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Pulsifer Career Development Center - Alumni Career Services

Bentley excels when Falcons pay it forward, like posting jobs and internships, lending expertise and more. Take advantage of one of our many free resources today!

Alumni Career Networking Night

Thank you to all alumni who joined together during the end of a Nor’easter to attend our first Alumni Career Networking event on April 4, 2024. The event was designed to expand your professional network, improve your networking skills and boost your career insights. Whether exploring new career paths or looking to expand your professional circle, this event was the perfect platform to make meaningful connections with fellow Falcons and seize this opportunity to unlock the power of networking!

We have heard anecdotally that the event served its purpose. We also heard that you would like us to offer more services and events. We will be planning more! As always, we encourage you to take advantage of our services and resources. Networking is a key skill for advancing your career or undertaking a successful job search. Review this networking resource.



Career Design Fellowship

Wanting to make a career pivot but not sure how to do so? Where do you want to be in 5 years? Whether you’re early-, mid- or late-career, this 4-week online program from Mission Collaborative will help you design your career. Check out Mission Collaborative’s Career Design Fellowship Public Cohort starting on May 18 (Early Registration deadline April 27, Regular deadline May 13, 2024). Whether you’re early-, mid- or late-career, this 4-week online program provides the structure and accountability you need to advance or pivot your career. Get more info and register here for the May public cohort, go to. Enter the coupon code ALUMNI when you enroll, for the discounted Bentley alum price match!

For the 4th year, Bentley University successfully partnered with Mission Collaborative to offer the Bentley Alumni Career Design Fellowship, a 30-day online program designed to help alumni make their next career move. Here is a brief summary of this last cohort.

One Bentley alumnus said: “This program provided me with the guidance and motivation I needed to take the next step in my career. It's an invaluable resource for those who are seeking direction and encouragement to explore new opportunities. The program also equips you with essential networking skills, helping you to navigate professional relationships with ease.”

Overview of participants:

32 alumni participants; 56% Male, 43% Female; 9 states represented; Ages ranged from 22 to 62; 8 industries represented

Key outcomes:

  • 94% Say they were glad they participated in the Fellowship
  • 88% Agree or Strongly Agree that they were satisfied with the Fellowship
  • 77% Have a better understanding of themself
  • 77% Have developed strategies to recognize and challenge limiting beliefs about

Top cited sources of value from the experience:

  • Collaborating with other participants
  • Following a structured process for career design
  • Having dedicated time to work on their career design journey
  • Using the career-related tools and resources
Find/Post a Job

Use the job portal to connect with fellow alumni and future employers. Create an account using your alumni ID number. Once you’re logged in, you can post and search jobs, access the alumni directory and much more. If you need help getting started, contact the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at or 781-891-2025.

To register as a non-alumni employer, send your company name, address, email and phone number to Alumni Career Development at We’ll respond to your request within two business days. 

Group Career Coaching

Alumni Career Strategy Group

Formerly called “Fast Track Job Search,” this group can help you wherever you are on your career journey. Are you hoping to take your career to the next level? Thinking of making a career change? Dealing with a lay off? Join us to gain insights and advice from alumni job seekers and career coaches, Bob Leahy and Barbara Lipps.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. E.T. on Zoom. Registration is simple by joining the meeting here and using the passcode: "Alumni25!" There will be no scheduled meeting on July 4, 2024.

Check out The Power of Networking to expand your professional network. Networking is the single most effective way to explore careers and find work. “85% of jobs are filled through networking.” HubSpot, Jan 17, 2023.

Meet the Facilitators

Barbara LippsBarbara Lipps draws upon the combination of her recruiting experience and social work background to help individuals reach clarity about their career direction at opportune moments in their lives. Barbara especially enjoys helping alumni develop a networking strategy to launch their job search and land their next position.

Bob Leahy

For the past thirty years, Bob Leahy ’74, MBA ’90, P ’09 ’10 has been a leader and “C”-level executive. He is a skilled operations, finance, and administration professional with experience in all aspects of business management, including strategic planning and human resources. A Double Falcon, Bob enjoys working with recent graduates as well as experienced alumni who are in transition or looking for new opportunities.

Questions? Call 781-891-2164 or email

Individual Career Coaching

One-on-One Help

For one-on-one assistance with resumes, letters, networking, interview skills, or general job search advice, alumni may schedule a 45-minute appointment via zoom with our part-time alumni career coach, Jean Papalia. Please go to Bentley Alumni Career Coaching Schedule.

Meet the Facilitator

Jean PapaliaJean Papalia brings extensive experience in career development to Bentley’s Alumni Career Services. Most recently, Jean was the director of the Career Center at Tufts University and prior to that she was the director of Alumni Career Services at Boston College. Previously, Jean worked in career development at the University of Pennsylvania and Bentley University. Over the course of her career, she has worked closely with thousands of hiring managers and job seekers of all ages and career stages. Jean is thrilled to be back at Bentley and looks forward to helping you manage the next step of your career.  

Lend Your Expertise

Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form if you’d like to get involved with any of these activities! 

If you have questions about the opportunities listed in this section, please contact the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at or 781-891-2025.

Bentley Industry Connector

Are you interested in supporting Bentley students and alumni with career advice? Do you have a network of colleagues, experts or professionals in a specific industry? If so, we encourage you to become a Bentley Industry Connector. We’ll ask you to:

  • Respond to emails from current students and alumni who have an interest in learning more about your industry 
  • Suggest additional connections or resources to support their networking and search for information 
  • Facilitate LinkedIn connections from your network (as appropriate)

Time commitment: Varies; approximately 1 hour per month

Recruit a Bentley Student

Post your open positions and internships for students on Handshake. If you don’t have an account, you can easily create one. Signing up takes less than 5 minutes. For additional assistance, please contact

Time commitment: As often as you have positions

Alumni in Residence 

Share your expertise and knowledge with undergraduate or graduate students through a series of 20-minute, one-on-one conversations.

Time commitment: Minimum of 2 hours; available throughout the academic year

Professional Development Workshop

Develop and deliver a workshop focused on case/technical interview preparation, business etiquette and/or salary negotiations. The audience may include students and alumni.

Time commitment: Minimum of 2 hours; available throughout the academic year

Career Communities

Lead small group discussions about your industry experience to support students as they define their path beyond Bentley.

Timing: Throughout the academic year

Career Fairs

Attend a virtual or in-person career fair and hire Bentley talent! Come to an event to promote open positions and opportunities at your company. For more information, please visit our Employer Relations and Recruiting page.

Timing: Minimum of 2 hours each event

Mock Interviews

If you have experience conducting job interviews, we would love your support with our ongoing programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Time commitment: Minimum of 2 hours; available throughout the academic year

Networking Events

Share valuable work experience and information about your career path with students.

Time commitment: Minimum of 2 hours; available throughout the academic year

Tools and Online Resources

We want you to make a great first impression. Backed by research about how resumes are collected, read and evaluated, we’ve prepared a comprehensive Alumni Resume and Cover Letter Guide. Leverage these templates, samples and suggestions to stand out. Also, check out LinkedIn's Behavioral Question Guide to help you prepare for your next interview. Finally, review this networking resource. Networking is a key skill for advancing your career or undertaking a successful job search. 

A number of free and discounted online services are available to Bentley alumni:

Big Interview

Transition your degree into your dream job with Big Interview. You’ll learn and practice interview skills using video lessons and an interactive practice tool. Use access code 1917 to register.


CareerLeader™ is a self-assessment tool used by top business schools to help alumni uncover their career interests, motives and abilities. Contact to receive a $20 discount.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Bentley is a member school of EFMD's global network. The EFMD career portal connects you to global opportunities, where corporate members of EFMD’s global network post internship and job opportunities. You can also access global organizations and their full-time opportunities by participating in a series of virtual career fairs this October. These virtual fairs enable you to have real-time interaction with recruiters from leading companies and organizations. To view and register for a virtual career fair, you'll first be prompted to create an account on Bentley’s Highered platform.


Create a free Vault account to accelerate your job search today. Vault allows you to create job alerts, search for positions and upload your resume. You’ll also find comprehensive company profiles, industry outlooks, sample interview questions and more.

If you need help getting started, contact Alumni Career Development at Send us your full name and graduation year so we can help you faster.


Use Glassdoor to explore company reviews, salary information and interview tips from past and current employees. Glassdoor also has job boards and relevant blogs.


GoinGlobal connects you to more than 16 million internship and job listings, plus city and country career guides. With an alumni account, you get free access to job search tools and location-specific salary and cost-of-living data. GoinGlobal also describes work permit regulations and global employment trends, and gives you practical tips for resume writing and multicultural working and interviewing. Connect with executive recruiters, staffing agencies and networking groups worldwide.

If you need help getting started, contact Alumni Career Development at Send us your full name and graduation year so we can help you faster.


Stand out from the crowd—and show who you truly are—by tailoring your resume for each job via Jobscan. This easy app scans and compares your resume with a job description to provide an instant analysis of how well you’ve met the job post’s criteria, and provides suggestions for improvement. The first scan is free!


LinkedIn is a great way to network with alumni. Start connecting with your fellow Falcons today!

You may also register for a LinkedIn Masterclass that will help you build a profile that’s a recruiter magnet. Join two former LinkedIn employees and the Pulsifer Career Development Center at this free session to:

  • Learn how recruiters search LinkedIn and choose talent
  • Build a profile that’s based on search patterns and LinkedIn’s search algorithm
  • Top the search results of recruiters at your favorite organizations

Featured Spark Session


3 Linkedin Must-Haves to Get More Views

LinkedIn has more than 760 million users — a hotspot for recruiters to filter and find the best candidates. Increase your views with these easy-to-apply tips to get more LinkedIn messages and requests.

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Resources by Your Career Stage


Launching Career

Experience Level: <2 Years

You recently graduated or want to get back to the career basics

View Resources

Rising in Career

Experience Level: 2-10 Years

You're growing in your profession, seeking inspiration and support to take it to the next level

View Resources

Established in Career

Experience Level: 10+ Years

You're a seasoned professional seeking development to be an effective manager, to enhance your skills and/or move into an executive role

View Resources

Reinventing Career

Experience Level: Varied

You're changing careers, reentering the workforce, unemployed or looking to retire

View Resources

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Contact Us

For alumni looking to lend their expertise or for help with the job portal, contact the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at or 781-891-2025.

For all other career inquiries, please contact Pulsifer Alumni Career Development at or 781-891-2164.
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Emily Smith ’13
By working with Bentley Alumni Career Development, I was able to get support from experienced career professionals in my recent and pivotal career transition from account management to digital marketing strategy. From a personal LinkedIn profile review to feedback on my job transition strategy, I got the support I needed to guide my transition.
Emily Smith ’13