Q&A with Vivian Ludford ’15

Vivian, a research analyst at Research Board, offers her advice for students in advance of the HireTigers Meetup on Feb. 12 atludford Frick Lab.

Q: What advice do you have for students coming to the Meetup?

A: Keep an open mind and think seriously about your short-term and long-term career (and personal!) goals, and what kind of role would best position you to achieve those goals. And study the job! Research the company to see if any alums work there (use the TigerNet alumni directory / LinkedIn as a start) and reach out to them! 99% of us are happy to talk and help.

I studied Comparative Literature/Creative Writing and had this vague idea that I wanted to write after college, so I was initially super turned off by the Research Board as a “technology think tank.” But after speaking with an alum (English ’05) as well as someone who was then currently in the role I was applying for, I realized that the job actually very closely aligned with my long-term goals—even more so than the entry-level publishing/editorial jobs I’d originally targeted. Now I get to talk to smart people, read interesting things, and write about all of it for a living. #blessed.

Q: What are you most looking forward to speaking about with students at the Meetup?

A: I just generally want to know about the students. Like what do you do in your free time? What keeps you up at night? What new foods are they serving in Whitman dining hall? Who is third-floor bickering whom? I want to know everything!

Prepare for a Month of Meetups

As the spring semester starts, job and internship searches begin to heat up. While we have programs throughout the semester to help you identify your interests and find your next opportunity, we also have four Meetups in February that are great events for career exploration and recruiting.

What’s a Meetup, you ask? It’s a casual event where we invite alumni and employers to return to campus to speak with students about what they do, and offer insight on possible opportunities at their organizations. So even if you aren’t looking for a job/internship right away, it’s a great opportunity to learn about diverse career paths out there and how your concentration or course of study may translate into a career. These events are more informal than traditional job fairs.

The four upcoming Meetups in February are detailed below. Have any questions after reading? Message us on Facebook or email us at career@princeton.edu.  

Real Estate Meetup

Date: Monday, Feb. 8
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Career Services (36 University Place – above the UStore)
Who: This event is for all undergraduate and graduate students considering an internship or job in the real estate field including investment banking, private equity, asset management, lending, development, REITs, brokerage, law and more.
What to expect: Alumni working in all areas of real estate will be there to meet with students, talk about their career paths and provide advice. There won’t be recruiters present, but it is a great way to network and build relationships in the real estate field. The program is co-sponsored by the Princeton Alumni Real Estate Network and the Princeton Real Estate Group. Dress is casual.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555655614725280/

HireTigers Meetup

Date: Friday, Feb. 12
Time: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Frick Lab
Who: All undergraduate and graduate students searching for jobs/internships, or those who are interested in learning about different career paths.
What to expect: The biggest Career Services event of the Spring 2016 semester, the HireTigers Meetup brings together students, alumni and employers for networking, recruiting and career conversations. You’ll have the chance to meet with organizations and alumni interested in recruiting for summer internships and full-time employment. Undergraduate and graduate students of all years are welcome.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/237611549903260/

Food Meetup

Date: Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 12-2:30 p.m.
Where: Bernstein Gallery/lower level, Robertson Hall
Who: All undergraduate and graduate students considering careers in the food industry.
What to expect: Meet alumni working in all areas of the food industry for casual career conversations and networking. This program is part of the Food Entrepreneurship: A Winter Symposium event presented by Princeton Studies Food. Dress is casual.
More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-entrepreneurship-a-winter-symposium-tickets-20620083224

Startup Meetup

Date: Friday, Feb. 26
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Frist Multipurpose Room
Who: All undergraduate and graduate students are invited. Organizations attending will be hiring for both technical and non-technical positions.
What: This is the biggest startup event on campus, bringing together students, alumni and startups for networking, recruiting and career conversations. You’ll have the chance to meet with organizations and alumni interested in recruiting for summer internships and full-time employment. This event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club and Keller Center. Dress is casual.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699577360277972/