A mentor has the power to make a life-changing difference in someone else’s career. In honor of National Mentoring Month this January, we’re sharing insights from some UMGC alumni mentors who are using their time and talent to help students reach their professional goals.
Although building your professional network can seem like a daunting task, it’s important for your long-term career growth. Not sure how to network? Continue below for tips to help you start your professional networking journey.
As a UMGC student or graduate, you have lifetime access to the University’s complimentary career tools and resources. Whether you are entering the workforce, changing careers, or climbing the corporate ladder, UMGC’s Career Services is here to support you at any point in your career. Continue below for a closer look.
While the pandemic isn’t over yet, the world is opening up again in many places thanks to a growing number of vaccinated people and falling COVID-19 positivity rates. Tired of connecting by teleconference, phone or email, many are resuming the face-to-face coffee, lunch or happy hour dates we used to take for granted pre-pandemic.
While some are embracing these in-person gatherings, others are feeling a bit out of practice. Regardless of which camp you fall into, here are four ways to help boost your confidence and get back in the networking game.
In ordinary times, the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is often peppered with a string of holiday happy hours, association meetings, team celebrations and office parties. With the pandemic keeping us home more than ever, it may be tempting to take a pass on the usual merrymaking and ending the year on a more quieter note.
However, it’s essential to invest in our existing connections and continue to grow our professional network, even during these unusual times.
Although it may seem like life as we know it is on hold for a while, the same isn’t true for your career. Thanks to advances in technology, work goes on—and so does professional networking.
You may prefer connecting with others in person, but for the time being, you need to embrace virtual platforms that help you connect with other professionals. Here’s how to make the most of them.
CareerQuest makes it easy to tap into the job listing without needing to log in everyday and search the open positions. Simply create an automated search alert and CareerQuest will do the job for you!
Have you ever had a mentor? If you answered “Yes,” then count your blessings. This means you’ve benefited from a seasoned professional who shared his or her hard-earned expertise, insights and networks to help super-charge your career. It also means you’ve given someone the satisfaction of sharing his or her knowledge to make a real difference for an up-and-coming professional.
Networking is about relationship building. The secret to establishing quality relationships is being intentional. This means coming prepared for each professional event and valuing each connection you make.
Want to begin growing your professional network? Follow our five tips below.
Just because the end of the year is approaching doesn’t mean you can slow down your networking activities. In fact, the opposite may be true. That’s because the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is filled with opportunities to expand your network—ripe for the picking.