Graduate Student LinkUp: An afternoon of mentoring

Pathways to Professional Formation's featured event of the year!

A&S Graduate Student LinkUp is a structured, low-key, networking event that connects current graduate students with alumni of the College's graduate programs. 

Meet alumni, discover shared interests, discuss professional plans and ideas, and grow your network.

What to Expect 

This is a separate event from that offered to undergraduates.

The two events run simultaneously, but in different spaces and with different alumni guests.

Here is what you need to know:

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Graduate Event Schedule

  • 4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Check In 
  • 4:45 - 4:50 p.m. Welcome Remarks
  • 4:50 - 5:40 p.m. Three Mentoring Rounds, 15 minutes each
  • 5:40 - 5:45 p.m. Closing

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Tips for Success

  • Come dressed in "smart casual"
  • Be prepared with a 30-60 second introduction of yourself (an elevator pitch)
  • Have a short list of prepared questions to ask the alumni
  • Update or create a Linked In profile
  • Bring a few copies of your resume  

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Arriving at LinkUp

Check-in on the 1st floor of the Student Center

  • Get your nametag
  • A handout of Mentor bios will be available 
  • The graduate event takes place in Student Center Room 130 

By 4:45 p.m. be in Student Center 130

  • Welcoming remarks, followed by networking
  • Room will be organized by professional areas
  • We encourage you to speak with people in and outside your area

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Conversation Starters

We know that networking can feel awkward. Use these prompts to start your networking rounds more smoothly:

  • Briefly share your personal and professional history
  • Share highlights of your graduate experience: practicum and internship, conferences, research, etc.  
  • Ask about the alumni's experience as a graduate student
  • Ask about the alumni's professional life. How did they get to where they are today?
  • Share tentative plans for your anticipated trajectory following graduation

Goal is to quickly move conversations into professional pathways and journeys.

Avoid surface level conversation topics such as the weather, sports, or how the day has gone.

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Invest in Your Future by Making Connections 

Student receiving mentoring at LinkUp
Mentoring

Gain perspective from alumni of your graduate program

Student and mentor talking about majors
Expand your Network

Mentors are willing to connect you with their contacts

Informal connection at LinkUp
Ask Questions

Receive answers from professionals in the field

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Contact:

Tonja Brown

Internship & Mentorship Coordinator

College of Arts & Sciences

Casey 110, 206-296-6982