So you want advice. Great! What kind exactly? Do you want to learn more about a career or field? What about a specific org that one of our alums works at. Maybe you’re thinking about grad school and you could use some insider knowledge. Focus on the topic of a chat you wish to pursue may be.
Field or Career
Discuss a field of work or study. Get a lay of the land and learn how to get started.
Discuss how your skills translate into another field and how to break into a new field.
About the Person
Learn about someone’s personal journey. How did they get where they are and what does their work look like now?
About an Organziation
Learn about a job or field by understanding more about a particular organization within that field
Discuss the process of designing, implementing and recovering from a project. No one else can tell you about this stuff!
The shift from college life to the “real world” can be jarring. Learn how to step into this new life period.
Whether you’re just wondering if it’s for you or you need guidance on picking the program, get advice.
We’re not the arbiters of human contact. If you want to connect with alumni over a different topic, let us know!
Prepare Your Questions
So you know what you wanna learn about. How do you go about learning it? Browse our Informational Interview question sets and put together an interview plan. We’ve got everything you need to get yourself ready including what to say and how to say it. What is an Infomrational Interview?
The advice network service revolves around the foundation connecting you to alumni for 30 minute “Informational Interviews“.
Informational Interview: An interview style designed to gather advice, information and referrals. You meet in person or digitally with a someone for a brief period of time and ask them questions about their profession, company, industry, personal experiences, etc. Questions are asked purely for the intent to learn. It is not a job interview.
We choose to advocate for this format after considering feedback regarding onerous “mentorship” models which have repeatedly proven themselves to be confusing and untenable. Informational interviews allow a pretext for connection that is clear to both parties, can be done in a definite period of time, lends itself to scripting, and absolves both you and your interviewee of further responsibility.
Work and Career chats will help you get the lay of the land when thinking about bursting into a field, sector, or industry. Whether you’re trying to make a major transition or just take your career to the next level, it’s a great idea to talk to people in our network.
What qualities or skills or experience do you seek in candidates for ____ here at your company?
When your company is looking for a ____, how does it go about locating and attracting prospective candidates?
How difficult or easy is it to find qualified candidates?
What is the organizational structure of this organization?
What haven’t I asked that you would ask in my place?
Who else do you suggest I talk to?
The weird, esoteric process of shopping for a grad or doctoral program is wildly stressful. Whether you’re just wondering if it’s for you or you need guidance on picking the program that will define your next 2-7 years, it’s a good idea to talk to one of our number.
The shift from college life to the “real world” can be jarring and the comfort derived from talking to someone who’s done it themselves cannot be understated.
What did you do right after graduation?
Did it take a while to find a job?
How did you find a job?
How did you make friends in a new place?
What was the biggest hurdle in leaving college/home?
What should I be excited about?
Contact Someone Cool
If you’re the type of person who is terrified by the prospect of sending an email to someone you’ve never met and gasp asking them for 30 minutes of their time, you’re in luck. If you’ve found someone you wish to contact, let us know and we’ll make the ask for you. We’ll even schedule a time for you two to talk!
Let Us Connect You
We want this service to be as accessible as possible, and that includes the introverts who haven’t yet got the hang of asking for things from strangers. As a service to you, we will connect you with an alumnus who we think can be of help to you.
Just click the link below and complete a short connection form, and we’ll take care of everything, including:
You did it! You got your questions in order, you reached out to someone (or let us do it), you talked, hit it off, and gained some excellent knowledge. Time to eat a big meal and sleep for ten hours, right? Before you do, be sure to follow some simple debrief steps so that you get the most out of this experience.
If the person gave you sage advice and/or you feel that you made a connection, send them an update once you hit a milestone relating to something you talked about. If at all possible, set a calendar reminder for things that have predictable deadlines. Some milestone examples include:
After getting great scores on your GRE or LSAT, let them know that their talk made you confident to hit the books
If you get a job in an industry they discusssed, let them know about it. Let us know too!