Information for Career Exploration Nights Alumni Speakers

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Thank you for agreeing to participate in our Career Exploration Nights on March 9-11, 2021!

The following information is provided to alumni speakers who have been invited to participate:

  • Our event is being held across three nights: Tuesday, March 9; Wednesday, March 10; and Thursday, March 11.
  • We have more than 250 alumni participating.  Each alum has been assigned one, 30-minute session. There are 18 different times when alums will be meeting with students on Zoom Breakout Rooms.  Each Breakout Room has anywhere from 6 to 20 concurrent sessions with other alumni.  You can view your date/time (and other information!) here.  To give you an idea of the format of the even, breakout rooms are scheduled as follows:
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 6:00 - 6:30 PM EST    
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 6:30 - 7:00 PM EST    
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 7:00 - 7:30 PM EST    
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 7:30 - 8:00 PM EST    
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST    
    • Tuesday, March 9 - 8:30 - 9:00 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 6:00 - 6:30 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 6:30 - 7:00 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 7:00 - 7:30 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 7:30 - 8:00 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST    
    • Wednesday, March 10 - 8:30 - 9:00 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 6:00 - 6:30 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 6:30 - 7:00 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 7:00 - 7:30 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 7:30 - 8:00 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST    
    • Thursday, March 11 - 8:30 - 9:00 PM EST    
  • Your Breakout Room will be set for 30 minutes, although we will keep it to about 25 minutes so students can log into another session on time. 
  • Your Breakout Room will remain open for as long as you wish.  If students want to stay and talk with you in your Breakout Room, you are welcome to continue the conversation past your allotted 30 minutes.  We will let the students know that you only committed to 30 minutes, but you are welcome to stay longer if you are having a productive conversation and students want to spend more time with you.
  • You can join the Zoom by clicking on the "Register Here" link by your name on the searchable directory. (note: Zoom links will be added and go live on Tuesday, March 9).  There is no need to register in advance.  You can also check for your Zoom link in our PDF list here.
  • Please plan to log into the Zoom about 5 minutes before your scheduled participation time. Once you join, you will enter the "Main Session."  This is a lobby where students will be able to select which breakout room to join.
  • A student event organizer or a University staff member will serve as host in your Zoom breakout room.
  • At this time, all sessions will be with one alum.  In essence, you will have about 25 minutes to share information and answer questions. 
  • Since this is a pilot program and we have many options for students to attend, it is possible that some breakout rooms may not have any students join. We apologize in advance if this happens!
  • No slides or presentation is necessary.  The event is a relaxed/casual conversation between alumni and students with the ultimate goal of helping students explore potential career paths and learning that their ND experience can open many doors.
  • There is no dress code.  Business dress is not necessary.  Students will be attending in casual clothing and many of them will be dressed very casually in their residence hall rooms due to COVID. You are welcome to dress casually.
  • The format of the session will be as follows:
    • Our host will welcome the students into the session and welcome you as our guest alum.  If it is a small gathering, you are welcome to ask students to introduce themselves -- either with audio or in the chat.
    • You will introduce yourself (name, class year, major, current title and position) and spend a few minutes reflecting on each of these prepared questions (you are welcome to adapt this into whatever format and order you wish - the goal is to tee up some of the most common questions so it can open the doors to conversation):
      • How did you get to where you are today?
      • What is the favorite part of your job?
      • What does a typical day look like in your position?
      • What is an interesting thing about your industry (or work) that most college students wouldn't know?
      • What is the most valuable skill you learned at Notre Dame that has prepared you for success?
    • After sharing those answers the host will open it up to Q&A for the remaining time

We are marketing this event primarily to freshmen and sophomores; however, all students (including graduate students) are welcome to attend. We are marketing this as an "exploration" event, not a recruiting event.

A list of participating alumni will be made available on our event page.  If you have any edits, please complete this brief form.

We will send you a brief evaluation survey after the event to learn about your experience.

Questions can be directed to your student event contact or LoriAnn Edinborough, Director of Undergraduate Career Services (