The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program is a great way for Faculty of Arts & Science students and recent grads to connect with experienced A&S alumni to learn about career paths available to them after graduation. These online networking events are a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about career prospects and gain insights and lived experiences from A&S alumni to better understand how their Faculty of Arts & Science degree can launch them into a variety of exciting careers.
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Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) events include:
Online Industry Panels
This moderated Q&A session will help you explore your next steps and give you the tools to navigate the current job market. More information on what to expect and how to prepare will be emailed to registrants closer to the event date.
All events will take place from 12 to 1 pm EDT.
- Careers in Business — October 27
- Careers in Public Policy, Government & Non-Profit — October 28
- Careers in Law — November 3
- Careers in Health & Life Sciences — November 4
Next Steps Conference
The annual Next Steps Conference is an inspirational and energizing event for Arts & Science students and new graduates to build their professional networks.
Space is limited.
Alumni — volunteer with us!
B2B events invite alumni to meet and help students make the transition from university to a rewarding career. If you’d like to mentor and support students and new graduates in their career journeys, this is a great learning opportunity for you.
What students are saying
This program is terrific; it's always so relieving to hear alumni stories of struggle and success, as it provides comfort and builds confidence to us as undergrads, knowing they were in the exact same positions as we are now. They also point out the difficulties they faced when exploring the job market, which is also interesting to hear, and helps us mentally prepare for the upcoming challenges we will face when looking for our first jobs.
- French student
It was incredibly interesting to listen to the panelists' experiences and how their decisions impacted their career. I was able to draw inspiration from that and focus myself on how to better leverage opportunities. The insights into the recruiting process allowed me to better prepare and present myself in front of campus recruiters.
- Computer science student
The most meaningful part of the event was when panelists were forthright in discussing their setbacks and failures in their career development, along with strategies on how to bounce back from common pitfalls. Career development is filled with uncertainty and anxiety for many students. The pandemic has worsened this, and it's reassuring to hear panelists discuss failure in a candid and accepting manner.
- History student