Wildcat Connections

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Wildcat Connections

An exclusive online community for UNH, Wildcat Connections is the home for students and alumni to come together to ask questions, seek guidance, coach, inspire, and share professional success stories. Connections lead to opportunities, and this community is designed to facilitate growth for the UNH network. This is a free resource for all UNH students and alumni, brought to you by the Career and Professional Success team, in partnership with Alumni Relations.

Students

 Students can explore professional pathways of fellow Wildcats, learn about different industries, and network with alumni around the world who have volunteered to share advice. Through these conversations, undergraduate and graduate students alike can gain valuable perspectives and connections to empower their professional success.

  1. Click "Join Now" then "UNH Login" to create your profile using your current UNH username and password. NOTE: Using your UNH credentials will automatically approve your account and grant you immediate access to the community. 
  2. Complete your profile, syncing information from LinkedIn if you choose. Read and agree to the Professional Responsibility Agreement.
  3. Start exploring and making connections with current UNH alumni that have volunteered to help you! All alumni and current students will be invited to join in late August of 2018

 

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How do I build meaningful connections with alumni?

Ask honest, genuine open-ended "what" and "how" questions. For example, "What are you passionate about in your career?" or "How did you get started on this career path?" Once you join, refer to the Resources section if you need ideas for getting the conversation started. Think about what you'd like to share about yourself. Be receptive to suggestions and feedback. Approach the connection with an open mind, professionalism, and respect.

Please DO NOT ask a connection for a job or internship in your first message. This community is about building your professional network, gaining exposure to industry experts, exploring areas of career interest, and developing your communication skills. Building rapport with an alum may lead to a conversation about opportunities, but opportunities come with established relationships. 

Who can see my profile information?

Alumni and professionals cannot search for or view your student profile until you make a connection request. Other students cannot view your profile. 

Don’t be shy about reaching out to alumni. They have joined this community and volunteered to share professional advice and are waiting for you to connect!

How do I use this platform?

Be active! Browse the community of alumni and professionals who have signed up to share career advice by industry, major, employer, location, help topics, etc. Send a message to introduce yourself and ask a question, and/or send a meeting request (via in-person, phone, or video chat) through the platform. You will receive email reminders leading up to your meeting. Most meetings are 30-minute conversations around the specific topics alumni have volunteered to help with: connecting college experience to the workplace, starting a new career, moving to a new city, informational interviews, and more! In our Discussion forum or Groups, you can also post career questions, helpful advice, and more for the full community of users to engage and respond to.

Questions, comments, or concerns may be directed to Career and Professional Success (CaPS) at caps@unh.edu or (602) 862-2070.

Student-Student Internship Experience Program 

Current student mentoring program on internship experiences

Have you completed an internship? Looking for an internship? In addition to the vast alumni network, current students can be powerful mentors to their fellow Wildcats.

Join the Student-Student Internship Experience program within Wildcat Connections as a mentor and/or mentee and connect with fellow students on internship experiences.

 

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Alumni/Faculty/Staff

Alumni can give back to current students by sharing their professional pathways, industry knowledge, and networking with fellow alumni around the world who have volunteered to participate. Through these conversations, everyone in the UNH family can give and gain valuable perspectives and connections to empower professional success for all.

  1. Click "Join Now." Please register with the email address currently on file with UNH. If you are not sure if we have your current email or you'd prefer to use a different email, please be patient, as we will review and verify all requests within 24-48 hours. Note for Faculty/Staff:  Please log in using the "UNH Login"  button to create your profile using your current UNH username and password.
  2. Complete your profile, syncing information from LinkedIn if you choose. Read the Professional Responsibility Agreement.
  3. Start networking and sharing advice! PLEASE NOTE: All current students will be invited to join in September 2018, as we'd like to build the alumni community first. In the meantime, you can still share or seek career advice with fellow UNH alumni and professionals through the "Explore the Alumni Community" section of the site. 

 

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Why volunteer to share your career advice and professional experience?

Whether you're looking to help current UNH students or fellow alumni, seeking out advice from another professional in your field, or looking to network in a new industry/field with other Wildcats, Wildcat Connections has you covered. This is a community to provide students and fellow alumni job-market advice, industry expertise, and valuable post-graduation connections. No matter where you live or how limited your time and/or experience is, you can still make a meaningful difference for someone or many in your UNH family. Wildcat Connections is also a great way to expand your own professional network and show your Wildcat pride!

Who can see my profile information?

Students, fellow alumni, and faculty/staff will be able to search for and view your profile information. Alumni cannot view student profiles, as students must first initiate contact with an alum for a connection to be made. Alums can always reach out to other alumni users, so be sure to both share your advice and build/expand your own professional network!

How do I use Wildcat Connections?

Once your profile is completed and approved, students and alumni will be able to connect with you regarding the career advice help topics you’ve selected. Likewise, you can also utilize the platform to reach out to fellow alumni and professionals regarding the same career advice topics and industry areas. Be active! Browse the network of individuals who are willing to share career advice by industry, major, employer, location, and more. In our Discussion forum, you can answer questions posted by others or post your own.

We are launching this platform in July 2018 and hope to get many alumni involved before we promote to students in September. By signing up for this platform, you're indicating your willingness to help, though it may take time for other students and alumni to discover your profile. Please be patient if you’re not immediately contacted for individual advice. In the meantime, post and answer questions in the Discussion forum, in the groups you choose to join, or connect with other alumni through the "Explore the Alumni Community" section of the site.

It will be up to you and the other connection to set up a meeting (via in-person, phone, or video chat), which can be scheduled entirely through the platform. You will receive email reminders leading up to your meeting. Most meetings are 30-minute career conversations around the specific topics alumni have volunteered to help with. If you get a request, we hope you'll accept it, but you do have the option to respectfully decline if you don't have the time or the conversation fit does not feel right.

Questions, comments, or concerns may be directed to the UNH Alumni Association at (603) 862-2040, alumni@unh.edu or to the Career and Professional Success team at (603) 862-2070 or caps@unh.edu