May 2008
Issue 68


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COLONIALS PUT CAREER IN FOCUS


ALUMNI CAREER SERVICES TO GET BOOST

Matt Moog, CCAS BA ’92, founder and CEO of Viewpoints Network, credits The George Washington University Career Center with “playing a pivotal role” in his professional life.

As graduation loomed, Moog attended a Microsoft recruiting session for MBA and engineering students. Though he majored in political science, Moog and Anne Scammon, CCAS BA ’81, GSEHD MA ’92, director of career learning and experience at the Career Center, convinced the recruiter that he had the entrepreneurial initiative the company needed. Moog worked at Microsoft for four and a half years before moving on to other ventures.

Although university career centers are designed to mainly focus on student needs, alumni frequently inquire about the availability of career services and recruiting opportunities. The GW Career Center and each school-based career center currently offers select services to alumni.

In the fall, the GW Alumni Association created an ad hoc Working Group on Career Services. The group, chaired by Frank Kent, CCAS MA ’82, director of human resources, Americas at TANDBERG, Inc., is collaborating with the Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Center, and the school-based career centers to analyze current offerings and build toward the future. The GW alumni network of 220,000 individuals in more than 145 countries is a tremendous resource for students and graduates. The goal of the working group is to harness the power of this network to facilitate lifelong learning and career connections.

There are several ways GW graduates can get involved. Electronic resources allow alumni across the globe to connect with fellow Colonials. Those who are looking for more personal interactions can interact with students and alumni in the Washington, D.C. area or at regional events throughout the world. The Office of Alumni Relations recently developed a web page that consolidates the diverse career-related services and programs available to GW alumni.

“There are opportunities for alumni to be as involved as they’d like to be – whether it’s a one-time effort or a few times a semester,” said Marva Gumbs, GSEHD MA ’83, executive director of the GW Career Center. “We want to provide outlets to get involved that fit an individual’s situation and time constraints.”

This story is excerpted from the Spring 2008 issue of GW Magazine. Be on the lookout for your copy of
GW Magazine in the next few weeks!

For more information about career services, How GW Can Help You, and How You Can Help GW, visit the Alumni Career Services web page.

Career Networking Event                    
Reginald Grier, MS ’73, EdD ’79, MPA ’89, shares advice with GW students at a career networking event.

Career Networking Event                    
Students and alumni mingle during the career networking event held in the Marvin Center’s Great Hall on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, during the week of activities surrounding the Inauguration of President Steven Knapp.

Photo credits: Julie Woodford