Connecting with professionals can be an informative, eye-opening, and potentially vital part of your job search process. Maybe that is why many find it to be so daunting! Finding out more about the networking process and forming a strategy with a career counselor will help calm your nerves and maximize the results.
Ways Your Career Services Office Can Help
Your college's career service office will be able to help you:
- Learn networking protocols (follow up is key!)
- Connect with alumni and professionals in your field(s) of interest
- Conduct an informational interview
- Prepare for and get the most out of career fairs and networking events
These programs offer you the opportunity to connect with alumni and friends of the University of Minnesota who work in your field of interest. Below is a link to each college's own structured mentoring program.
GoldPASS - Professional Networking Database (CBS, CEHD, CLA, CSE, School of Nursing)
- GoldPASS's professional networking database gives students a unique chance to connect with employers, alumni, parents, and other external partners to expand their own professional network. It is available to students in CBS, CEHD, CLA, CSE, and Nursing.
- To search for a mentor, go to GoldPASS and click on "Professional Networking."
- College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences students connect with alumni and friends of the college who work in their areas of career interest.
- This program gives students additional insight into the discipline and practice of architecture and landscape architecture, clothing design, graphic design, housing studies, interior design, and retail merchandising.
- The CBS Alumni and Advancement Office matches interested CBS undergraduates with alumni who hold a job related to a student's field of interest.
- College of Science and Engineering students are matched with professionals in science, math, and engineering fields.
- Mentor program provides one-to-one matches between students and University of Minnesota alumni and other professionals in the student's areas of interest.
- The alumni board connects SJMC juniors, seniors and graduate students with professionals willing to share their experiences.
- Introduces first-year pharmacy students to professional career opportunities under the mentorship of pharmacists working in a variety of practice and business settings.
- This program matches students with alumni and other practicing professionals who share their interests.