Reed Career Alliance (RCA)
The Reed Career Alliance is an alumni association sponsored initiative to support Reed College alumni in the development of meaningful careers post-Reed.
RCA’s alumni volunteers pick up on the work of the Center for Life Beyond Reed, which focuses its on-campus resources to current students and alumni within their first year of graduation. RCA advocates for career assistance for all years of alumni, be it mid-career, retiring, changing careers, or just starting out.
Reed alumni may well be other Reedies’ secret weapon in navigating the working world. Reedies’ career paths may feature textbook examples of reaching professional milestones or wonderfully unlikely tales of unconventional routes to professional success. Whatever the career story may be, Reedies can glean lessons, tips and plenty of good advice, thanks to the growing number of alumni who are happy to share their experiences, time, and connections.
We encourage you to view the resources below for either advancing your own career, or for helping others in their journey. Want to get more involved with RCA as a whole? Email Alumni Programs to get connected.
Alumni Career Coaches
Our pool of volunteer career coaches offer flexible coaching to any alumni who would like help. They can help with questions about Reed resources, provide a welcoming introduction to existing professional networks our great Reed community offers, review resumes, or brainstorm career questions.
Want to be an alumni career coach? Or are you looking for some help as you transition into a new job or change career paths entirely? Email an alumni coach.
The following resources are great ways to connect to other Reedies working in your (potential) field:
- Find Reedies working in your field through the Alumni Directory in IRIS.
- And update your information in the directory here!
- Join a specific Alumni Professional Network or start your own by emailing Alumni Programs. These groups are independent and provide different types of content and resources depending on the interests of the group.
- Join the Reed Alumni Professional Network on LinkedIn.
- Post a career-related ask or offer on Switchboard.
- Attend Alumni Chapter events in your area to get connected to local Reedies.
Career Advancement Resources through CLBRThe Center for Life Beyond Reed offers the following career advancement resources to alumni:
- Handshake is the jobs database tool that Reed (and 700 or so other universities and colleges worldwide) uses to get opportunities in front of students and alumni. There are jobs and paid fellowships ranging from first year to post-doc, with a lot of masters level opportunities, too. Alumni can find instructions on how to create a Handshake account on the CLBR Handshake page. Email Brooke Hunter for search suggestions, and Beyond Reed for technical problems.
- Applying to nationally competitive fellowships for which alumni are eligible (email CLBR Fellowships)
- Graduate school, medical school, and law school advising (email Charles Daniel)
- Assistance with using Reed resources to find career connections, including the Alumni Directory and Handshake jobs database.
- Recent grads (within one year of graduation) have full access to all services provided by the Center for Life Beyond Reed as though they were still students.
Looking to mentor current Reed students? The following are a few opportunities for alumni to mentor or connect with Reed students:
- Reed Alumni Connect: Contact Reedies when they graduate and offer them support as they transition into the real world. Email Alumni Programs to volunteer today.
- Hire a Reedie: Post a job to Handshake, Reed’s jobs database, to hire a student or recent graduate.
- Alumni Directory Update: Indicate how you're willing to help current students (and update your work experience and contact info) via the Alumni Directory info update.
- Offer a paid internship or externship: Email the Center for Life Beyond Reed to post your opportunity.
- Offer a job shadow: Visit CLBR's job shadow page to find out more.
Contact Alumni Programs with any additional questions you may have regarding career services available to alumni.