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How can your college alumni network help you further your career?
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How can your college alumni network help you further your career?

A recent Gallup article noted that only 9% of college grads say that their alumni network is helpful as they look for jobs. This low number is surprising, as this is one of the reasons many students will choose a particular college: access to the alumni network.

When do you remember first reaching out to your alumni network? Was it during school or after? Did alums come to your campus and share their “wisdom” with students about their careers and job search? We both try to invite alums back (or did, pre-COVID-19), as often as they were willing to come back to campus, as we found it a great way for alums to stay in contact with school (and us!) and for students to learn more about prospective career possibilities.

We also find that many alums we know are more than willing to share their insights and experience with our own students now, through our Trust Network. We are grateful to all of you who freely give your time to help our students. We are also grateful to those of you who have shared your wisdom with us about the job search process as we are finalizing our new book, College to Career.

Our alumni networks from Albion College, Princeton University, The University of Michigan Ross School of Business and UNC-Chapel Hill have all been helpful to us in many ways, and we try to be helpful right back to them by mentoring students, giving (of course!), and making connections between fellow alums.

Are there ways you wish your alumni network was more helpful to you? We’d love to know what you think!