Career Resources for Alumni
The University of Chicago Alumni Club of DC seeks to support the career development of all Alumni in the Washington, DC area by providing our own career-oriented resources, promoting resources provided by the central Alumni Association, and developing the local Alumni community into an ever-more potent professional network. Below is a listing of specific resources to help you explore career options, further your professional development, and connect with the local Alumni community network.
To learn more about any of these resources, contact the DC Alumni Club’s Career Development Team at UChicagoCareersinDC@gmail.com.
Alumni Club of DC Website: The Alumni Club’s new website, launched in late 2012, is your central source for everything you need to know about the Alumni Community in DC. Review and register for upcoming events, read the latest Chicago news, tap into the many career development opportunities available to local Alumni, and learn more about the resources offered by the national Alumni Association. If you are a Chicago Alum in the DC area, this is your one-stop-shopping for everything Maroon!
UChicago Alumni in DC Facebook Group: Connect with other Alumni in the area and receive updates about upcoming events and other opportunities. The group currently has nearly 1,500 members and is growing every day.
University of Chicago Alumni LinkedIn Group: The UChicago Alumni Community collectively features an immense quantity of invaluable and highly diverse professional experience. Tap into that wealth of knowledge through the University’s LinkedIn Group, and use the Advanced Search feature to connect with the nearly-one thousand group members in the DC area.
DC Club Career Resources
DC Alumni Club Career Committee: You are so smart and capable – you should be in charge. The DC Alumni Club is looking for new Career Committee members to direct and organize career-oriented programming and other initiatives, develop new and innovative career resources, and serve as catalysts for the local Alumni professional network in DC.
Chicago Careers in DC Panel Discussions: If you have a job, want a job, need a job, or think you might want a better job someday, the Chicago Careers in DC Panel Discussions are for you. These quarterly events explore professional development for Alumni at all stages in their careers. Panels may focus on particular industries, such as law, politics, or education, or may provide training on various professional skills, such as interviewing or networking. All events are free and aim to provide practical advice as well as an opportunity to network with fellow alumni. To learn more or suggest a topic of an upcoming panel discussion, contact Daniel Arking, AB’05, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Resume Exchange (coming soon!): Your Chicago diploma may be valuable, but it’s your resume that will get you the job of your dreams. Properly presenting all of your incredible education, experience, and skills can be a challenge, and perfectly crafting a successful resume can be nearly impossible on your own. The Chicago Resume Exchange will give Alumni in the DC area the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed and edited by highly experienced fellow Alumni. The DC Alumni Club is currently developing this service, which it plans to make available in Spring 2013. To volunteer or learn more, contact Daniel Arking, AB’05 at email@example.com.
DC Alumni Club Job Postings: If you want something done right, don’t do it yourself - hire a Chicago Alum to do it for you. The DC Alumni Club will post job opportunities from employers who are either Chicago Alumni or are specifically interested in hiring Chicago Alumni. To view job postings or have a job opportunity posted, visit the Jobs Page of the DC Alumni Club’s Website.
Additional Resources Provided by the Alumni Association
The Alumni Directory: The Alumni Directory contains the names and contact information for UChicago Alumni who are available for networking, career information, and informational interviews with fellow Alumni. Users can search the Network based on a variety of criteria, including geographic location, graduation year, employer, or interest.
WetFeet: Looking for information about new industries, employers, and career skills? Get your feet wet with WetFeet, one of the newest – and most valuable - sources of career information available online. The Alumni Association has made fee accounts available to all Alumni.
EBSCO Host: Chances are that you've never heard of the company that you most want to work for. Finding the right employer requires research, and EBSCO Host is one of the best sources available. Use the "Business Source" database to review profiles of thousands of companies and access business research that could put you ahead of the competition. All Alumni now have free access to this great resource.
The Mind Online: The Mind Online offers an archive of career-oriented videos, webinars, and other digital content that have been produced over the past five year covering over one hundred specific industries and career development skills.
Connect with the Alumni Community
Alumni Board of Governors Externship and Jeff Metcalf Fellows Internship Programs: Someone as cool as you needs a protégé. Both the ABG Externship and Jeff Metcalf Fellows Internship programs provide invaluable benefits to current students and Alumni alike. Alumni can review applications and provide feedback to students to strengthen their career prospects, host students on the job for 2-3 days, and offer summer and academic year internships. Alumni can significantly impact current students’ professional development while gaining new opportunities to network with their peers and recruit high-quality talent for their firms. To get involved in any capacity, contact Caryn Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org at the University Alumni Association.
Chicago Affinity Groups: The UChicago Alumni Association is supporting affinity groups based on shared professions, interests, and identities. These groups are new and growing, and are a great way to build a network of like-minded UChicago Alumni. Examples include the Public Interest Networking Group, the Chicago Women’s Alliance, the Military Affinity Group, and the LGBT Alumni Group. To learn more, get involved, or start a new group, contact Rachel Alper, AB’05, at email@example.com.
Entrepreneur Advisory Group: Have an entrepreneurial streak? Come share your insights, or pitch your own business plan to fellow Chicago alumni. The Entrepreneur Advisory Group meets monthly over dinner to help solve an entrepreneur’s pressing business problem. This is a great way to connect with the Booth Alumni Club in DC. To enter the best shark tank in Washington, contact Matt Whitaker, MBA’95, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron Stopak, MBA’03, at email@example.com.