This past spring, the Haas Alumni Network (HAN) instituted San Francisco-based lunchtime brown bag networking sessions for alumni in all stages of their job search. The sessions are geared towards alumni who are currently unemployed or searching for the next great opportunity.
The monthly sessions, which cater to a small focused group of alumni, host a professional career coach and allow participants to share job leads, set realistic goals, brainstorm search strategies, and share other pertinent job-search information. They also serve as a catalyst for alumni to meet and work together on their own between sessions. The downtown San Francisco location makes it convenient for currently employed alumni to attend as well.
“Participating and networking in this structured setting strengthens the job-seeker’s sense of control in what can feel like a very out-of-control experience,” said Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, co-director of Alumni Relations. “We’ve established this program, and other programs and events like it, to allow our alumni to draw strength, experience, and opportunities from each other in the area of career development.”
HAN hopes to offer similar opportunities in other Haas alumni communities in various parts of the Bay Area and around the country, based on the success of this pilot effort. To date, HAN’s South Bay chapter led by Dan Rosler, MBA 98, has been holding informal networking sessions for alumni over the past year that organizers have deemed “highly successful.”
For more information regarding the Haas Alumni Network and its career services, please visit http://haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/.
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