GU Alum Network Opened to Students

By Liz Carten Special to The Hoya

Last week, all Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students were sent an e-mail that contained information on the new career network.

In an attempt to enhance Georgetown students’ resources and network relationships in the “real world,” the MBNA Career Center and the Alumni Association have launched a site on the Web. This site, the Georgetown Career Network, is a database containing over 12,000 alumni, friends and parents of Georgetown who have volunteered to provide information and career advice to Georgetown alumni and students, according to the Web site.

The site can be accessed by pointing browsers to http://gunet.georgetown.edu/alumni and can only be accessed by a university NetID and password. The database is managed by the Alumni Association and provides servers with names from the database based on specified occupational and geographic preferences. Each student is allotted up to 20 contacts per day. According to the Web site, the Alumni Association and Career Center feel this new service is a valuable research tool for students researching potential career fields.

The Career Center and Alumni Association advise students on exactly how they should utilize the site. According to the Career Center, the site is not meant as a job-searching engine, but rather an informative, inside-look at professional fields. The administrators suggest beginning contact with a letter of introduction requesting a half-hour for a telephone interview. The student should then prepare his or her questions, telephone the contact and discuss the nature of the contact’s work. Important areas to cover are the nature of the profession and organization, as well as job-hunting strategies. Their final suggestion is to make a careful record of contacts and write a letter of thanks to those individuals with whom one spoke.

The new site is just one of the many resources offered by the Career Center. Among the most popular and successful programs include the on-campus-recruiting program which has helped 30 percent of its participants obtain jobs, the interview preparation program, career consultations and career workshops. According to the Career Center, the programs offered are geared not only to “business types,” but also to non-profit and humanitarian organizations as well.

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