Willamette University

Career Network Fall Developments

September was a crucial month for the Career Network. At the same time that many of our career volunteers fi nished the largest new-graduate outreach effort we’ve ever put together, an important new resource, JobCat, came online. Add to that a series of webinars for graduates and regional receptions across the country, and you’re looking at a full semester.

Volunteer Outreach

We were thrilled that 42 career advisors and volunteers contributed this summer by reaching out to 392 recent graduates from the class of 2009. Their goal was to make personal contacts via phone or written note and to offer resources and reassurance to those alumni who might need the Career Network the most. Our volunteers performed fabulously, and we are grateful for the assistance they provided (and continue to provide) to recent alumni and their parents.


A collaborative effort between undergraduate Career Services (whose staff works with current students) and the alumni relations Career Network (whose staff and volunteers work with alumni), JobCat is a new posting system that manages the most useful job opportunities available to students and alumni.

JobCat is also the place where alumni can post job openings. It is now accessible through The Compass (willamettealumni.com) — just log in and navigate to the Career Network page. Based on your role (student or alumnus), you’ll have different options available when you log in.

Regional Receptions

Regional alumni receptions took place Oct. 5 in six locations around the western U.S. Our alumni in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley and Denver came together to network, swap college stories and make connections with those members of the Willamette community who live close to them. The casual receptions were organizedto facilitate several benefits, including new professional contacts, shared working knowledge and support. Alumni hosts or alumni relations staff members were present at all events to answer questions, and attendees received specifics on how the Career Network functions. Another reception took place in late September in Washington, D.C. Atkinson Graduate School of Management Dean Debra Ringold, holder of the JELD-WEN Chair in Free Enterprise, attended the event alongside alumni and other staff. The reception was open to alumni of all of Willamette’s schools.

Job Search 2.0 Webinars

The webinars continued this September as the Career Network offered live sessions to aid in the job search/advancement process. Topics included tapping into the hidden job market and ways to market a liberal arts degree.

Keep Up on the Web

To stay updated on Career Network events, news and online tools, bookmark willamette.edu/alumni/career_network.

Alumni Shots

Photos from recent alumni regional receptions in Seattle and Portland