Making connections doesn’t have to be scary, and is one of the most effective strategies you can use to explore and launch a career.
Think you don’t know anyone? Here are some key people to start with:
- Alumni: Logger Link is an online community where alumni have volunteered to be a resource for students, which makes it more comfortable to reach out to ask questions.
- Faculty: Your faculty can be a wonderful resource — they’ve seen students explore options and launch a wide range of careers.
- Supervisors (from jobs, internships, volunteer roles), Group Leaders, Coaches, etc.: People who’ve seen you in action can also be a resource in your quest to meet folks who are doing work that intrigues you.
- CES Career Advisors: Like faculty, your career advisors have worked with many, many students and alumni. They can help you identify people to reach out to. Bonus — they’re also experts at using LinkedIn, which can help you move from known contacts to the broader world of professionals.
Use the resources on this page to learn more about building your network and finding a mentor.
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