumni from various health professions. For more information, contact Career Services.
An annual event, Prep for Tech connects students with alumni working in coding, programming, and technology to practice interviewing skills. The event draws alumni to campus both in person and virtually to provide students with mock interview opportunities.