Networking with alumni and recruiters

It is said that the majority of jobs are found through networking. For this reason, it is important to learn how to introduce yourself to referrals, navigate a career fair and employer presentations, and make the most of informal and formal opportunities to meet people.

Networking involves connecting with existing and new contacts, having conversations, developing relationships, and asking for tips and advice.

Start speaking with people in your immediate network now. You never know who may have a connection to someone overseas.

Hoos Online Alumni Directory
Searching for alumni to get some career, graduate school or job search advice? The Alumni Directory now includes employment and career information. (This was formerly known as UCAN.) Click the Alumni Directory tab, then use the Advanced Search to identify those who meet your search criteria. Email them directly by clicking on the envelope.

Alumni Association Clubs
The Office of Engagement provides information on alumni clubs located in almost 20 countries around the globe. Select the "U.Va. Clubs" link, and choose "Locations". Connect with club representatives to ask for their tips and advice.

LinkedIn Alumni Groups
Create or log into your LinkedIn account and join the "UVA Engineering Alumni and Friends" and "University of Virginia Alumni, Students, and Friends" groups. Learn about the career pathways and experiences of alumni who live and work overseas by searching the member listings for your location of interest.

Career fairs and information sessions
Attend career fairs and information sessions to speak with employers who are actively recruiting students for domestic internships. Express your interest in interning overseas and ask about opportunities the company may offer abroad.