Partnering with Hiatt on Programming

Throughout the year, there are a number of opportunities for Undergraduate Department Representatives (UDRs) - as well as faculty and staff - to partner with the Hiatt Career Center to offer career-related programming to students in your academic program or department.

These opportunities encourage UDRs to develop their leadership and programming skills while working with Hiatt on behalf of your department. It also encourages them to seek the interests, advice and guidance of faculty and students within your department.

Introduction to Hiatt with On-site Drop-ins

This workshop is conducted by UDRs and a pair of Hiatt Advisors (HAs) on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. This program covers a wide range of topics in a brief period of time.

  • The HAs address Hiatt’s mission, appointments and drop-ins, popular topics including major/career exploration, resume review, cover letter review, job & internship search and networking preparation, and featured resources.
  • The UDR's role in this workshop is to briefly present your department’s major page which includes skills developed as a result of your coursework, alumni paths in the world of work and jobs often attractive to students in your department.
  • Immediately following the presentation, HAs offer 15-minute one-on-one appointments for your students to review resumes and address other individualized questions.

To take advantage of this programming option, please fill out the online presentation request form.

What to Do with a Major In...

This programming option allows UDRs to develop expertise in what graduates of your major go on to do after graduation and to present your findings. UDR steps include:

Research majors and industries

  • Speak with faculty in your department to learn what fields alumni in your department frequently pursue after graduation.
  • Speak with students in your department to learn what fields currently interest them and when they are available to attend a program.
  • Use Hiatt’s major page to begin to research skills developed as a result of your department’s coursework, alumni paths in the world of work and jobs often attractive to your students.
  • Use the Brandeis Internship Exchange (BIX) to research internships your majors have held.
  • Once you’ve identified the top fields of interest to your major, use Spotlight on Careers to learn more about these fields and gather field-specific advice.

Plan event logistics

  • Plan the structure of your program (the more interactive the better!).
  • Connect with your Hiatt liaison to ask any questions you have and discuss the “who, what, where, when” of your program.
  • Make the practical and logistical arrangements, including setting date and time, reserving space, ordering food, etc.

Market & deliver the event

  • Draft marketing language that describes your event and encourages students to attend.
  • Work with your Hiatt liaison to set up an RSVP for your event in B.hired so that it can be included in the weekly Hiatt e-newsletter. Your liaison may also be available to suggest other upcoming events when your students to learn more about career-related topics including self-reflection, networking, finding an internship, etc.
  • Present, or co-present your program.

Alumni Panel

It is always a pleasure to host alumni on campus, and an alumni panel can illustrate career paths, skills and choices with a unique Brandeisian perspective. Many of the initial steps for hosting a panel are similar to those for What to Do with a Major In... However, this program requires greater lead time, because ideally UDRs will be inviting alumni to participate four weeks in advance. If UDRs are planning a one-hour event, consider securing of 3-4 panelists so that they each have time to speak and answer questions.

Research majors and industries

  • Speak with faculty in your department to learn what fields alumni in your department frequently pursue after graduation.
  • Speak with students in your department to learn what fields currently interest them and when they are available to attend a program.
  • Use Hiatt’s major page to begin to research skills developed as a result of your department’s coursework, alumni paths in the world of work and jobs often attractive to your students.
  • Once you’ve identified the top fields of interest to your major, use Spotlight on Careers to learn more about these fields and gather field-specific advice.

Plan event logistics

  • Set clear goals regarding the program, including what students hope to learn and what questions students want alumni to answer.
  • Make the practical and logistical arrangements, including setting date and time, reserving space, and creating marketing language (remember to share these details with your Hiatt liaison).
  • Work with your Hiatt liaison to set up an RSVP for your event in B.hired so that it can be included in the weekly Hiatt e-newsletter.

Reach out to alumni

  • Complete Hiatt’s networking requirements so that you may access alumni through Hiatt’s Brandeis University Career Connections group on LinkedIn.
  • Draft an template outreach email to invite alumni of choice.
  • Search Brandeis alumni on LinkedIn who meet the field criteria you have set.
  • Identify the top 12 alumni you wish to invite.
  • Connect with your Hiatt liaison to ask any questions you have, review your alumni invitation draft, and to discuss the “who, what, where, when” of your program
  • Invite your top 3-4 alumni to attend and include your program goals in the invitation; should you be turned-down, be ready to invite the next alum on your list.
  • Follow-up with the alumni with logistical information, parking passes, questions you would like them to address and any other information you would like them to know about the program and student expectations; ask them for their biographies so that you may prepare a proper introduction of the alum for the panel facilitator; prepare thank you notes for the alumni and procure a small thank you gift for them (Hiatt and the Alumni Office can often help with gifts).

Host the event

  • Consider who will be facilitating the panel; you could choose to take this role yourself, or ask a faculty member in your department.
  • Welcome the alumni.
  • Thank the alumni at the event and share with them their thank you note and gift.