Last month, NDWC hosted its fifth annual Campus to Career Event. Last year, we hosted a more formal event with a keynote address from Anne Thompson '79, NBC Correspondent, but this year board members headed to the dorms for an evening of networking and casual conversation about careers and life after graduation.

The women of Flaherty Hall (one of the newest dorms on campus - NDWC board members needed a map to find it!), Ryan Hall, and Lyons Hall asked for advice about the upcoming career fair, prepping for interviews, choosing a mentor, and more.

Students and alumnae sit in a dorm lounge.As students munched on NDWC logo cookies, board members talked about ways to gain experience in various sectors, opportunities abroad, and what we learned from ND that has helped us succeed after graduation. Most board members also shared anecdotes about how ND’s incredible alumni network has helped them throughout their careers.

Caitlin Kennelly ‘06, Regional Director for Ohio Valley, commented that “the best part of the event, for me, was talking about our career paths, especially the non-traditional ones, and how it’s ok to make your own path. And it’s ok if you’re not sure yet what that path should be! I loved seeing the spark in these young women as we talked about their goals and was the perfect way to reignite my own fire.” Donna Leary Smith ‘81, Regional Director for Florida, was “impressed by how many students actually had formulated an idea of the career path they wanted to forge.”

The thirty-five attendees left with swag bags -- which included a luggage tag, magnet, button and info card -- and a better understanding of how to stand out when searching and applying for jobs. A Lyons resident affirmed the new format: “ We’re glad that you came to us -- we appreciate it.”


Interested in mentoring a current student, or are you looking for a mentor yourself? Want to make professional connections with other alumni? Check out IrishCompass to find out more. Don’t forget to take a look at its private job board if you’re searching for Notre Dame talent or your next opportunity.

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