A great way to learn about a certain organization, career path, or industry is to talk to people currently working in those jobs and industries.
This online network (powered by Wisr), open to all BenU students and alumni, is a great way to connect with professionals working in your fields of interest. What better way to expand your professional network, and get insight into a potential career, work environment, or industry than by talking to experienced alumni?
Log on to the BenU Network and follow the easy automated matching, scheduling, follow-up communications with alumni who share similar interests. A 30-minute informational interview can make a world of difference! This system will allow you to connect with a few or as many alumni as you like. You might have several conversations with one professional, or you might have one meaningful chat and move on to the next contact. Read more about informational interviewing below. Be sure to watch your email for instructions on how to sign up with your unique pre-verification code.
Alumni interested in joining the BenU Network may visit this page.
Networking is key to any career, and an important element of any network is a LinkedIn account. SnapChat is social: LinkedIn is professional. LinkedIn has an excellent online article to help student build a strong presence in LinkedIn:
Building a Great Student Profile - LinkedIn for Higher Education
The goal of conducting an informational interview is to obtain information with a professional in your field of interest. This can be a valuable activity to gain insight on a specific career path, occupational field or industry. The goal of these conversations is not to ask for a job or internship opportunity.
Job shadowing is another great way to become acquainted with the inner workings of a particular occupation. Observing people in action performing a job you’re contemplating allows you to better imagine yourself in a similar position. You can ask yourself: Does this work appeal to me? Do I like this type of company or organization? Do I like the culture of this workplace? If not, what’s missing for me? Requesting to job shadow also allows you to expand your professional network. A request for a job shadow might be done after conducting an informational interview, or with the help of a referral from a BenU faculty member, staff member at ACE, or someone you know well.
Download this guide to learn more about the recommended process and for sample questions to ask. After the interview or job shadowing opportunity, don’t forget to send a thank you email or note and an invitation to connect on LinkedIn.
Benefits from informational interviewing and job shadowing: