ALUMNI ACTIVITIES • Summer 2002  

Career Connections—
A Step Ahead

SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE WITH FELLOW ALUMNI AND STUDENTS.

Looking for a new job? Changing careers? Relocating? These kinds of changes are always a challenge, but a network of knowledgeable advisers can help. With Career Connections, one of the newest online services for WU alumni, your network is just a mouse-click away. Coordinated by the Washington University Career Center, Career Connections is a Web-based system linking students and alumni from all schools on the Hilltop Campus. It allows users to search a database of Washington University alumni, parents, and others who have registered and are willing to share information about their careers and experiences.

Stories of Networking Success

Karen Hulebak, A.B. '75, is senior advisor for scientific affairs at the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in Washington, D.C., and she has served as a resource for future alumni who plan a career in science. "Washington U. students and alumni are an exceptional group," she says. "They are intelligent, interesting people, and I always learn something."

Hulebak began her activities as a mentor when she participated in two panel discussions on campus for science students interested in career options in addition to teaching and research. Several students called her to follow up, and she has continued to welcome student inquiries. She recently registered as a resource with Career Connections.

"It's incredibly rewarding to share my experience with people just starting out in their careers," she says. "I encourage them to consider a wide range of options in their initial career choices. It really helps to have someone tell you that your training is valuable in many fields. I think that a wide variety of experience is valuable throughout your life. Make decisions based on what you think you should do, not on what other people think."

Adam Schwartz, B.S.B.A. '01, M.S.B.A. '02, is an enthusiastic proponent of the Washington University alumni network. After graduating from the Olin School of Business, Schwartz began his career in New York City at Banc of America Securities. His job search was unusually challenging because he shifted his focus from tax accounting to leveraged finance.

"Using online and other networking services, I identified Washington University alumni who worked at companies I was interested in," he says. "One call led to another, and I met four WU alumni who are with my current employer. In an intensely competitive situation, it really helped that they knew my background and could give me an endorsement."

Schwartz says, "As Washington University alumni, we need to be proactive about helping each other succeed. Creating those kinds of personal connections builds credibility in professional circles and strengthens the value of your own degree. It's a great return on investment."

Brent Sobol, B.S.B.A. '98, has a degree in international business from Olin. He began his career with a "dot.com" company, but when Internet-based businesses began to falter, he started investigating a career change. "Washington University was my first step," he says. "I wanted to relocate to Atlanta, so I looked on the WU Web site for alumni in the Atlanta area. I found Richard James, a 1968 graduate of the engineering school who had been in my fraternity, Sigma Nu, and I called him. He ended up offering me a job."

Today, Sobol is with R. James Properties in Atlanta, which specializes in apartment management and real estate investment. Sobol says, "I don't see it as luck. It's a matter of identifying your resources and going after them. The online Career Connections database is a terrific tool for advancing your goals. I'd tell any WU alum, 'Take a chance and do it.'"

Sign Up for Career Connections Today!

To take advantage of Career Connections and all the free online services for alumni, visit the Alumni Association home page at www.alumni.wustl.edu. You must first log on to the password-protected Alumni Directory, using the seven-digit number that appears adjacent to your name on most official University mailings. Enter the Alumni Directory to access all of our online services.

Career Centers and Services

In addition to the online Career Connections service, alumni career services are available to you from the school from which you graduated (scope of services, as well as fees, may vary by school).

Architecture, Art, and Arts & Sciences
Career Center
(314) 935-5930
http://career-3.wustl.edu

Olin School of Business
Weston Career Resources Center (WCRC)
(314) 935-5950
www.olin.wustl.edu/wcrc/alumni

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Engineering Career Services (ECS)
(314) 935-6130
http://career.seas.wustl.edu/

School of Law
Career Services Office
(314) 935-6451
www.wulaw.wustl.edu/CSO

School of Medicine
Alumni Relations Office
(314) 286-0020
shepherda@msnotes.wustl.edu

George Warren Brown School of Social Work
GWB Career Services
(314) 935-4245
http://gwbweb.wustl.edu/jobs/

Alumni painted park benches in New York City during the 2001 October "Month of Caring."

Participate in the "Month of Caring"

Plan now to join other Washington University alumni and friends in community service projects next October. It's all part of the Alumni Network's Month of Caring, as alumni and friends around the country get together for a day of fun and service in their communities. The first Month of Caring, in October 2001, was a great success as Washington University Clubs organized community service days for scores of volunteers in cities across the United States. As a Month of Caring volunteer, you will meet other WU alumni, make new friends, do something tangible that helps others, and pay tribute to the lasting benefits you receive from your education at Washington University.

Submit ideas for new projects

If you have a community service commitment that's dear to your heart, please let us know. We'll consider it as one of the organizations to benefit from the Month of Caring. E-mail your suggestions to alumni_relations@aismail.wustl.edu.

Plan now to spend a day helping others in your community. Projects may include:
• Building a house with Habitat for Humanity
• Fixing lunch at a Ronald McDonald House
• Sorting groceries at a food pantry
• Packaging meals for home delivery
• Picking up trash to help preserve watersheds
• Maintaining hiking trails and nature areas
• Painting homes to beautify neighborhoods