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Wisdom Wanted

Browse the latest ads by industry on the Wisdom Wanted blog at blogs.brandeis.edu/wisdomwanted.

How it Works

Managed by the Hiatt Career Center, Wisdom Wanted is a nationally recognized online networking program that connects Brandeis students and graduates with alumni and parent volunteers. Participants write online “want ads” seeking career advice on a variety of topics, industries and interest areas, from grad school applications to career paths in a specific field. Then volunteers respond to ads directly via email.

How to Help

Sign up to receive the quarterly Wisdom Wanted e-newsletter, which includes a collection of ads along with participants’ class years, majors, hometowns and links to their LinkedIn profiles. Ads are also posted on a rolling basis to the Wisdom Wanted blog, which is searchable by industry to make it even easier to find ads that match your expertise or interests. To respond to an ad, simply email the student or alum directly and cc: wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu for tracking purposes to ensure each ad receives a response.

What to Expect

You will see ads from students and alumni from all majors and class years, asking for advice on all career fields and professional schools. What you will NOT see are ads that explicitly ask for jobs or internships. Students who submit Wisdom Wanted ads have met the Hiatt Career Center’s networking requirements, which include attending a networking workshop and signing the social responsibility and integrity contract. These steps help to ensure that participants network appropriately and professionally.

Time Commitment

When responding to an ad, please address the questions directly in your email correspondence, or feel free invite the student to speak with you over the phone, meet for coffee, or whatever is appropriate for your style and schedule. Participants are only expecting an email response, though your conversation could lead to a more lasting professional relationship.

Tips to Make the Most of Your Experience:

  • DO read the quarterly e-newsletter and visit the blog to search for ads most relevant to you.
  • DO share what you’ve been up to since your time at Brandeis (if you are a Brandeis graduate).
  • DO be honest about your experiences, including challenges, lessons learned, and advice for those looking to follow in your footsteps.
  • DO feel free to invite participants to connect with you on LinkedIn or other social media.
  • DO feel free to tell participants about open jobs/internships at your organization.
  • DO feel free to connect students and alumni with other professional contacts who may be a good match.
  • DO email wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu if you do not hear back from a student.

More Information

Please contact Alexandra Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement, at (781) 736-3623 or astephens@brandeis.edu.