Networking & Mentoring
Networking can be the single most effective tool for success in career exploration and searches for jobs and internships.
Networking is a method of applied research, collecting information from individuals who are most likely delighted to share their knowledge and experiences, and offer advice if they have the time. It's actually quite rare for someone to be anything but flattered to be asked to do this.
Networking is not just researching career interests by meeting and talking with contacts. It's also building from one contact to another (and another), and maintaining relationships with them all throughout your career.
How to Network using Informational Interviews
When starting to explore a particular field of interest, or when seeking more in-depth advice and information, informational interviews are the way to learn more about an industry from professionals in that field. View it as research. As you meet or talk to people in an industry or field in which you may hope to work, you have a chance to learn from "those on the inside" about current market issues and trends, both industry-wide and in a particular organization.
When reaching out to any contact, let them know that you hope to gain career information and advice (not help finding a job)!
Use our Networking Guide to learn how to research jobs and benefit from the experience and advice of those working in industries you are interested in.
Students and alumni may connect for networking and career related discussion.
Fords Alumni Directory
Students may use the alumni directory to seek information and advice on career paths or for researching job opportunities.