Alumni Career Collective

The technology revolution has unleashed a number of changes in the career development world for higher education, students, alumni, and employers. This is illustrated by the increasingly varied career pathways that require job placement across multiple different industries over lifespan, employers seeing an increase in the number of applicants per job posting (if they are even posted publicly at all), the increased use of applicant tracking systems and robot resume review, the automation of numerous sectors in the future, and a shift to ongoing lifetime skill acquisition (compared with the traditional frontloading within a four-year degree).

As we explore these trends that are taking place at the intersections of alumni, career, and other higher education services, we hope to “engage the entire university network of students, alumni, faculty, and employers” (Dey and Cruzvergara, 2014) and thus improve our understanding of career needs for current and future alumni. Please join the conversation!

Career Changers: Always Been This Way or Growing Trend

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m. ET

According to some, the average number of jobs in a lifetime is increasing, specifically as millennials and younger generations enter the workforce and are motivated by different factors. Competing commentators have stated that Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates no difference between current trends and those in the 1980s. If the average tenure at a job has not changed, have other drivers changed? Are alumni (and students) increasingly changing industries and careers over lifespan? Join our conversation to hear how other universities and alumni themselves have answered these career questions.

Grant Schroll headshotSpeaker: Grant Schroll

Grant is the Co-Founder and CEO of the fast-growing “career change” organization Mission Collaborative. The organization, both independently and in partnership with universities and private organizations across the nation, is geared toward helping busy professionals make career changes. As someone who has navigated several career changes himself, going from engineer to consultant to designer and now entrepreneur, Grant uses his background in Design Thinking and facilitation to reimagine career change and create transformative experiences for students, alumni, and university partners.

Artificial Intelligence and the Workforce

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 12 p.m. ET

Automation promises to revolutionize the productivity of the American workforce with some occupations geared for growth and others to shrink. Join us as we assess predictions for key sectors as well as how to equip yourself in the face of these changes.

Michigan Alumni Career Coach Daryll BryantSpeaker: Daryll Bryant

Daryll is an Executive and Leadership Coach and Change Leader with a history of success in operations, manufacturing, and M&A advising for Fortune 100 companies. As a transformational leader, he has a passion for engaging with employees at all levels of an organization to develop and execute strategies that affect change and deliver sustainable results. In particular, he has great interest in the impact of Artificial Intelligence on the workforce and how employers and employees can prepare for the change. He has experience and education in business strategy for artificial intelligence.

Have ideas or are interested in a certain topic? Want to be on the steering committee? Please reach out to Louise Jackson at