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Engage & Connect

Join our global alumni network, discover what alums are accomplishing, share your achievements.

Each year, nearly 900 doctoral and over 2,100 master's degree recipients join the ranks of Rackham Graduate School alumni. These alumni have, in large and small ways, left their marks on the university and made our world a better place.

We invite you, our alumni, to stay connected with the university. With a global network of 90,000+ alumni, you have an opportunity to connect with classmates, peers, and professionals around the world in your field and in others.

Alumni Profiles

Do you wonder what Rackham alumni do for a living? The varied career options alumni take offer great examples and words of wisdom for current students.

Featured Profile

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Mary Carleton, M.S., L.I.S.

Job Title and Organization

Coordinator of Technology, Farmington Community Library

First Position After Graduate School

I did not change jobs but was promoted, not immediately.

Career Skills Graduate Students Should Develop

Group projects try to develop team skills, but it is much different with the LTRs of a keeper-career type job. You need 10 positive interactions to counteract any negative ones. Be personable, but professional. Stay on top of your field, nobody owes you a paycheck. A desire to be of service helps the helper as well. Also commitment to being a very sane person, and getting the support/fun/passion/therapy/vacations needed are good for you and all. Strive, in a non-showoffy way, to be the clearest person in the room.

Advice for Graduate Students

Balance passion with practicality. Be patient. Figure out who you really are and where you can be that. Value process in addition to product. Understand the culture of where you want to work and make that a large part of your job searches.

Last updated: October 11, 2016 - 3:12pm