2019 Beyond the Gates: Preparing for Life and Work after Sewanee

Juniors and seniors are invited to participate in this fast-paced and engaging weekend (January 11-12, 2019) staffed by alumni and parents from a variety of career fields and areas of the country. The fifteenth-annual weekend includes networking opportunities, practice interviews, business dining etiquette, career-specific panel discussions, and advice on life and work after Sewanee.  Registration has closed.

Beyond the Gates Schedule

Students who participate in Beyond the Gates have the chance to network with helpful alumni and parents and to learn about

  • various careers and career paths
  • how to begin and conduct a job search
  • helpful tips on interviewing and the opportunity for a practice interview
  • resumes and cover letters with the opportunity for a critique
  • what it's like to live and work in various cities from those who are there
  • personal finance and budgeting
  • business dining etiquette and networking techniques
  • succeeding in the first year on the job

 Julie Jolles

‌This year's keynote speaker is Julie Vibul Jolles, C'01. Julie Jolles has worked for the U. S. Department of State since 2003 and currently serves at the World Bank after a recent assignment at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN).  

She is a political officer working on central and southern Africa. In her position at USUN, Julie is responsible for negotiating the mandates of two of the largest UN peacekeeping missions. Prior to serving at USUN, Julie was the Jerusalem-based Gaza economic officer covering economic and humanitarian issues in Gaza during two military conflicts – Operation Protective Edge and Operation Pillar of Defense.  Julie has also worked on closing Guantanamo Bay and facilitated the first Guantanamo detainee transfer of the Obama Administration. She has also served in Paris and Bogotá.  Julie is married with two children.


Networking Etiquette and Business Dining Etiquette will be taught for the eleventh time by Sewanee parent Virginia "Gina" H. Johnson, former associate vice president for Auxiliary Services at the University of Alabama and certified by the Emily Post Institute. 

Now in its fifteenth year, the event is often full prior to the registration deadline.  Successful registration also involves approval of an up-to-date resume by Career & Leadership Development staff, uploading your resume on TigerNet, completing the StrengthsQuest assessment, and completing the Statement of Understanding and registering with Residential Life to return early to your room. (Links to be provided soon.) Until these steps are complete, you will not be considered a registered participant. All registered students will be sent links, instructions and deadlines for competing the steps to be considered completely registered as an attendee.

Past attendees said: 

"I learned so much from the weekend! It was such a helpful experience. I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my future, but after talking to everyone, I feel more confident about future career choices, along with the fact that I can actually survive after college!"

"As the first of my family to graduate college looking for a professional job, Beyond the Gates has thoroughly established an extensive foundation on how to seek employment and succeed once employed."

"It was reassuring to know that many who have attended grad school had a waiting period in between their graduation from Sewanee and their entrance into grad school. It helped me realize that I should set my goals on entry level jobs that will help me focus on what I really want to do with my future."

"Sewanee alumni really do want to help you!"‌




Gailor Auditorium and Classrooms, Convocation Hall, Sewanee Inn

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