Planning Your Future - Make Connections

puzzle piece One of the best ways to learn about a career field is to find out what it's like from others who have been there. "Making a connection" (otherwise known as networking) is an essential step in the transition from student to professional.


Reality Check
19.2% of the seniors surveyed in the class of 2010 reported that they obtained their employment through personal connections or networking. This method was more effective than direct contact with employers, having previously worked for the employer, or on-campus recruiting.


Networking and Informational Interviewing

Networking takes on many forms such as talking with classmates, or attending office hours, information sessions and career fairs. Informational interviewing is a particular form of networking that involves consulting with professionals to learn more about their career fields.

  • @cal Career Network - The Network helps you connect with Cal alumni who have volunteered to share their career experiences with students and other alumni through informational interviews.
  • Professional Associations - Professional associations are committed to attracting and supporting people interested in entering particular career fields and are good resources for informational interview


Connecting at Career Center Events

Career Center events are a good way to learn about industries, organizations, or job titles that appeal to you. The professionals who participate in these events want to give you information and have an interest in you as a Cal student.


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