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Career Development Series

 

In partnering with Lynn D'Angelo, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Counseling & Career Development with the Career Services Office, the Graduate Life Office has been able to offer resources and workshop opportunities to Graduate Students in an effort to prepare and professionalize students for life after Lehigh. 

 

Connect with Alumni and Other Professionals

LinkedIn

Connect with a broader range of professionals through LinkedIn.  Use the alumni feature and groups, especially the Lehigh University Alumni Group. This group grows by approximately 200 new members every month.

To join the Lehigh Alumni group:

  • Go to the “Alumni” tab on the Lehigh home page
  • Select “Career Solutions” from the drop-down box
  • Click the “Lehigh on LinkedIn” link, on the left
  • Click “Join Group” in you have a LinkedIn account, or “sign up” to create your LinkedIn account

Alumni Club Events

Get to know members of the extended Lehigh community. Alumni are delighted to connect with students as a way of “giving back” to the university. Attend alumni events taking place across the country, including here in Bethlehem. Some events are purely recreational and some involve a career or professional development theme.

For event information and registration:

  • Go to the “Alumni” tab on the Lehigh home page
  • Select “Clubs and Alumni Alliances”
  • Click “Regional Alumni Clubs page”
  • Follow registration instructions.

Career Networking Receptions Sponsored by the Alumni Association

Join alumni during these events which are scheduled throughout the year. Check the schedule periodically.

For event information and registration:

  • Go to the “Alumni” tab on the Lehigh home page
  • Select  “Career Solutions”
  • Click on the “Networking Receptions” link on the left.

Graduate Life Facebook Fan Page

This feature is especially great for connecting with young alumni.

Campus and Community Events

Attend career fairs and other events on or off campus (including sporting events: http://www.lehighsports.com/) bringing you together with outside professionals, even if your expected graduation date is several years in the future. Networking is a process that takes time. The earlier you begin to forge relationships, the better your prospects for finding opportunities when you are ready to go on the market.

Specific Employer Events

Information Sessions – Organizations who conduct on-campus interviews at Lehigh usually host information sessions on campus prior to their interview day. It is extremely important to attend these events if you have been selected for an interview. If you were excited about a certain company but were not selected for an interview, attend the information session anyway. Some students get themselves added to interview schedules when they meet the recruiters in person during these sessions, and make a positive impression.

The schedule of information sessions can be found on LUCIE Experience through September 14th:

  • Logon to LUCIE
  • Select the “Calendar” tab
  • Select “Events Search”
  • From the drop down box entitled “By Event Type,” select “information sessions”
  • Click on company name for more details

Note: Information Session dates and locations will be available on the NEW LUCIE system, beginning September 15th. Attend a  NEW LUCIE: 2.0 overview session to find out how to access this information.

 

Employer Tailgate Parties and Other Events – Learn about the culture of organizations and show you are serious about their opportunities by attending their events. Employers are more likely to extend offers to students who participate in their live events, than to those who do not.

 

Professional Associations and Conferences

Join professional associations related to your discipline. Connect with other members and look for opportunities to volunteer. Your faculty will provide guidance regarding academic conferences.         

Get Involved – Connect with Classmates & Develop “Soft Skills”

Graduate Student Senate Events

Cultural Breakfasts (Ongoing)

This event is an opportunity for students to have breakfast and chat in a very relaxed setting.  Graduate student ethnic clubs (i.e. CSSA, India Club, Thai Student Association, etc.) cook the food of their homelands for other students. It takes place at the Packer House (217 W. Packer Avenue) on Thursdays from 10 AM to 11 AM.  The full schedule is available here: http://www.lehigh.edu/gss/.

GSS General Meetings (Ongoing)

The mission of the Lehigh University Graduate Student Senate is to serve as the representing body of the Graduate Student community in all matters pertinent to the graduate programs and Graduate Student life at Lehigh University.  Meetings take place in Rauch 091 every other Wednesday from 12 Noon to 1 PM.  The full schedule is available here: http://www.lehigh.edu/gss/.

Special Events

From Halloween Parties to Pumpkin Picking to Wine and Cheese, the GSS holds a variety of events throughout the year to help students enjoy their time at Lehigh and develop their social and professional skills.  A weekly calendar can be found here: https://gradlife.web.lehigh.edu/weekly-buzz

Toastmasters, Lehigh University

Meet fellow students and improve your public speaking skills. Contact the GSS for additional information.

Graduate Life Office Events

Tuesdays @ 10 (Ongoing)
This event is an opportunity for students to have breakfast and chat in a very relaxed setting.  Bagels, muffins, coffee, tea, and juice are served at the Packer House (217 W. Packer Avenue) every Tuesday from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Women’s Exchange

Women’s Exchange is a meeting for female graduate students to talk about finding work-life balance in graduate school and the unique issues that face female graduate students.  This takes place at the Packer House (217 W. Packer Avenue) every other Thursday from 12 Noon to 1 PM. Registration required.

What’s Brewing

This series is coming soon to the Packer House.  Students will be asked to talk for 5-10 minutes on a subject they are passionate about – that is NOT their research.  Students will have the opportunity to talk about the presentation in a relaxed way and learn more about their peers beyond academics.  Details coming soon!  Keep checking http://gradlife.web.lehigh.edu/programs/brewing for more information.

A full list of student clubs funded by the Graduate Student Senate is available here: https://gradlife.web.lehigh.edu/gss/current_clubs

A list of GSS-GLO events on a weekly basis can be found here:

https://gradlife.web.lehigh.edu/weekly-buzz

 

Some interesting links:

Chronicle of Higher Ed which contains career advice for graduate students.  It's a free downloand, called "Higher Ed: From Soup to Nuts."

Academic Job Search forum that was held on Friday, November 7, 2014, can be viewed here.