"Beyond Bowdoin": Students, alumni connect
"Beyond Bowdoin", held on September 20, has continued
to successfully unite alumni and current students in speaking about career
experiences and opportunities.
Co-sponsored by Alumni Career Programs and the Career Planning
Center, this event featured recent Bowdoin graduates who are now working
in a variety of job fields. The program, according to Director of Alumni
Career Relations Lisa Tessler, is "geared toward students who have
a general idea, but are not quite sure of what they want to do, or want
to understand how to utilize their skills in a variety of situations."
This event began last year, in hopes of presenting current
students with the range of opportunities that a liberal-arts education
can provide. "We wanted to create a program that could educate students
about the value of liberal-arts skills in a variety of careers,"
Graduates who work in various fields are invited back to
campus to participate in discussions about their careers. Topics that
were discussed this year included professions in government, health care,
the media, science, business, and education.
"Beyond Bowdoin" has seen some changes since its
inauguration last year. This year, the program was held in conjunction
with Maine Day, and prospective students touring the campus were allowed
to attend the program. Graduates chosen to speak this year now work within
the state of Maine. According to Tessler, "there are a lot of career
opportunities if, after your Bowdoin career, you decide to work in Maine."
Most of the chosen alumni speakers to were also recent graduates.
The event showed a large turnout, with almost all seats filled at each program. "We are very enthusiastic about the large turnout. I'm hopeful that this will be a program that will continue in the future," said Tessler.