Much has changed at Princeton between 1966 and today, but alumni can still recall the anxiety of deciding what to do after graduation. Through a special networking evening for the Class of 2016, members of the Class of 1966 and Class of 1991 returned to campus Feb. 24 to offer career advice and encourage current students to follow their passions. The networking event helped to expose students to a wide range of fields, including law, finance, technology, and nonprofits, and revealed the nonlinear career paths of successful alumni. Planned in conjunction with Career Services, there were 48 students and 10 alumni at the event. Students like Tiffany Chen â16 said they enjoyed hearing anecdotes from alumni about their changing career goals. âFor me, this was really reassuring and inspiring to see how many people didnât have plans or completely went off what they were going to do. I donât know yet what I want to do, and itâs nice to know that Iâll be OK eventually,â Chen said. The evening was part of a larger, ongoing initiative to foster relationships between the Class of 2016 and its âgrandparentâ and âparentâ classes of â66 and â91. Each of the classes has something to offer the others, James Robertson â91 said. âYou have the youth, exuberance, and the sponginess, so to speak, of people who want to absorb what weâve learned. And then for us [the Class of 1991], we have it going two ways: We have advice to offer but we have someone to lean on as well. For the â66 guys, it seems like they have an outlet for a wellspring of knowledge that theyâve accumulated,â Robertson said. In the future, the three classes hope to include the Class of 2011 as a âsibling classâ in order to provide another perspective on careers and other life decisions. After the success of Tuesdayâs event, Career Services plans to provide additional programming to facilitate relationships between current students and their âgrandparentâ or âparentâ classes. âIt always is so rewarding for those of us in Career Services when we can see these connections unfolding,â said Eva Kubu, director of external relations and operations at Career Services. âWhere these conversations will lead, one only knows â to career opportunities, to further connections, to building upon this legacy of Princeton alums and the alumni network.â
For the record â An earlier version of this post misidentified James Robertson â91 as the president of his class.