Career Advisor FAQ

  1. What is a Career Advisor?
  2. What do Career Advisors do?
  3. How do I become a Career Advisor?

1. What is a Career Advisor?

Career Advisors are a rich collection of alumni from a wide variety of professional fields and generations who have offered to share experiences and insights, as well as provide professional connections to current students and alumni in transition.

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2. What do Career Advisors do?

Career Advisors have many options for interacting and connecting with students and alumni. These include:

  • Switchboard. This simple platform allows WU community members to ask for what they need and offer what they have. Consider setting up alerts with key words related to your industry or job field so you are notified via email when someone is using those key words in a posting. You can even post jobs and internships here.
  • LinkedIn. Join the 3,000-strong WUAA group and post jobs, participate in discussions, and be open to students and alumni contacting you for advice.
  • Virtual Networking Events. Through eight-minute text-based chats, you can share experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network in one-on-one, real-time conversations. These hour-long events will happen monthly or bi-monthly, and some will include current students.
  • Regional Chapters. These are being reestablished in eight key areas around the country: the Puget Sound area, Hawai'i, Portland, Salem and the Willamette Valley, the Bay Area, Southern California, D.C. and New York City.

In addition, local area Career Advisors may be asked to participate at campus career events or speak in academic classes.

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3. How do I become a Career Advisor?

There is no formal application process to be a Career Advisor, but we would like to know that you are interested. Plus, we would like to send you a monthly volunteer e-newsletter with insider information, specific requests for help and tips for connecting. Contact Colleen Sump at csump@willamette.edu or 503-370-6748, and let her know how you would like to be involved or to share any suggestions you may have.

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