Why Networking Matters

Connecting with professionals can be an informative, eye-opening, and potentially vital part of your job search process. Maybe that is why many find it to be so daunting! Finding out more about the networking process and forming a strategy with a career counselor will help calm your nerves and maximize the results.

Ways Your Career Services Office Can Help

Your college's career service office will be able to help you:

  • Learn networking protocols (follow up is key!)
  • Connect with alumni and professionals in your field(s) of interest
  • Conduct an informational interview
  • Prepare for and get the most out of career fairs and networking events

LinkedIn 101

LinkedIn 101 Learning Webinar Recording - September 25, 2013

Mentoring Programs

These programs offer you the opportunity to connect with alumni and friends of the University of Minnesota who work in your field of interest. Below is a link to each college's own structured mentoring program. 

GoldPASS - Professional Networking Database (CBS, CEHD, CLA, CSE, School of Nursing)

  • GoldPASS's professional networking database gives students a unique chance to connect with employers, alumni, parents, and other external partners to expand their own professional network.  It is available to students in CBS, CEHD, CLA, CSE, and Nursing.
  • To search for a mentor, go to GoldPASS and click on "Professional Networking."

CFANS Mentor Program

  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences students connect with alumni and friends of the college who work in their areas of career interest.

College of Design Mentor Program

  • This program gives students additional insight into the discipline and practice of architecture and landscape architecture, clothing design, graphic design, housing studies, interior design, and retail merchandising.

CBS Mentor Program

  • The CBS Alumni and Advancement Office matches interested CBS undergraduates with alumni who hold a job related to a student's field of interest.

College of Science and Engineering Mentor Program

  • College of Science and Engineering students are matched with professionals in science, math, and engineering fields.

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Mentor program provides one-to-one matches between students and University of Minnesota alumni and other professionals in the student's areas of interest.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • The alumni board connects SJMC juniors, seniors and graduate students with professionals willing to share their experiences.

College of Pharmacy

  • Introduces first-year pharmacy students to professional career opportunities under the mentorship of pharmacists working in a variety of practice and business settings.

School of Public Health

  • This program matches students with alumni and other practicing professionals who share their interests.

Did You Know?

89% of recruiters have hired someone through LinkedIn.