Published on February 28, 2014
Part 1: Finding a Career Mentor Thursday, February 27, 2014 Stefano Verdesoto Career Services 259 Capen Hall University at Buffalo ub-careers.buffalo.edu
Welcome! • Career Mentor Experience – Three (3) part experience • Find career mentors on LinkedIn • Master networking techniques • Apply your learning in a real-life experience* – Attend both Parts 1 & 2, invited to special networking reception! – UB Life event
Today’s Goals • Talk about: – Career Mentors – LinkedIn – UB Mentor Program – Other methods of networking
Before we get started… • Let’s go around the room and share your – Name – Major/field of study – Career goal
Career Mentors • Who are they? – Professors – Supervisors – Family friends – UB alumni and/or employers
Career Mentors • Why are they important? – Can share knowledge about field • “Informational interview” – Can connect you with others in your field • “Networking” – Can help prepare for job/internship positions • Review your resumes/cover letters • Conduct practice interviews – Can provide on-the-job shadowing
Career Mentors • Where can I find one? – Anywhere! – Class – Work – Events/reunions – LinkedIn
LinkedIn • How many of you have a LinkedIn? • How many of you use it regularly? • What is LinkedIn good for? – Present yourself in a professional profile – Showcase your education/skills/experience – Search for jobs/internships – Connect with others – Learn from those you connect with!
UB Mentor Program
UB Mentor Program
UB Mentor Program • LinkedIn group for students to connect with career mentors (alumni/employers) • FREE and open to all UB students (you!) • Group discussions for both mentors and students to share tips/perspectives • Common group that connects you to 600+ career mentors that want to help!
UB Mentor Program • Hands-on tutorial!
Other Ways to Network • LinkedIn is a great tool, but… • Day-to-day opportunities – Class – Work – Events – Friends of friends
Other Ways to Network • It’s not rocket science! • “Hi, I don’t believe we’ve met. I’m Stefano.” • Try it out! – Pretend the person next to you is someone you want to know… – What would you say?
Other Ways to Network • How did that feel? • What did you talk about? • How did the other person react?
Next Time • No worries, there will be more… • Career Mentor Experience Part 2 – In-person and online networking tips – Messaging mentors/employers – Online professionalism/etiquette – Questions to ask and avoid – Building a relationship
Thank You! • Any questions? – firstname.lastname@example.org • Quick survey time!
Next Time Next time… Part 2: Contacting and Interviewing Career Mentors Thursday, March 27 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 240 Student Union
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