Consider our alumni as a resource for you, and don’t hesitate to contact them with questions you may have about careers or graduate schools. 

Etiquette rules for contacting alums

  • Begin your message with a brief introduction of yourself followed by something that interests you, i.e. maybe you share common interests (remember, they were once in your shoes).
  • NEVER ask for something with a quick turn-around-time or deadline — these alums may be in grad school, in the private sector working, etc., so they appreciate knowing they have time getting back to you.
  • Check your spelling and grammar when writing your email, and always be respectful.
  • Send a thank you note to them after they respond to you — it’s always nice to be thanked, and you may gain a friend in the process!
  • See the Career Center’s info on networking for more tips on reaching out to alums.

Please use the Alumni Directory to get current information on what Carleton alums are up to.