Career Services: 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.
Please see the Pilots Guiding Pilots: Tips for Students and Requesting to Network guides on the left for additional information on how to maximize your participation in Pilots Guiding Pilots.
Ways to be Guided
Students - 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 in person, on the phone or through email. Mostly what this activity takes is the ability to listen!
Students - Informational Interview Informational interviews offer an opportunity for students to receive valuable career and industry information from experienced alumni. Students conduct the informational interview by asking questions relevant to their personal career searches. Students benefit from first-hand knowledge of the current industry and can learn strategies for a successful job search. The Career Services Informational Interview handout explains the basics of this type of activity.
Students - Job Shadow/Externship An externship or job shadow experience is a one day opportunity for students to gain an understanding of a business, industry, and job. Students have an opportunity to explore careers and gain insight into a specific career by shadowing an alumni guide in the workplace for a half or whole day. Externships are short-term opportunities with long-term benefits.
Students - Internship Alumni guides can sponsor or develop an internship to provide ongoing guidance and job training with enthusiastic students seeking real world experience. Internships take many forms and have been shown to benefit both the internship host and students. Career Services can help design an internship that works for your alumni guide if he/she is interested. A guide may also recommend internship programs that benefit students, as well as give valuable advice about how to connect with other industry professionals who may be searching for interns.
Students - 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 diverse 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.