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Career Center: Pilots Guiding Pilots
University of Portland alumni are among the most dedicated and accomplished in the nation, with a keen interest in making the world a better place through service and building community. UP Alumni understand the importance of continuing a connection with the University and remaining an active Pilot.
A close and supportive Pilot student-alumni network is important to one’s career no matter where you are on your career path or where you are located. There are a couple ways to stay engaged with current Pilots! Join the LinkedIn Group “University of Portland Alumni: Pilots Guiding Pilots” or complete the “Connect with Fellow Pilots form” and we will contact you.
Pilots Guiding Pilots!
The Pilots Guiding Pilots network is an online resource connecting current UP students and alumni with UP graduates for career-related information, advice, and support. Guidance may include an informational interview (informal career conversation), job shadow or externship, internship or graduate school advice.
Steps to participate in the Pilots Guiding Pilots network:
1. Create or update your LinkedIn Profile
2. Join the LinkedIn Group “University of Portland Alumni: Pilots Guiding Pilots”
3. Connect with students/alumni who share similar career, academic, or cultural interests
4. Set up a time to meet over coffee, by email, over the phone or via Skype!
Pilots Guiding Pilots Rules:
• Members who join the network are committing to conduct themselves professionally at all times.
• Alumni guides who join the network are agreeing to be contacted by a student/alum to help advise them in specific career-related pursuits.
Ways to Guide
General Career Guidance An alumni guide can provide opportunities to share professional experiences, personal career path choices, and industry insight. This can be short or long-term career guidance for students/alums in person, on the phone or through email.
Informational Interviews Informational interviews offer an opportunity for alumni to share valuable career and industry information. Students/alumni conduct the informational interview by asking questions relevant to their personal career searches. Students and alums benefit from first-hand knowledge of the current industry and can learn strategies to a successful job search. In case you want to know how students conduct an informational interview, please review our Informational Interviews handout.
Job Shadow/Externship An externship or job shadow experience is a one-day opportunity for students/alums to gain an understanding of a business, industry, and job. Students/alums have an opportunity to explore careers and gain insight into a specific career by shadowing an alumni guide in the workplace. Externships are short-term opportunities with long-term benefits.
Internships Alumni guides can sponsor or develop an internship to provide ongoing guidance and job training with enthusiastic students/alums seeking real world experience. Internships take many forms and have shown to benefit both the internship host and students. The Career Center can help design an internship that works for your unique workplace. A guide can also recommend internship programs that may benefit students/alums, as well as give valuable advice about how to connect with other industry professionals who may be searching for interns.
Graduate School or Post-Graduate Service Advice Alumni guides who have participated in graduate school or post-graduate service can offer meaningful, relevant advice for students pursuing these options after graduation. A recommendation of a program(s) that students may or may not be aware of is enormously helpful for a student considering all of the available options after graduation.