Becoming a Member of the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network
How To Become A Member Of The Bowdoin Career Advisory Network (BCAN)
First, register and update your profile in PolarNet, Bowdoin's alumni database, then simply select "Yes, I will serve as a career advisor to students" from the pull down menu within the Biographical section of your Alumni profile. After selecting this field and making any other edits, please remember to hit the update button.
Next, join our LinkedIn® Group, Bowdoin Career Advisory Network, to get connected through this popular professional networking site at www.LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn® creates important opportunities for networking beyond the Bowdoin community.
To remove your name from BCAN, uncheck the opt-in box on your profile.
What You Can Expect As Part Of The Bowdoin Career Advisory Network.
The initial contact you have with an advisee may consist of correspondence over email or a phone call. You may also choose to invite individuals who have contacted you to your office for informational interviews. Advisees will be made aware that your primary role is to provide advice and information; you should not be approached as an employment contact, though you may choose to share job leads if you wish.
What types of questions might students and other alumni ask you?
Questions about you
- How did you first get interested in this line of work? What has been your career path?
- How does your work relate to any academic experiences or studies you pursued while at Bowdoin?
- How did other aspects of your Bowdoin experience prepare you for this career?
- What do you enjoy most and least about your work in this industry?
- What is your typical day like? What kind of hours do you work?
Questions about your organization
- What is a typical career path in this organization? What are some of the most challenging entry-level opportunities?
- Does your employer offer any type of training program? What skills and/or experience are necessary?
- What are the prospects for advancement?
- What is your organization’s mission?
- How would you describe the culture or work environment and the people with whom you work?
- How do liberal arts graduates fare at your company/organization vs. those with more technical or vocational training?
Questions about your career field
- What type of education or training is recommended or necessary to excel in this field?
- What are the typical jobs, particularly at the entry level? What is the salary range for these positions?
- What specific trade journals, publications, or web site resources would be particularly helpful for conducting research about this field?
- Among my strongest assets are (skills, areas of knowledge, personality traits, and values). Where might they fit into this field?
- Who else might you recommend I approach for advice about entering this particular field?
- How welcoming is this field to women, people of color, and members of other underrepresented groups?
- Do professional networks exist that provide support to individuals like me who are seeking to enter this field?