Stephanie Bucklin

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Mica Kelmachter (’13) isn’t your typical alum: after graduating from the University of Maryland, she pursued a career in international journalism, landing pieces in Forbes, The Times of London, and more. But to reach the next level of her career, Mica turned to the UMD Alumni Advisor Network, connecting with an advisor who happened to be in exactly the kind of position that Mica aspired to.

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When Yolonde Smith (’17) entered Southern Nazarene University’s MBA program, specializing in Health Care Administration, she hoped that her new degree would catapult her into a successful career as a healthcare administrator. However, with little guidance and information about career paths, Yolonde struggled to figure out the best direction forward.

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When Rommel Del Fierro (‘16) returned from his post as a sergeant in Afghanistan, he enrolled at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to start a new life. But when he found that he didn’t have a community as strong as what he had in the Marines, Rommel took matters into his own hands: he became the founding father of the Kappa Eta Chapter for the Sigma Nu Fraternity at UCSB.

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When Jeevan Venkata (’16) began searching for a career in information technology, he knew preparation was key. After reaching out to his student communications team at Central Queensland University for a résumé critique, Jeevan was directed to the CQUni Career Connection platform. There, he completed a career consultation and took his new knowledge—and newfound confidence—with him through the application and interview processes at Toll Group, a global logistics solutions company. And—Jeevan didn’t land the job.

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After Amber King (’18) transferred to the University of Delaware in 2016, she planned to pursue a new major and a new career: finance. Amber began studying in the University of Delaware’s finance and business development department, but was still looking for guidance on how she could leverage her new studies into a job after college. That’s when she found the UD Career Advising Network.

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When Wing Tung Wong (’17), a mechanical engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, was considering her career options, she came across a surprising source on her school’s Alumni Advisor Network. She came across a familiar name: a teaching assistant who had helped her with an introductory physics course she had taken as part of her major’s requirements.

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Diana Band, a 2009 UMass Amherst graduate, worked in the hallowed halls of book publishing before striking out on her own—and showing others that the path to success could be both inspired and self-directed.

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When Ankit Prasad, a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), entered his five-year, dual degree program, he knew that he would have two semesters free to explore career options and get crucial professional experience. Juggling economics and engineering courses, Ankit was particularly interested in consulting—but had no prior experience or contacts in the industry.

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A wealth of knowledge and experience lives within University of Sydney’s alumni network and recent graduates are now tapping into it through mentorship.

Elena Biancardi was working as a physio in Italy, but she was driven to start her own fashion company. Determined to learn how to succeed in business, she moved to Sydney to study innovation and entrepreneurship, and discovered the alumni mentoring program. With guidance from her mentor, she’s taken her business to the next level.

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Sometimes, it’s not a skillset or specialized degree that a candidate needs to enter a new career—it’s a broader perspective. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to know what sorts of opportunities you’re missing out on until you talk to people who can show those opportunities to you.

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