Why Networking Matters

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

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Mentoring Programs

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. 

Maroon and Gold Network

  •  Providing purposeful career-related connections and advice for students, alumni, and the University of Minnesota community. Brought to you by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

CFANS Mentor Program

  • 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.

College of Design Mentor Program

  • 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.

CBS Mentor Program

  • 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 Mentor Program

  • College of Science and Engineering students are matched with professionals in science, math, and engineering fields.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Mentor program provides one-to-one matches between students and University of Minnesota alumni and other professionals in the student's areas of interest.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • The alumni board connects SJMC juniors, seniors and graduate students with professionals willing to share their experiences.

College of Pharmacy

  • Introduces first-year pharmacy students to professional career opportunities under the mentorship of pharmacists working in a variety of practice and business settings.

School of Public Health

  • This program matches students with alumni and other practicing professionals who share their interests.

Did You Know?

89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn.