About 80% of jobs are found through personal relationships. So, building your professional network is key. Informational interviews with alumni can help increase your career knowledge and expand your professional network.
UCAN, the Albany Career Advisory Network, is an online database of more than 1,500 alumni professionals representing various fields. These UCAN advisors have volunteered to talk with students and other alumni to share career advice and insights. You can search for an advisor on any number of criteria, including job type, company, region, and key words. Use the network as often as you like to connect with alumni around the globe for informational interviews, advice and networking.
UCAN is housed in the Alumni Online Community. To search for an advisor, VISIT THE UCAN HOMEPAGE. You will be guided through a few easy steps to search for an advisor. If you haven't already registered/logged into the online community, you will be asked to do so before you conduct your search. When you email an advisor, in the subject line of your email write "UAlbany Career Advisory Network (UCAN) Request."
What else do you need to know?
What if I can't find my name when I try to register?
Send an email to email@example.com. In the subject line write: UCAN Student Registration. In the body of the email, include your full name, class standing, expected graduation year, home address, birth date and student ID number.
What if the alum doesn't respond to my email?
Contact Melissa Samuels at the Alumni Association to let her know. She will follow up with the alum to ensure his or her email is up-to-date in UCAN and to facilitate your connection.
Contact Melissa Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 442-3080.