Thoughts from DePaul ASK Mentor (and English alumna) Christine Baron

I’m sure as English majors we’ve all faced the inevitable confusion, indifference, or even scorn that comes when we cheerfully share our major and chosen academic trajectory.

DePaul ASK mentor and English alumna Christine Baron recently wrote an article discussing what she’s been able to do with her degree in English. Check it out here for some insight!

DePaul’s ASK (alumni Sharing Knowledge) program is a great resource, folks! From their website:

“DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is a network of alumni and friends who serve as career mentors, working with students one-on-one, in practice interviews and at job fairs, and speaking at networking events and open houses throughout the university. ASK mentors were once DePaul students, so they know what you are going through. Whether you are exploring majors or career options or searching for a job that aligns with your passion, talking to someone who’s been there can help. There are over 1,000 mentors in ASK at any given time who represent a variety of professional expertise. Have your A-HA moment with ASK!”

THIS WEEK! ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) Event, 9/23/14

Greetings, Underground readers! As your friendly grad-student-cum-editor (read: well-versed in the old job hunt), I can never stress enough the importance of building your network. As a truism we all know goes, It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know.

Join Alumni Sharing Knowledge‘s (ASK) kickoff networking breakfast for the school year as we discover careers that are projected to rapidly grow.  Leading the discussion will be DePaul alumna and ASK mentor Mary Williamson.

Mary is a full-cycle recruiter who hires for a variety of levels and roles, from entry level all the way to the C-Suite and executive level. With nearly 20 years of talent acquisition experience, Mary has recruited in a variety of industries including healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, finance, sales, and science.  She is excited to share the trends she sees in jobs that are currently in demand and will offer you tips on how to get ahead of the competition.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and open networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.  Open to DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

September ASK Networking Breakfast
Hot Career Areas
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
8:30am – 9:30am
Loop campus, DPC 11th Floor, DePaul Club

Newspaper columnists in a digital age….

You remember Kenny Lapins right?

Yes that Kenny, who so graciously shared his wisdom about post-DePaul employment as a professional freelance writer. (Here’s his profile, in case you forgot)

Well Kenny just did an interview with DePaul’s ASK Network (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) about being “a newspaper columnist in a digital age”.  Online writing portfolios, Einstein and automatic toliets and “the insidious nature of glitter”…check out the rest of the interview.

Life After DePaul: How to use your liberal arts degree after graduation

Monday, May 9, 12:30 – 2pm

Lincoln Park campus, Student Center, Room 220

If someone asked you what you will do after graduation, do you have an answer ready? Will you go to grad school, apply for jobs, neither, both? Join us as we hear experiences from DePaul alumni who graduated with a liberal arts degree like you. What was their life like after DePaul? How did they use their degree in their careers? In this session, you’ll also have a chance to reflect on your own skills and interests and begin planning your future. Presented by Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) and the Career Center.  Register by sending an email to

 Also, our events for the rest of the spring quarter are also listed on our website: