by Molly Graizzaro, senior majoring in public relations
In December, the Smeal College of Business announced the launch of its Alumni Career Services Office, assisting graduates who are in the midst of career transitions or have not yet been placed. This semester, Smeal is launching another new service for alumni—SmealConnect.
SmealConnect offers alumni-specific job postings from companies interested in hiring Smeal graduates. With their username and password, Smeal alumni can log into SmealConnect and search for job opportunities suited to their background and skills. Alumni may get started by accessing the complete SmealConnect registration instructions.
Corporate recruiters interested in posting job opportunities can also access SmealConnect just as they have in the past. This time, however, they may target recent graduates and more experienced hires.
In addition to the job postings, SmealConnect also offers a means for alumni to share their knowledge and advice with current undergraduate and MBA students.
“The system was very easy to sign up and navigate, I am sure that it will be a very useful tool in connecting students with alumni to maximize their learning experience,” says Mike Cocco ‘05.
Students may search for alumni who have offered to give advice and who have similar backgrounds and experiences, and reach out to them for advice. Students typically have questions about career decisions and other business topics. This virtual hub provides alumni, especially those who cannot return to campus, with a meaningful way to connect with the students.
Smeal alumni are also encouraged to join the college’s LinkedIn group: Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni (Official). This group is intended to provide a platform where alumni can network virtually with other graduates. It is reserved exclusively for Smeal alumni.
For more information on SmealConnect, and to learn more about a variety of other ways to get involved, contact the Smeal Alumni Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.