002 Ellen Stahl – How to Engage with the Alumni Association

002 Ellen Stahl – How to Engage with the Alumni Association


[MUSIC PLAYING] ELLEN STAHL: I think the
best way for an ILP member to engage with our
program, we have a very comprehensive
website that’s a great place to get started. We have links to
all of our programs and all of our services. And anybody is
welcome to reach out to me via email or a
phone call, and I’d be happy to start a
conversation with anyone who’s willing to work with us. I think what
employers can expect from alumni talent is pretty
much anything that you can think of, whatever you need. I know that the perception a
lot of times from employers, because I’ve talked
to them frequently, is thinking that MIT is a
place where people are going to be doing computer software. And that certainly
happens a lot. And it certainly happens a lot,
I think, at the student level as well. But I think that the more
you advance in your career, sometimes the less
you are actually doing the software development. Sometimes you’re moving
into more managerial roles or project management roles. So I think that we need
to think more broadly, and it’s not so much about can
you tell me who was in course– for us, that’s a major– computer science and
electrical engineering. People leave MIT and do things
that are all over the map, and it’s not necessarily
dictated by the course that they did. We have people that leave here
doing consulting and finance that may not necessarily
be directly aligned to a course or a
major that you might think that they
would have graduated with mechanical engineering,
and they should be specifically doing mechanical engineering. That’s one of the
beauties, I think, of a MIT is that you have such a rich
background and baseline, and you come out with
skills that allow you to problem solve, that are
very high diagnostic reasoning people, that are looking for
the world’s largest problems. And so if you are in government,
if you are in technology, if you’re in scientific
development and research, education, energy, product
development, consumer products, automotive, you name it,
they are in every sector, they are in every job
all around the world. So you really can tap
into basically anything that you need. That’s what’s so magical
about this talent pool. In terms of the
statistics of alumni participating in our
programs, I would say it tends to gear
towards mid-level talent, experienced hires. We tend to have alumni
that participate that are dual degree,
so they have either been here as a undergrad
and a grad student with a PhD and a
masters, or they have been somewhere
else and been here as a graduate student. So you are tapping into people
who are very well-educated, so they have at least
a master’s or a PhD degree across the board. In terms of benefits
for alumni that are participating
in the program, it’s free for all alumni. This is a service
that we believe in, and this is something that
we feel that alumni may not have necessarily had the
opportunity to explore their careers when they were
just coming out of school. They’re a hot commodity
upon graduation, and sometimes, it’s
very easy to find a job. So sometimes that’s
the job that you take. And later in life,
you get to the point where you are doing a
little more self-evaluation, and you’re thinking about
is this what I want to do? Might I want to
do something else? Again, these are very curious,
problem solving individuals that are often looking for that
next exciting problem to solve. So we want to make sure
that they have the tools that they need to be able to
make the changes in the life that they would like to live. We’re really excited about
our new MIT alumni job board. We launched it six months ago. We have almost 4,000
alumni who have signed up. We have job posting
after job posting that we approve every day. It’s $100 for non-alumni
to post a job, which we feel is very reasonable
in today’s market. And we would love
for ILP members to use that as a way to market
themselves and brand themselves to alumni talent that are
looking for wonderful job opportunities. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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