We are always delighted to hear from alumni! We’ve come to know many of you and like to follow your stories, whether you’re happy in the direction you’ve chosen or are in the midst of a transition. Or it may be that you were so engaged in your Amherst life when on campus that it was difficult to think actively about life post-Amherst and you are just now coming to it.  

That’s not a problem—alumni have full access to our resources, both online and personal, and we are happy to work with you where you are now. We can do in-person, telephone or Skype appointments, and offer tools to help with self-exploration, job postings, and more.

If you’d like to get in touch for any reason, large or small, simply call (413) 542-2265 and tell us you are an alumnus/a and would like to speak with an advisor—we’ll take care of the rest! Don’t hesitate to reach out—we are ready to help and would love to talk with you.

Online Resources

Amherst College Alumni Directory – Find and connect with Amherst alumni working in your field of interest.  

Amherst College Quest – Use your Amherst College user name and password to search for jobs posted for alumni.  If you do not know your user name and password, click here.

LinkedIn.com – The Amherst College Alumni and Friends group has over 5,000 members and is a great way to connect professionally with Amherst alumni and students.  Subgroups have been established for law; marketing, advertising & media; human rights; and real estate.

CareerBeam – Use your Amherst College user name and password to login. If you do not know your user name and password, click here. Easy to use, full-service portal, designed to provide all the resources necessary to guide individuals through the strategic search process and achieve their career goals. Access career assessments and exercises to determine the best career path; record practice interviews; develop a strategic search plan; set target job alerts; and much more. Identify companies and contacts for networking and strategic job search by accessing database search tools  inside of CareerBeam. Use the databases to research industry information or prep for interviews.

Spotlight on Careers – Online resources for exploration of a range of careers that often appeal to liberal arts students and graduates. Within each career category you will find an overview of job titles and trends and links to specific resources to help begin a job or graduate school search.  Email the Career Center for the login information.

Vault – A resource offering company profiles, industry overviews; career guides, interview advice and more.  Use your @amherst.edu email to create an account.

Additional Resources

General career advising – Career advisors are available for consultation on a space available basis. Because current students are our priority and demand is particularly high during the months of September, October, April, and May, we are unable to accommodate appointments requests from alumni who are more than two years out during these months. 

Graduate and professional school advising – Advisors are available for consultation and information is available at https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/.

National fellowship advising – The fellowship coordinator is available for consultation and information is available at https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/fellowships.

Career Center Library – Alumni are welcome to use the Career Center Library located in College Hall. We are open 8am-4pm May 31-Labor Day and 8:30am-4:30pm the remainder of the year.

Reciprocity Agreements – We can often arrange access to career libraries at colleges or universities in your area. These reciprocity agreements do not include participation in recruiting, access to alumni, or individual advising appointments.  Simply email the Career Center with the name and mailing address of the institution along with the name of its career center director and we’ll do the rest!

Private Career Counselors & Coaches

Brooks, Katharine.  “Do You Need a Career Coach? Ten Tips for Finding and Working with a Coach”    www.psychologytoday.com/blog/career-transitions/201102/do-you-need-career-coach.

Sarah Greenspan '02, Launch Coaching – launchcoaching.com

Cori Ashworth, Career Continuum – careercontinuum.com

Tom Denham, Careers in Transition – www.careersintransitionllc.com

Amy Jaffe, Heart At Work Associates – heartatworkassociates.com

Barbara Reinhold Associates – www.barbara-reinhold.com

Caroline Dowd Higgins – carolinedowdhiggins.com/career-coaching

Mary Gorham ’81, Executive Coach - www.marygorham.com

National Career Development Association Directory – associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/consumer_find

National Board of Certified Counselors – www.nbcc.org/

International Coach Federation – www.coachfederation.org/clients/crs/

"How Personal Branding Can Change your Life" with Wendy Mantel '76, Master Personal Brand and Career Strategist. Please go to the bottom of page 2 in the Amherst's video archive: Virtual Lecture Series webinar from April 2013

Quintessential Careers – A career, job, and college site offering free career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials), as well as serving as a directory of links to all job sites. 


Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles

Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt