Career support

 

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

 

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 only. The different levels of annual contributions and related benefits are available here.

If you want to benefit from this service, please Submit your career issue here.

If your request implies an in-depth analysis of your profile and career options, the career advisor may suggest you choose a career support session.

 

CAREER SUPPORT SESSION

The 90-minute career support session (60-minute for Young contributors) is a face to face personal meeting at the Rolex Learning Center or via Skype/Zoom.
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 support session is available is available to Young Contributing Members for CHF 50, to Standard Contributing Members for CHF 100 and free of charge for Club and Gold Members. If you are not a contributing member yet, you have the option to pay your contribution and career support session at once, i.e. CHF 200.- (incl. VAT).

If you want to benefit from this service, please fill in the short form by clicking the link below.

Request your career support session here. Our career advisor will get back to you soon.

 

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

 

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.

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