Career Advisor FAQ
- What is the Career Advisor Program?
- What do career advisors do?
- Who can be a career advisor? How do I sign up?
- What can a career advisor help with?
The cornerstone of the Career Network, the Career Advisor Program is a rich collection of Willamette alumni, parents and friends who prove the old adage: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Connections are essential to success and one of the most valuable resources alumni have is their connection to other Willamette alumni.[back to top]
Career advisors share experiences, offer insights and provide professional connections to current students and other alumni. They are not expected to make job offers or to necessarily know of jobs that are available.[back to top]
Any Willamette alumnus, parent or friend who has a heart for helping and who is willing to share their expertise, experiences and knowledge. To sign up, email Colleen Sump at firstname.lastname@example.org.[back to top]
- Hands-On Experience: Often times, the best way to make a decision about a career path is to get some hands-on experience. Many career advisors have insider knowledge about job shadowing, volunteering, internships and mentorships.
- Career Transition: You’re in a career transition and you need some new ideas or suggestions about how you could apply your experience and skills to a different industry.
- Entering the Workforce After College: You’re a recent graduate with a vague idea about what you’d like to do. A career advisor can give you insider knowledge about trends and career paths that can help you narrow your career target.
- Active Job Search: When you’re in an active job search, the more people you talk to, the better you’ll be positioned to take advantage of the right opportunity at the right time.
- Geographic Relocation: You have relocated and need to find a job. A career advisor in your new city may be able to provide some advice about the job market in your new location, as well as provide networking ideas.
- Career/Occupational Research: You want some accurate information about the careers that interest you, including networking events, professional organizations, contacts, experiential opportunities and trade shows/conferences.
- Application Material Preparation: You are preparing an industry or position-specific application and would like someone to review you resume, letter, writing samples or portfolio.