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Career Conversations

Talk directly to Sprott School alumni about their experience in your career fields of interest. We recommend requesting a 30-minute conversation, which will give you time to cover topics such as industry and employer insights or a graduate/professional school search.

Scheduling the Career Conversation

  • When scheduling you will propose three 30-minute meeting times. If the advisor is available during one of those times, the advisor will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, the advisor may choose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • Write an introductory message and, if desired, upload a résumé or another form of documentation that highlights your professional and academic background.
  • Respect the advisor’s time commitment by planning and preparing topics of discussion. You may wish to review sample questions, especially if you are new to networking or out of practice.

Connecting to Your Career Conversation

  • Both parties are sent a confirmation email that includes a list of phone numbers (users select one suited for their location) and conference code. At the time of your consultation you and your advisor will call in to a conference call line for the consultation.
  • Once a consultation is scheduled, each individual will have an online “meeting place” where they can communicate prior to the consultation. If something comes up which does not allow you to make the scheduled consultation, you can cancel or reschedule in this meeting place.

During the Career Conversation

  • Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself professionally. You may attach your résumé prior to the consultation for them to get to know you.
  • Prior to your session think about your purpose for talking with a particular advisor. Would you like to learn more about the industry, the company, the career path, etc.?
  • Respect the advisor’s time commitment by planning and preparing topics of discussion. Prepare specific, intelligent, and productive questions that can guide your discussion.
  • Remember to keep the conversation professional. Do not ask personal questions or ask an advisor directly for job placement or internship assistance.
  • Strive to be a receptive and active listener.

After the Career Conversation

  • Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the advisor by sending a follow up thank-you message. Note that unless the advisor provides his/her contact information during the call, you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.

CONVERSATION OUTREACH EXAMPLE

Subject: Sprott School Student Seeking Advice

Dear John:

My name is Patricia Buckingham, and I am an Undergraduate student at the Sprott School. I am extremely interested in the field of finance. I appreciate you signing up as an advisor on the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network and hope we can find a time within the next few weeks for a 30-minute career conversation. My résumé is attached so that you can learn more about my background. Thank you in advance for your time and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Patricia Buckingham