Tar Heels Have Chance to Expand Career Network
Your mission: Advise fellow Tar Heels on career possibilities. Your reward? Actually, the Alunmi/Seniors
Connections program is a reward in itselffor
anyone who enjoys helping soon-to-be
career decisions," Conklin said."They enjoy
giving something back to the University that
helped launch their careers."
But the students have to be there for that
connection to take place, she said.
A/S Connections is a
series of informal net-
spon-sored by the GAA's
alumni career services and
student membership pro-
grams to help seniors
learn about the working
world by talking to
alumni. Juniors who want
to get a j Wl1p-start are
invited as well.
'Seventy to 75 percent "The students [who] attend are
very enthusiastic. [They] come away
of all jobs are found saying, 'This is great: " Conklin said.
"However, many students don't take
advantage of this opportunity." through networking. Our
goal ;s to help students
learn that art early.'
Young alumni who are unsure of
their career paths or are thinking about
changingjobs also can benefit from
talking with more experienced Tar
Heels. - Linda Conklin,
coordinator of the GAA's
Alumni Career Services
"It seems to be particularly help-
ful to young alWl1ni," Conklin said.
"It is difficult for students to know what's
out there," said Linda Conklin, coordinator of
the GAA's alumni career services. "Students
can learn how to get started, and many of
them do make connections with the alumni."
Conklin said alumni who have attended the
receptions in past years enjoyed interacting with
"Most alumni can remember when they
were students and how difficult it was to make
"It's reassuring to know there are
others who have been there and can give you
Many of the participants in A/S Connections
are members ofthe Alumni Advisor Network,
comprised ofmore than 5,000 individuals in
various careers and locations who have agreed
to talk to fellow alumni about career issues.
" Alum.ni can help each orher explore
career options, gain information about careers
and generate networking leads," Conklin said.
"We've had people use the network very, very
Students-and alumni-could come away
with more than just business cards.
"Seventy to 75 percent ofall jobs are found
through networking," Conklin said."Our goal
is to help students learn that art early."
The dates and regions for this year's A/S
Connections receptions are:
• Dec. 16: Triad area,
Sawtooth Center (Winston-Salem)
• Dec. 17: Charlotte,
First Union Building, 44th floor.
• Dec. 22: Atlanta,
Harry Norman Realtors, Buckhead cdfice
• Dec. 29: Washington,D.c.,
Marriott Metro Center
• Dec. 30: New York, location tba
• Jan. 12: Triangle area,
The Carolina Club (Chapel Hill)
- Leslie Quigless
Check the GAA Web site <http://alumni.u Ylc.edu>
for updates on limes and locations of the receptiol1s,
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