Career support

 

EPFL alumni can benefit from a efficient support for their career through two tailor-made and confidential services.

These services are provided by an expert on the job market with 15+ years experience in different industries, countries and professions, such as recruitment, business development and management.

Young alumni can also benefit from a mentoring program thanks to experienced alumni acting as mentors. Another page is dedicated to our mentoring program for EPFL young talents.

 

CAREER HOTLINE

The Career hotline is a remote support service which helps you with specific issues, requiring around half an hour processing.
Please find frequent issues below:

  • Career progression & salary negotiation;
  • CV check & work certificate check;
  • Swiss employment law;
  • Recognition of diploma abroad.

The Career hotline service is available for contributing members (i.e. with any valid annual contribution).
The different levels of annual contributions and related benefits are available here.
If your request implies an in-depth analysis of your profile and career options, the career advisor may suggest you choose a 90-minute career support session.
Submit your career issue here.

 

90-MINUTE CAREER SUPPORT SESSION

The 90-minute career support session is a face to face personal meeting at the Rolex Learning Center or via Skype.
Please find below a few topics covered during a session:

  • Advice and coaching on career strategy, professional development, visibility on the job market, continuing education;
  • Advice on career shift, employability according to the job market and on your positioning in terms of profile, jobs & industries;
  • Job hunt support: best practices, methods, tools & channels, networking, application file, mock interview, personal branding;
  • Advice for your career abroad or your return to Switzerland.

The price of one 90-minute career support session is CHF 250.- (incl. VAT), and CHF 100.- (incl. VAT) for Standard contributing members. Club and Gold Contributing members benefit from one free support session per year. Additional career support sessions are based on the same prices. And if you are not a contributing member yet, you have the option to pay for both the Standard annual contribution and career support session, i.e. CHF 200.- (incl. VAT), simultaneously.

If you want to benefit from this service, please fill in the short form by clicking the link below.
Our career advisor will get back to you soon.
Request your career support session here.

 

TESTIMONIES

« The support session was very useful. It allowed me to remember what needs to be taken into account when applying for a job. The career counselor also explained how to manage a Linkedin account with the goal of getting a job. During our phone interview, she also highlighted personnal skills and assets I didn’t identify before. That gave me confidence. We also discussed what I need to work on. I am very satisfied with the process. Now the advice has to be put into practice. »
Laurent, Diploma in Materials science and engineering, 2003

I graduated in late 2015 with a PhD in molecular life sciences. I wanted to switch my career from academia to industry. With only vague ideas of my next step, the personalized advice I have received allowed me to clearly identify my best leads and structure my candidacy in an efficient way. I am now pursuing a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical industry. I would strongly recommend any alumni to take advantage of this fantastic support.
Mark, PhD in Life Sciences and Technology, 2015

« Career support greatly helps EPFL alumni remembering their high value on the job market. Boosting self confidence helps to find and succesfully apply for interesting positions.
Very systematic, good psychology. Very useful appointment. »
Fabien, Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 2002

The EPFL Alumni Career Service has been a great help in refining my techniques of approach to recruiters as well as my job research strategy. I do not regret taking half a day off to go to this meeting and I can only advise you to do the same, it was very constructive.
Camille, Master in Microengineering, 2011

« Thanks to the support of the career alumni professional, I regain faith in myself and I landed a job at EPFL. That adviser was the first person to tell me that I was valuable speaking 4 languages, and being perfectly 3 trilingual and that my career path denoted of much flexibility when others would say it was too scattered. »
Catherine, Diploma in Architecture, 1996

I saw an article in the Alumnist magazine on the EPFL Alumni career services. I contacted the person in charge and got an appointment very quickly. It was a great help to me: I simply took stock of my career at a transitional point in my career. What are the possible career development in my current activity? What are the possibilities for action in this changing world? We also took the time to discuss related topics such as my resume and the importance of leadership in companies. The school is in the best position to know the situation and thus guide alumni. Thanks again and congratulations.
Christophe, Diploma in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, 2014

 

CONTACT
EPFL Alumni Career Services: career.alumni@epfl.ch