Mighty Green Wave in the workforce

November 4, 2013 8:45 AM

Fran Simon

The Tulane University Office of Alumni Relations has launched a new initiative to support alumni at all points in their careers, whether they are entering the job market, searching for a new position, transitioning from one career field to another, or looking to mentor younger alumni or students.

Scene at the Tulane National Networking Night

At Tulane National Networking Night, guests mingle and play Tulane alumni bingo in the Bea Field Alumni House. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo)

Alumni Career Services provides alumni with the resources they need for lifelong professional success, says Nicole Bush, director of the program.

"We serve a broad range of alumni of all ages, from May 2013 grads to seasoned alumni," Bush says. "People are staying in the workforce longer because of the economy, and many are thinking: 'What else can I do?'

"Several of our resources, including a career assessment tool, are available to alumni online, 24/7."

Bush organized a National Networking Night, with alumni groups in 15 cities across the country, from Honolulu to New York, hosting simultaneous events for participants to network with each other on Oct. 10.

"The Dallas alumni club said they had the biggest turnout of any event, other than their annual crawfish boil," Bush says.

She has planned and conducted job search strategy workshops in several cities across the country, at which she presented career advice and a panel of alumni gave region-specific information. In the spring, these workshops likely will be available online.

Also in the works is a six-month mentoring program for alumni to mentor each other as well as Tulane students. Matchmaking for mentors and mentees will take place online at myTulaneNetwork

Bush, a 1995 Tulane grad and previously a career consultant in the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane, takes appointments for career counseling for individual alumni.

"Every day I receive phone calls and email messages from alumni seeking career strategies," Bush says. "Just the other day, someone Skyped me from South America."

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