Your Career Questions Answered! 4/3/24

Your Career Questions Answered! Career Center Newsletter

Questions Corner

Question: What is networking, and how can I do it?

Networking is a great way to explore career options, gain valuable experience in your field, and establish relationships with industry professionals. By doing so, you can position yourself ahead of other job seekers. To start networking, its important to recognize that you already have a network that includes your friends, family, faculty alumni, classmates, and former supervisors.

To expand your network further, here are some other ways in which you can network:

  • Informal Career Networking: This can occur in social gatherings (college events, club meetings, etc.) or professional settings (Handshake events, conferences, career fairs, etc.). This type of networking is helpful to begin or strengthen relationships based on common interests.
  • Planned Career Networking: This involves informational interviews which involve preparing questions to learn about a person’s career journey, industry, job, or organization. You can reach out via email, LinkedIn, or Tiger Link to connect with professionals and alumni, facilitating job or internship opportunities.
How can you prepare for a networking meeting?
  • Develop your Elevator Pitch: This is how you market yourself, and your pitch should communicate your personal brand, convey your unique selling points, and answer the question “Tell me about yourself”. It should be around 30 seconds long.
  • Research the person and company: Show interest in the person you’re meeting with and their company by researching them on LinkedIn and Tiger Link and by reviewing the company website, social media profiles, and other public information.
For additional help, refer to our networking guide, visit our website, or schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant at the Career Center! 

Have any more questions for us? 

We know it can be difficult to ask questions, but we are here to help! Do you have any questions you want to be answered or featured in our next newsletter? If so, fill out this form and tell us what you want to know!

Additionally, you can attend our drop-in hours between 1-4 pm Monday- Thursday or schedule an appointment on Handshake to meet with our Career Consultants!

Emma Fairburn, Megan Mrkonjich, Sarah Reinbrecht, and Leah Brown (Left to Right)

Emma: Arts, Media, and Communications  
Megan: Science, Research, Outdoor Industry 
Sarah: Competitive Business and Technology 
Leah: Careers for the Common Good (Education, Non-Profit, Government, International Careers, and Service)
We support all students regardless of pathway! If your interests do not fit with a listed pathway, schedule a getting started or general questions appointment to receive career guidance.

How can I map out my career path?


Exploring career options and deciding on a direction can be overwhelming, particularly when you have diverse interests. Thankfully, PathwayU simplifies the process. In just 20-25 minutes, it assesses your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. Afterward, you receive a comprehensive explanation of your results and guidance for future career planning!
  • For PathwayU platform guidance, watch this video.
  • After you complete PathwayU, check out the Career Center to learn more about our resources.  

Upcoming Events 

Bain and Company Information Session

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024; 2-4 p.m. 
Location: Tutt Library Room 201, Timothy Fuller Event Space
Connect with Bain & Company, a top 3 consulting firm, to learn about internships and full-time opportunities. The event will be a great opportunity to learn about consulting, working at Bain, and how to do a case interview while connecting with current Bain employees. Professional attire is expected. Register on Handshake!

How To Get Hands-On Patient Care Before Med or PA School

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024; 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Location: Career Center Carriage House

Join us for an information session with the hiring team at Vanguard Skin Specialists to learn about our Pre-Health Program. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Join Vanguard’s Pre-Health Program to prepare for graduate school and gain hands-on paid clinical experience! Register on Handshake!

Navigating Employment as a Person with a Disability 

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024; 3:30-5 p.m. 
Location: Career Center Carriage House
Join the Career Center and Accessibility Resources to discuss definitions and practical resources to provide a baseline understanding of the process for requesting disability-related accommodations and self-advocating in a job/working environment, including in the job search process. Register now on Handshake!

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