80% of jobs or internships are found by making connections with professionals and alumni. The more professional friends you have in your network, the better your chances of finding the right opportunity.
Often, hearing the words “connections” and “networking” can easily make your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat.
It’s Okay. Take a DEEP breath.
Think of “connections” or people in your “professional network” to be more like friends. Friends tend to help friends when they are in need.
The more professional friends you make, the wider your network becomes which can lead to more jobs, internships and opportunities.
• Don't forget to introduce yourself and remember to thank them for their time.
• When wearing a name tag at a networking event, place it on your right side, so that when somebody shakes your hand, it's easier to read your name.
We know that you have a lot of questions about your future career path, you are not alone. UB alumni have been in the same situation and they know how you feel.
Fun Fact: Connecting to UB alumni is one of the easiest and quickest ways to build your connections.
Find your people, hopefully leading to your the next big step.
Career Conversations are a great opportunity to connect with UB alumni face-to-face from different career industries with different career experiences in a fun and casual way. You'll have the opportunity to connect with a potential professional contact, or even more importantly, a mentor.
Can't make it to an appointment during office hours and you need quick tips from someone in your industry or to practice for your big interview? You are in luck! You can get after hour advice, coaching, and prep from your UB Alumni-Powered Global Network by booking and completing a consultation with a UB alum.
Here's how to get started in the UB Career Connector Network
1. Click Get Advice.
2. Register with your UB email address.
3. Complete your full profile.
4. Browse hundreds of UB alumni that are waiting to help you and schedule a consultation.
See what company culture fits your style-- leadership or career-wise.
Want to know what it would be like to work at leading companies in the New York City area. Select an experience when registering for the event and be taken on guided tours to top companies to learn the latest tips & tricks and experience the office culture all while meeting UB alumni.
REALM is an opportunity to shadow and spend a day in the life of a professional in your field.
See our list of conversation starter topics and questions for when doing an informational interview.