alumni networks

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips on finding a mentor? Like I get you start a conversation and maybe get their contact info but do you like hit them once a month with a question or? What if you don't have any questions/ can't think of any? How do you not lose contact with them? What's okay to ask in the first place? Everyone tells me to network and I do get business cards and send thank you emails and add people on linkedin but I have no idea what the steps are afterwards.

Yes, a few tips below.

Why are mentors important?

Because you don’t know what the hell you’re doing and having someone who already does with valuable knowledge on what you’re trying to do will help you screw up less along the way.

Finding a mentor

Some methods:

  • School. Your university is your main portal into the professional world because it’s rich with connections, resources, and people who are literally paid to do nothing but help you succeed in life. Utilize career centers and alumni networks heavily.
  • Internships and jobs. Pick someone in a role relevant to your career goals. 
  • Family of friends / friends of friends: Self-explanatory, you have an instant in from a shared connection.
  • LinkedIn: Look for people who work for companies and in roles you’re looking to break into. Send a short message about who you are, what you’re looking to accomplish, and a request to chat over the phone. I often get random messages from college students on LinkedIn and the ones I respond to are concise (what you need) and well-researched (you’ve done your homework prior to contacting me, you’re only asking for information that’s not readily available on Google).  

Potential mentors

  • Professors: All university professors are accomplished in their respective fields. They’ve got big shiny credentials, robust networks, tons of academic accomplishments, and industry knowledge that can help you. In business schools, our professors are executives in companies that are looking to hire us. Do well in your classes for this reason.
  • Upperclassmen: They have limited real world experience because they’re still in school but they can help you see ahead a few years down the line. Their experience is immediately relevant because you can learn immediately relevant things like which classes are best to take, which events are worth attending, and which companies are hiring. 
    • TAs: Also good resources, typically graduate students with depth of knowledge.
  • Alumni: Why are alumni so keen to mentor? Aside from shared fondness for your school, the more successful you (current student and future alum) are in life– the more valuable their (the alum’s) degree becomes. It’s in their best interests to help you because it raises the reputation of the university if their alums are successful. Studies show that there’s an inherent favoritism built into most people that compels them to hire someone who graduated from their alma mater over someone who didn’t– use this to your advantage. 
  • Family of friends / friends of friends: Self-explanatory.

Questions for mentors

I prefer speaking over the phone rather than email because I don’t like typing dissertations. A quick 15-minute phone call is faster but people vary so always ask what their preferred method of communication is.

Some suggestions:

  • How did you break into your industry/role?
    • What’s your academic/professional background?
  • What do you credit your success to?
  • What are your career goals down the line?
  • What kind of projects do you work on?
  • What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
  • What skills and experience are relevant to your role?
    • What programs and/or skills do you use often?
  • What’s the toughest part of your job?
  • Is there anyone else you recommend I connect with/get in touch with/speak to? - this question expands your network further.
  • How can I assist you? - this question is always a curveball but it’s a good one. It changes the dynamic of the relationship so that you’re actively contributing something back to them. It also opens up the potential for them to extend any opportunities to you.

General advice

  • On engaging a mentor: Successful people are usually busy people and busy people don’t have much free time. Don’t bug someone to meet you in-person unless they offer first because that takes a huge amount of effort, email and phone will have to suffice. With an understanding that everyone’s different, I would be very to the point (but still polite) when engaging mentors to avoid wasting their time. The more you write, the more they have to read.
  • On keeping in touch: An email once every few months is ideal but only if you have relevant updates, always add on LinkedIn if possible because it helps with staying up to date with the mentor’s career.  
  • On what not to ask: Salary questions are usually taboo unless they bring it up first. I’m very open with salary questions over the phone because it’s a data point that someone should know when considering a major career decision but most aren’t comfortable with this question. 

swingingrobin  asked:

In university, networking is super important if you ever want to find a decent job in your field. But if everyone can only use aliases, how do they properly network?

Alumni might not remember the reason for nicknames but they generally remember what a huge part of the university culture it is, and are pretty understanding about it when meeting students on campus.

And for non- alumni, legal names (not necessarily the same as true names) are exchanged a little more freely online and much more freely off campus. It would absolutely be possible to make connections, although in the instance that you met these people in person on campus, you’d have to do a bit of quick talking to explain why your nametag says Doritos. (Possibly senior year there’s a general shift in class nicknames towards ‘realer’-sounding safenames, exclusively for the purposes of Meeting Influential People? The most common excuse is generally that it’s a childhood nickname, even if you’ve only been going by ‘Anna’ for a month).

An unpopular opinion: grad school

There’s been so much talk of “cultural elites” or “coastal elites” lately. My impression is that a significant cultural status marker–at least in NYC–is the possession of a graduate degree. *Particularly* one in a non-technical field that doesn’t strictly require advanced education to participate or advance. (For example, you need a JD to practice law. You do not need an MFA to work as a furniture designer, so to have one anyway is prestigious.)

This gets me into trouble if I bring it up in social settings. People say, “Oh, I just wanted to achieve a personal goal.” Which is true and admirable, of course. But if I talk, even abstractly, about degrees as cultural markers, of this being part of a broader phenomenon, people get upset.

I sat at a casual gathering recently and toted up the degrees. Penn, MIT, Cornell, Brown + NYU, Brown + NYU…Thinking on it now, most of my friends locally have degrees from Ivy Leagues or elite liberal-arts schools (and I do not), so it becomes even stranger that they would deny it or be unaware of it. I guess it is harder to observe the phenomenon from the inside? Or maybe I’m being uncouth, talking religion at the dinner table.

I have started to wonder if I’m being left behind culturally. Right now, I’m often the youngest in the room in professional settings, and I’ve achieved a higher job title than my peers. However, I’m also the token geographic (Alabama-born) and educational (art school) minority, and at some point, I’ll stop being “cute” and “scrappy” and just be a country imposter without a useful alumni network. It is scary to me.

And also, the thought of going to grad school–without family or spousal financial support–is scary. It would mean working part-time hours (or not at all), taking on a lot of debt, forestalling any sort of family-building decisions, and likely not earning a higher salary afterwards (because of my field). Of course, I would learn things, but the main appeal would be cultural prestige and a lifelong alumni network. I can’t make it make sense and yet it seems like a thing I absolutely need to do.

hey here’s a fun fact no one gives a shit where u went to college. if a job requires an advanced degree they don’t give a shit about ur college and neither will grad school. if a job doesn’t, all they care about is that u can do the job. sure there are “connections” and “alumni networks” but at the end of the day it’s just a dick measuring contest
and also community college is like. the best thing after public libraries & whether u spend 2 yrs and transfer or get ur whole degree at one most ppl won’t give a shit (again, unless u need an advanced degree for the job). there are a lot of ways to get to where u wanna be & u don’t necessarily need to break ur bank at a 4 yr school or go to an ivy to get there.

The Biggest Mistakes 20-Something Job Seekers Make

A list of mistakes 20-somethings should avoid making:

1) Acting entitled.

2) Under-utilizing the alumni network.

3) Using a résumé that’s sloppy and too self-centered.

4) Writing cover letters that repeat the résumé.

5) Failing to clean up their social media profile.

Here’s how you can avoid these mistakes and more.

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aujsquiat-deactivated20170615  asked:

Was it difficult breaking into the work scene in DC? I want to move there after I get my masters in social work this Spring.

In DC you have to talk about race and class when talking about work here. 

Networking really is everything in this city, but that requires tremendous class privilege and access. If you have a lot of degrees and/or graduated from prestigious universities with big alumni networks, then it isn’t that hard to find a job here. Graduating from Duke, I was able to find a job within a month, and a lot of people coming from schools like mine are able to find a full-time job within a few months, or they take “unpaid internships” which their parents bankroll for them so that they can get a “foot in the door.” Who can afford that but the rich? Who has access to these alumni networks from schools like Duke, Harvard and more except those with tremendous class privilege?

For example, in SE DC in Anacostia (a poor black neighborhood in Ward 8), there was the highest unemployment rate in the country back in 2011 (25%), and the poverty rate hovered around 35%.  If you asked someone there how difficult it is to break “into the work scene in DC” the answer would be simple: nigh impossible. And for many of the poor black residents of this city both inside and out of Ward 8, the story is much the same. Former Mayor Marion Barry created tremendous opportunities for black people here and helped carve out a black middle class, but even for that middle class some of their gains have been eroded by subsequent administrations. And many of the employment pathways that Marion Barry opened up that helped lift many black families out of poverty have now been shuttered as well (from what I’ve heard from black residents here). There is almost no way out of poverty and the situation is deteriorating as 21st century white colonization and capitalism (known benignly as “gentrification”) continues to consume this city and tear apart these communities. 

I, on the other hand, am not from DC but came with prestigious degrees and class privilege that afforded me: a huge alumni network to leverage in my job hunt, cash to survive on while I searched, parents to cosign my rental agreement if needbe when I found a place, and access to housing with relatives during my search as well. One month after coming to DC on a whim I had a job. How long have some of the poor black people without degrees in Anacostia and other parts of the city been looking with no results? How many of them can even afford to live in DC anymore as 21st century colonization (”gentrification”) ravages their neighborhoods, guts public housing, drives thousands of them into homelessness and even more out of the city altogether? What does a “job search” look like for them in DC other than being a euphemism for another dead end?

When talking about DC and job prospects, class and race have to be discussed as well. DC is not one city, but is fractured deeply along these lines, and the poor black residents of this city, especially those who are homeless or in public housing, bear the brunt of this hurt and trauma. Hope that helps contextualize things a bit.

I’m sure there are fraternities doing stellar volunteer work right this second (though you can build a volunteer organisation without being all male or all white), and I’m sure there are thousands of shy kids grateful for the friends they made in the Greek system (though if it were really a safety net for social outcasts it would be full of social outcasts), and it’s indisputable that frat-house halls have fostered some tremendous leaders. But what Greek life is really about, at its heart, is networking with alumni – specifically after graduation, when students enter the job market.

Because of the extant structure of our society – in which men hold the vast majority of the seats of power in nearly every sphere (politics, business, media, etc) – fraternities will, by the numbers, always have access to higher and wider connections than sororities. When schools sanction exclusionary, gender-segregated clubs, they are directly facilitating shrouded transfers of male power. They perpetuate the illusion of a meritocracy while directly undermining any chance of one.
Alumni Network Analysis

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A great example of how utilizing graph/network analysis leads to insight that summary statistics and tables can’t provide.

>Alumni connections are important resources that contribute to university evaluation. Even though alumni connections represent networks, they have been mostly evaluated as tabular data (e.g. by providing average salary, employment rate, etc.). This ironically disregards all qualities of a network, from which an alumni network gets its name.

my alma mater has never contacted me for anything but money

you know what would be great?

if i got a letter that said “hey there fellow wildcat! just checking in to see how everything is going. how are you doing in the life after graduation? have you found a job? we have an amazing alumni network to help if you haven’t. are you looking to apply for grad school? that’s a great option; we have resources to help with writing personal statements and can schedule informal information sessions with alums that graduated from here and may be at schools you’re applying to. we are so proud that you’ve made it through school with us. we want to help you make it through your next steps as well!”

real talk

i’d give all my fucking money to the institution that helped me cultivate a career and not just came to me with their hands out.

just sayin

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

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Students online access to resources University Library.

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University of Minnesota -  (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA)

It manages the school learning program so successful for students in grades K-12.

With just under 70,000 students, 25,000 faculty members of the management faculty, and alumni network of more than 400,000, on the Internet Minnesota influence has surrounded the world.

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The school is now the effects of the economy of Minnesota to the tune of $ 8.6 billion annually.

University of Florida Distance Learning (Gainesville, FL)

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Ranked by Bloomberg Business from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration # 44 of University College of Business Administration, while Forbes ranked the University of Florida # 42 universities in research.

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements at the university and those determined by the degree program.

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Undergraduate and graduate studies include topics of environmental management degree in the field of agriculture and natural resources, education, health, and biology, entomology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Latin. Students also can pursue doctoral degrees in education, hearing, philosophy, classical studies, and the practice of nursing, and pharmacy.

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Students can learn remote access to a variety of support services, such as online course management system, library resources, professional services, and the system of online registration. University of Florida graduate distance education can join the more than 300,000 alumni network all over the world.

A member of the University System of Florida, the university has 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. University of Florida has a membership in the Association of American Universities (which is an excellent research universities Society of North America).