Alumni embrace career resources for life

Since starting on March 3, 2014, as Thunderbird’s Director of Alumni Services and Engagement, Michael Seaver ’10 already has provided free career support to more than 25 alumni in Thailand, India, Colombia, Singapore and multiple locations in the United States. Alumni served include at least one graduate from each of the past five decades and multiple degree programs. “I met Michael during my first semester at Thunderbird, as he was my Peer Career Advisor, and I was lucky enough to build a relationship with him since then,” Anisha Patel ’11 said. “Not only was he a supportive and encouraging mentor — he also pushed me to challenge myself and reach my potential.”

Seaver’s familiarity with Thunderbird’s culture and mystique gives him an advantage when working with alumni. “He identifies with and has an appreciation for the Thunderbird brand,” Michael Lauer ’93 said. Alumni who want one-on-one coaching with Seaver, a certified behavioral analyst and Senior Professional in Human Resources, may contact him at or call 602-978-7080. “I am happy to speak with alumni in person, over the telephone or via Skype about a wide variety of career development topics,” Seaver said.

Other alumni career resources include:

Thunderbird Learning Environment (TLE) Course. Once you’ve enrolled, you will have access to career development materials, including information on personality assessments, resume and cover letter tips, insights from recruiters on interviewing, networking tools, and tremendous external resources.

My Thunderbird. After logging in, you can select the Alumni Career Management link and review resources to help you with resumes, cover letters, networking, and interview guides. There is a Job Exchange Board where T-birds around the world post career opportunities. You also can access external resources such as Global Connect, CareerShift, Goinglobal, InterviewStream and Beyond B School.

LinkedIn. There are multiple groups for you to join, engage with, and share career development content and opportunities. Please search for these groups: Thunderbird School of Global Management, Thunderbird Alumni (Official), and Thunderbird CMC.

Besides developing their own careers, alumni such as Lauren Ney ’09 have contacted Thunderbird to offer support for current students. “We can offer mentoring, resume reviews and practice interviews,” Ney said in a letter to Career Management Center Director Guy Groff. “Let me know what I can do to help.”

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