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. 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 next big step.
You can use LinkedIn to follow companies and to join industry-focused groups, or to connect with UB alumni.
Once you have a good LinkedIn profile, you can browse through the 165,000+ UB students and alumni. Find an alum you want to connect with and send a connection request with a note about wanting to have a conversation about your career path.
We are changing platforms for the UB Career Connector Network and will launch our new career mentoring system in the future.
What does this mean for you?
This means you have access to the UB Career Connector Network until Tuesday, May 31. While we're making the switch, you can:
Need quick tips from someone in your industry or to practice for your big interview? You're in luck! Get after-hour advice, coaching and prep from your UB Alumni-Powered Global Network by booking and completing a consultation with a UB alum.
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