Mentorship and networking

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Build your network

Networking means reaching out to people to make professional relationships. Building a network of strong connections is an important part of your professional success.

Career Conversations

Career Conversations, commonly referred to as "informational interviews", are a great way to start building your network and learn about jobs in your field. You can reach out to alumni, your faculty, working professionals or anyone else who might have insight into a particular career path. Once you've found people you want to connect with, send them a message and ask them for a few minutes of their time for a phone call, video chat, or a meetup for coffee.

To prepare for your career conversation use this career conversations handout and think of your own questions to ask. After your meeting, send them a follow-up email thanking them for their time. IMPORTANT: The average response rate for online networking is about 20% so cast a wide net and do not be discouraged by a lack of response.

ASU alumni on LinkedIn

Find ASU Alumni on LinkedIn. Like other universities, ASU has a tab listing every LinkedIn member who has listed ASU as their alma mater. Use key-words and filters strategically to find alumni who have jobs you aspire to, working for companies you admire, in locations that interest you, or with backgrounds similar to yours.

Student clubs and organizations

Join a student club or organization and network with your fellow Sun Devils! Your friendships and connections to classmates will benefit you long after you graduate. Go to SunDevilSync and search for clubs and organizations that match your interests.