Photo: Ellie Park ’26

Earlier this month, over 250 students and 50 alumni of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences gathered online and in-person to connect and learn from each other during "Where Do I Go From Yale?" 

This annual event, now in its 14th year, is a collaborative effort between the Yale Alumni Association and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association. It provides a platform for alumni to share their professional insights and journeys across various industries with students who are just beginning to embark on their professional lives. 

Participants were encouraged to join a series of virtual sessions from April 1 to April 10, where they delved into diverse career areas. These sessions included explorations into government and public policy, leveraging graduate study for careers in law, discovering opportunities in data science and AI, and navigating careers in consulting and finance. The discussions were not only informative but also facilitated valuable networking opportunities.

Kicking off the in-person portion of “Where Do I Go From Yale?” was April 12’s Nourish & Network Dinner. This informal gathering provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to have one-on-one conversations with Graduate School Alumni Board members, event panelists, and each other.

On April 13, attendees gathered in-person at Linsly Chittenden Hall on Old Campus for keystone sessions centered on providing practical advice, networking opportunities, and insights into post-graduate research options. Attendees benefitted from discussions on managing the early years of grad school, entering the corporate world, and exploring research options after obtaining a Ph.D.

Reflecting on the success of the event, Deborah J. Jagielow, Associate Director of Engagement & Alumni Relations at Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, expressed, “We are thrilled with the engagement and networking opportunities that 'Where Do I Go From Yale?' provided to our current students and recent graduates. It’s inspiring to see our alumni sharing their diverse career journeys and insights, and we look forward to continuing to support our community in their professional development.”

The event served as a valuable platform for participants to gain insights, connect with industry experts and alumni, and explore pathways for their professional growth and development. 

Interested in getting involved in this and future programs? Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni website or the Yale Alumni Association’s volunteer opportunities