As the hub of a powerful career community, Student Engagement & Career Development can help you connect with employers, alumni, and professionals in your field.
Wildcat Career Network
Brought to you by the UA Alumni Association
Wouldn't it be great to talk with someone who's already been where you want to go in your career – without the awkwardness of finding and contacting strangers?
At every step of your career journey, University of Arizona alumni are there for you. Through the Wildcat Career Network, you can connect with alumni who've worked at companies across different industries — and who have volunteered to help you and the next generation of Wildcats for Life with their careers.
Meet with alumni mentors for career conversations, resume critiques, and mock interviews through the Wildcat Career Network.
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The UA Alumni Association offers free access to the Wildcat Career Network. Review the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about the program.
Before requesting a meeting, review the adviser's profile online. You can also view an alumni adviser's current title, work experience, academic background and, when available, general schedule.
We will never share your name, phone number, or email address with the adviser. You are welcome to share this information with your adviser during the course of your conversation if you would like.
Keep these points in mind:
- Contact only one adviser at a time. This will help you make the scheduled meetings and manage your connections
- This is primarily an information gathering network. Direct questions like "Do you have a job for me?" or "Can you hire me for your organization?" are not appropriate
- Be respectful of your adviser's time. Respond to all adviser's emails within two days
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How do I sign up? Signing up is easy. Go to Wildcat Career Network and register for access. Follow the directions on the screen and registration should take less than two minutes.
How do I search for alumni related to my interests? You can search by keyword, or by using the search filters provided. Many of the alumni mentors may not be working in a field associated with their degree, or they may be in your ideal position but have a title that varies slightly or significantly from your expectation. By using the available filters, which include job function, employer, industry, services offered and location, you may have a better change of finding the adviser who is perfect for your situation.
How do I get connected with an adviser? The program will do all the work for you. You select your adviser and his/her available time. The adviser is given 48 hours to respond and if he/she cannot make the time, you will receive an email letting you know. The day before the phone meeting, a reminder email will be sent with a private conference call number. No personal phone numbers or emails are exchanged unless you choose to do so during your meeting.
Is it appropriate to ask an alumni adviser for a job or a contact in their HR department? Usually, no. This is an information gathering and professional networking program. Treat the conversation in a professional manner. There may be times where it's appropriate to ask this question, but remember this is not an opportunity to "spam" advisers with your resume.
How long or how many times can an advice seeker and an adviser stay connected? You may contact an adviser only once, or you may choose to ask for additional advice from the same adviser at a later date. As long as both the advisee and adviser agree to continue connecting, the relationship can last indefinitely.
Networking is all about making connections and building relationships in order to expand your web of contacts within your career field. While much attention is given to the use of business-oriented social networking services online, in-person networking is a productive and enduring way to solidify rewarding and mutually beneficial relationships. The events and programs hosted by Student Engagement & Career Development and the Alumni Association are a great way to continue connecting with new people and leveraging your growing network.
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Career Services hosts events throughout the year where students can network with employers, alumni, and industry professionals. For example, treks give students the opportunity to visit companies to learn about the organizations and network with employers. Panels bring alumni professionals to campus to discuss trends in their field, provide advice on professional development, and network with students.
To get more information and to find a networking event, see our Treks, Panels, and Networking page.
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Student Alumni Ambassadors is a student club that connects students to Wildcat alumni and celebrates UA traditions. SAA is open to all current UA students, and more than 500 UA students are currently members. SAA members are eligible to attend major alumni networking events that put students face-to-face with hundreds of Arizona alumni to build their professional networks.
Go to Student Alumni Ambassadors for more information and to get involved in SAA!
LinkedIn is a powerful tool for building and cultivating your network. Make the most of it by getting connected with alumni and industry professionals.
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Students are welcome to join the largest UA LinkedIn group, which has 30,000 members.
There are over 200 other UA groups on LinkedIn, so search for your college, your department, your fraternity or sorority, and any clubs or organizations with which you're involved.
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Use the LinkedIn Alumni Finder to search for interesting UA alumni. This filters all of LinkedIn for anyone with UA in the education section of their profile. Add additional filters for city, company, industry, graduation date, and keywords.
Are you a marketing major interested in jobs in social media in Los Angeles? Filter for alumni in marketing in Los Angeles, and add the keywords "social media".
This is a great way to understand career paths. Find someone with a job you might like, and see how they got there. Where did they intern? What was their first job title? Do they have a graduate degree? What skills do they say they have?
You can also use LinkedIn's advanced search to find professionals in your industry or at companies you're interested in. Joining LinkedIn groups related to your fields of interest will also allow you to identify possible networking connections.
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If you find someone interesting, consider reaching out to them and see if they'd be up for a quick, 20-minute informal interview about their career path, their industry, or insights into their organization.
Remember that you can direct message most people if you're both in a common LinkedIn group - search for them by name in the group member list.
Your message should be short, polite, and clear. Mention any commonalities (like the UA, your fraternity or sorority, or mutual friends.) Don't sound pushy, demanding, or as if you're just looking for a job.
I found you on LinkedIn while looking for mechanical engineers in Chicago, and I'm hoping you'd be willing to network with a fellow Wildcat. I'm a junior at the University of Arizona, and I'm trying to learn more about engineering companies in the Midwest. Any chance I could ask you a question or two about your company, over the phone or by email? And please let me know if I can ever help you!
If you get the opportunity to do an informational interview with someone in your field, make sure you have a list of questions prepared. Examples:
- How did you get your start in the field?
- What is your typical day like?
- What do you like most and least about your job?
- What skills do you look for when you hire?
- What professional development resources do you use?
And make sure you follow up with a thank-you note or email!