Frank Kent, CCAS MA ’82, has changed careers a few times. His first job out of college was a juvenile probation officer at an Alexandria Court. After that, he got a graduate degree in criminal justice. Then, Kent started looking into business, which led him to his current career as director of human resources for Americas at TANDBERG, Inc.
“Times before, when I needed to change careers or look for jobs, I never looked to GW for help,” Kent said. “Now, what we’re trying to do, is get people to see GW as a great resource.”
Kent is the chair of the Alumni Association’s committee on Career Services. The group is made up of directors and representatives from GW’s career centers, administrators, and alumni volunteers. For the past six months, the group has been evaluating career services for alumni and brainstorming ways for both alumni and students to benefit.
In recent months, career services have expanded to include a Career Adviser Network, which connects alumni with students and other alumni to give advice on a particular career field. The network now has nearly 600 members. A GW alumni group on the professional networking site LinkedIn also now has more than 1,200 members.
“We’re basically looking to reach out and energize the 220,000 alumni about career services at GW,” Kent said. “We want to build a culture of networking. We should look at all events as networking opportunities.”
The Alumni Association co-sponsored a student-alumni networking night earlier this year that included an informational session on networking and then an opportunity to speak with alumni. Another Career Center event, called Resume Madness, was where Kent said he had the most fun as an alumni volunteer.
“You could see where improvements could be made with their resumes and you could help provide them with more success in getting an interview and improve their chances of getting employment down the line,” Kent said.
For alumni, the Career Center is also looking into obtaining a career consultant geared specifically toward alumni wanting to make changes in their careers.
“As a group we are trying to look at what we can do across the university,” Kent said. “We want to use our resources wisely and find new ways to connect students and alumni.”