Friday, October 7, 2011

Get Involved- Offer Your Expertise!

Ever wonder what you, as a graduate of Geneseo, can do to help out your former college?  No, we’re not talking about donating huge sums of money (although that would be great too!).  We are suggesting you donate something just as valuable—your expertise and knowledge. There are a number of opportunities here at Geneseo for alumni to come share their experiences and insights about their careers and industries. Students are always eager to gain new insight on the world in front of them from alumni who have been there.

One way to participate is as an instructor in a G.O.L.D. (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development) workshop. The G.O.L.D. program is designed to prepare students to be active and productive members of the Geneseo community. Alumni have the chance to come back and teach a class or a series of classes in the G.O.L.D. program on specific life skills or those related to a specific field of study.

Discussion panels are another great way to share your professional expertise. There are many times throughout the year that discussion panels are held to speak about current and career issues related to specific fields of study such as law, finance, and science.

At Homecoming there are two opportunities to participate. Celebrating the Sciences held discussion panels about each of the four sciences and featured Geneseo graduates from each of those majors.
The Career Connections Brunch is always packed with alumni and students having roundtable discussions about what it takes to be successful in different careers.

Each October at Parent's Weekend a panel of recent graduates presents What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then, a discussion about coursework, extra-curricular activities, and other items that they recommend to students who want to get a leg up in job and post-graduate school interviews.

The Women in Leadership Conference, usually held in the spring, is another great panel opportunity. This conference is an event co-sponsored by the Women's Leadership Institute and the G.O.L.D. program. Guests are invited to serve as panelists to discuss several issues and challenges confronting women serving in leadership roles in a professional setting.


Lastly is the option to become an alumni career adviser. The alumni office will soon be adding a career advising feature to the U-Knight alumni network. The U-Knight Career Advisory Network will give students the ability to find alumni working in the career area they are interested in as well as providing a network for alumni to share and benefit from each others professional expertise.

There are many opportunities for you to help out the current students of Geneseo by offering them useful information that will prepare them for the business and professional world.  Just contact Geneseo to get involved by commenting on this post or using the information below:

G.O.L.D. and Women in Leadership Conference
Career and industry discussion panels (law, finance, sciences, and more)
Career Connections Brunch
What I Know Now That I Wish I Had Known Then
U-Knight Career Advisory Network (coming soon)
  • Interested in helping us as a beta tester? 
  • Contact or Fran Zablocki at 585-245-5506

- The Geneseo Alumni Team                                                                 

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