The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alternative Networks Challenge Colleges’ Role in Alumni’s Job Searches: Wake Forest University knows the value of professional networking. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Vice President for Personal and Career Development Andy Chan says colleges should offer services that help graduates navigate the job market. To that end, Wake Forest students are encouraged to maintain a LinkedIn profile and coaches are available to help review student profiles and make suggestions on improving them.

The University also uses LinkedIn to connect current students with alumni. “Most college students are not thinking, ‘I need to network. I need to make contacts,'” Chan says. But he has found that alumni are often eager to help: “Employers and young alums are interested in engaging with students because they remember how hard it is just out of school.”

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