Actively network and make career connections to build and maintain strong relationships in your Berkeley Haas community:
Find an alumni coach or mentor:
Finding a coach or a mentor is a very personal process. Are you looking for someone who has had a similar career trajectory? Or, are you switching careers or industries, and need to source the best connection as you make this transition?
- It takes time and effort, much like any relationship.
- Start with a clear picture of your networking journey—What are you interested in achieving and why are you connecting to specific members of your Berkeley Haas network?
- Search the @cal Alumni Directory and LinkedIn to find Haas students or alumni who represent the kinds of connections you need to make (within a company, industry, geographic region, etc).
- Connect! Reach out via email to request an informational interview or to request a time to meet in person or via phone.
- Prepare for your meeting—What questions will you ask? What information are you most interested in learning from someone on the “inside”—info that can’t be found on a company website?
- Be transparent—Would you like their assistance connecting to a hiring manager or passing along your resume?
- Thank them for their time, knowledge, and connections. A little bit of thanks goes a long way.
Turning networking connections into stronger relationships:
- Follow up with your new connections. Keep them updated on your job search, current classes, relocation, etc.
- Share industry related information, articles of interest, and Haas events of interest (Invite your new connection to one of the Haas student-led conferences or Alumni Signature Events!) Keep your common interests and goals top of mind.
- Continue to build the relationship and stay connected.
- The best and most effective mentor/mentee relationships are built organically, and strengthen overtime.
- Not all relationships need to last a lifetime. Some have limited lengths, and that is ok. You are looking to build a mutually beneficial relationship that may not need to last forever.