In addition to the array of professional development services the SUNY Oswego Office of Career Services offers, alumni can find networking opportunities in a 4,500-member LinkedIn group.
The discussion forum has fostered connections over the past five years, with alumni waxing nostalgic about favorite memories or pursuing job and networking opportunities. Exclusive to Oswego alumni, the group establishes a great base for networking, founder and moderator Maureen O’Donnell Sanchez ’87 said.
“[We talk] about everything from sunsets and the opening of the Stands to jobs … members try to help each other organically,” Sanchez said. “I have posted many jobs over the years, and I hope that has opened the door for others to feel comfortable doing the same.”
The group includes a board of job opportunities, a valuable resource that includes member postings from across their networks.
“Whenever friends at various companies are looking, I post the positions in the jobs discussions section,” Sanchez said. “I’d encourage any member to do the same — helping out Oswego alums, letting them see through their eyes what you see through yours.”
Internship- and job-seeking Oswego students often interact too, giving members an opportunity to lend a hand and make connections with the newest or soon-to-be graduates. It’s not uncommon to see impromptu local alumni gatherings organized there as well.
“It’s as strong as the members make it,” Sanchez said. “The more you interact and engage, the more you stand to get out of the group. I would absolutely encourage any of Oswego’s 77,000 alums to join.”
Drop in at www.linkd.in/oswegoalumni and join the conversation, search for or post jobs or simply reconnect with other alumni.
-Shane M. Liebler
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net·work / [net-wurk]
verb (used without object):
to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position.
We invite you to join Oswego’s “Get Work Network!” With our ever-growing database of 75,000-plus alumni, your Owego alumni network is a powerful tool for expanding your cache of career contacts. The more alumni who register in our exclusive social network, OsweGoConnect, the more Oswegonians you can connect for job openings, career advice, mentoring and more. So I encourage you to log in and register today if you haven’t already! See the inside front cover of this magazine to learn how to join .
Likewise, our LinkedIn group (linkd.in/oswegoalumni) and our Facebook page (facebook.com/oswegoalumni) provide daily networking opportunities for Oswego grads. We invite you to take part in the frequent and lively discussions that take place. Volunteer to mentor a current student (or a recent grad) through our ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) program — you can critique resumes, offer career advice, provide job shadow experiences, connect
them to internships in your company or link one of Oswego’s new co-ops to your business (see p. 3). The extent of your involvement is totally up to you!
Assisting our current students or helping our new grads launch their careers is one of the most valuable ways you can reach back and give a hand up to an Oswego student or alum.
Even though you can stay connected to Oswego through our many social and career networks and on the Web, we like to meet our Oswego alumni the old fashioned way — in person! We hope that you come back and see us soon in person to check out all of the amazing improvements to campus. The Science, Engineering and Innovation Corridor is rising before our eyes. Sheldon Hall, our “Old Main,” is undergoing extensive exterior renovations to take us into our next 150 years.
And even King Alumni Hall, your alumni “home” when you return to campus is a welcoming place to stop by, peruse yearbooks and alumni memorabilia and share your favorite Oswego memories — we enjoy hearing them all!
So return for Reunion Weekend June 8-10, 2012, come back to cheer on a Lakers team or visit for a theatre production or Artswego performance. We look forward to seeing you soon. And don’t forget to sign up for OsweGoConnect today!
Social networking seems like such a new concept for someone of my vintage — and so incredibly prevalent in today’s world.