Join the Alumni Association
As MAPSS alumni, the best way to support the program is by sharing your story. Given the diversity of career paths out of MAPSS, current students—and alumni making a transition—generally lack the information necessary to determine viable options and focus their energy. While many candidates rely on passive sources of information such as job descriptions and organization websites, those who also engage with alumni as active sources of (insider) information are more likely to succeed. Below are highly impactful ways to support MAPSS.
Contact Stefani Metos to get more involved with the Alumni Board and to receive updates about events, MAPSS, and the university. We welcome your feedback and ideas as well.
Provide Career Mentorship
MAPSS values alumni mentoring. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to give career talks, connect with students through informational interviews, and participate in our annual alumni career event.
Our Career Mentor in Residence program brings alumni to campus for a career talk followed by mentor office hours (when possible) where MAPSS students can receive customized career advice and learn about possible trajectories.
Informational Interviews can also present mentorship opportunities. Speak with a current student about your work and career path. Informational interviews take 15-30 minutes and may be in person or on the phone. To share your story with students, please contact Shelly L. Robinson, our in-house director of career services.
In coordination with the MAPSS Alumni Board, career services hosts an annual MA Alumni Career Conference to to better utilize alumni time and increase its impact for students. The event features alumni panel discussions that are focused on how to best market the MAPSS degree, mock interviews, professional headshots, and a reception where students can practice their pitch and gain networking skills.
More formal relationships can be achieved by signing up for UChicago Connect a networking program currently being piloted by Alumni Relations. These mentorship and networking events are hosted online in a format similar to speed dating and organized by industry and region.
UChicago has recently expanded its Alumni Career Programs. There are now monthly webinars available to our alumni as well as a Webinar Archive. If you would be interested in hosting a webinar, please contact Shelly Robinson.
The Alumni Career Program Jobs Board is available to those seeking a career change. You might also consider reaching out to Shelly Robinson, director of career services, for personalized job search assistance or to be added to our monthly jobs addendum.
Each summer during Alumni Weekend, the MAPSS Alumni Association hosts a series of events, including lectures by distinguished faculty and social outings, for current and incoming alumni. Every year, we look forward to having more alumni join us to reconnect and welcome new graduates to the Alumni Association.
Visit the Alumni & Friends page for more information about Alumni Weekend. Information about this year’s MAPSS downtown reception will be shared via e-mail.