Developing Next Generation Career Services

Strategies for Increasing Alumni and Employer Engagement

Topics: Internships and Co-Op Programs, Career Services, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Employment, Experiential Learning

Bringing People Together at the Right Moment

Colgate University’s Real World Conference

Colgate University’s annual Real World conference brings together seniors and a range of alumni for a two-day event on campus before the start of the spring semester. The conference is timed to coincide with the alumni board meeting, which ensures that 50 to 60 highly engaged alumni will be on campus and available to participate in the event.


In addition to recruiting board members, career services works with alumni affairs and the senior class council to invite other alumni to the conference to ensure a diverse group in terms of age, profi le, industries, and backgrounds.

Bringing People Together at the Right Moment

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Real World Conference Agenda at a Glance