Alumni Resources

The Piper Center provides resources and experiences designed to help students and alumni leverage their liberal arts education to achieve their full potential. View the programs below that offer volunteer roles to alumni interested in engaging with current students and help in your own career development.

Share your Career Story

Career Exploration and Alumni Connections

Attend an Ole Suite event to connect with students and to share your career and vocational journey.  Students report that networking with and learning from alumni is a deeply valuable and meaningful experience.  Additional option to serve as a “pop-up” speaker by giving a 2-minute talk about your life in business.

Events in the Twin Cities Events On-Campus
Ole Arts
Ole Biz
Ole Health
Ole Law + Policy
Ole STEM
Ole Social Impact
Connect+

Connect+ is a series of evening forums focused on a variety of vocational and career topics. The event brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the college, offering opportunities to network, learn about the diversity of career and entrepreneurial pursuits in a particular area, and gain insight into how the liberal arts provides an excellent preparation for such activities. Alumni are invited to campus to present or network with students and share their expertise. Topics include: Sustainability & Environment, Data Analytics, Writing for Career, Romance Languages, and Law/Politics/Policy.

Connections

Program Cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Madison, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.

Provide a walking tour of your city to orient students considering relocation after graduation, host a group of students at your place of employment, and/or speak on a panel to provide students with your vocational insight.

Making it in the Arts

Speak on a panel during this one-day on-campus conference that provides cross-disciplinary discussion related to issues of professional practice in the life of an artist.

Quo Vadis Sophomore Retreat

Share your vocational journey with 100 sophomores during a reflective afternoon panel at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, MN.

Mentor an Entrepreneur

Ole Cup

Participate as a judge or mentor for the entrepreneurial-minded students participating in this on-campus competition. Student-winners receive start-up funds and mentoring in the following areas: accounting & finance, fundraising & investors, legal services, marketing & social media, payroll & human resources, web & technology.

Recruit an Ole

On-Campus Recruiting

Visit campus in the fall or spring to host an information session and/or hold in-person interviews for an internship or job with your organization.

Post a Job

Advertise an internship or job in Handshake, St. Olaf’s career database where current students and young alumni can view the posting and apply directly.

Other resources for alumni

Handshake, a tool available to alumni for accessing job opportunities tailored to recent alumni. To obtain your login information, please contact the Piper Center at piper.center@stolaf.edu.

Online Alumni Directory: connect with other St. Olaf alumni

Quick Links

Job Search Resources Career Management
Job Search Process

Handshake
Explore Careers
Your Path to Success
Job Posting Resources

Networking

Networking Guide
Online Alumni Directory
Professional Associations
MN Job Support Groups

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resume Guide
Cover Letter Guide

Interviewing

Interview Guide
Evaluating an Offer and Negotiating Salary

Finding a Good Fit

My Next Move
7 Q’s to Finding Your Passion
Guide to Finding Your Passion

Going Back to School

12 Tips For Professionals Who Want To Go Back To School
Grad School Search and Apply
Advice for Returning to School

General Articles

Professionalism in the Workplace
The Five O’Clock Club
25 Hot Career Management Tips

Career Transition FAQs
My Skills, My Future
Change your Career
Sector Switching to Nonprofits
Coping with Job Loss
Career Transitions Blog
General, Job Search and Career Planning Advice