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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When Nisarg Shah first began looking for jobs, he wasn’t sure whether his background would land him the career that he wanted. Nisarg knew that his undergraduate degree in engineering  and banking experience in India gave him a unique, analytical edge, but he wasn’t sure if he could easily break into consulting and business strategy in Canada. After some initial unsuccessful efforts to land a job, Nisarg found his confidence waning, and thought perhaps his engineering background—and status as an international exchange student—might be to blame.

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A couple of years ago, Bozhidar Draganov found himself in a quandary: after applying to graduate MBA programs in the U.S., he received an acceptance and full scholarship thanks to his innovative entrepreneurial ventures—but those same ventures prevented him from obtaining the visa necessary to stay and attend school.

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It’s not about the classes you take, but the hands you shake. This mantra burned into Robert Roloff’s memory as a freshman and stuck with him all throughout his years at the University of Central Missouri. It helped him land a long-term internship on campus with Sodexo, the dining services company, by networking with Tau Kappa Epsilon alumni. When it was time for the 2016 graduate to further explore career options, the UCM Alumni Advisor Network was a natural first step.

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They say most jobs come through networking, but when two thousand miles of ocean separates you and where you’d like to work, networking requires some hustle. It’s something students at Brigham Young University-Hawaii seeking jobs on the “mainland” know all too well. But with an offer in hand to interview at Goldman Sachs, class of ’16 graduate Aditya Mongan has learned that those who dare win.

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Biola University junior Megan DePaso has always wanted to be a lawyer. This self-described "job pioneer" has a passion for the intersection of law and social justice, and hopes one day to attend law school. To learn what it really takes to become a lawyer, Megan tapped into Biola’s Alumni Advisor Network to gain some perspective from established lawyers.

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