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Developing Your Networking Edge

Networking is an essential part of finding your career path. Leverage your global Vanderbilt network—more than 120,000 strong—to make personal connections and learn about your targeted industry.

These resources outlined below offer opportunities and tips to master your networking skills.

Alumni Advice events 

Students, your alumni connection starts now. The Vanderbilt Alumni Association aims to connect current students and alumni in meaningful, relevant ways. Whether you are beginning your Vanderbilt experience or wondering about life after graduation, we have programs designed to help you develop your career path.

  • Search for alumni in specific geographic areas and industries with advanced and keyword searches, then request interviews
  • Get alumni advice for internships, jobs and graduate school
  • Attend Vanderbilt alumni chapter events in your hometown or a city that interests you

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Watch this video for Insider Professional Advice from LinkedIn’s university leader to optimize your Vanderbilt networking connections.


Networking in Alumni Chapter Cities

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has more than chapters in most major U.S. cities and several countries.

Make connections during breaks, over the summer, while you're interning or after graduation. Alumni love to talk with students, recent graduates and fellow alumni about their career interests. They are also great resources when it comes to learning more about their hometowns. Attend any Chapter event and start connecting!

Check out upcoming Chapter events on or go to the main chapter webpage.

Remember, current students always welcome to attend all Chapter events.

Expert Advice

Need some guidance on your career path? Our career experts are here to give you tips and offer advice on best practices and how to have a successful search!

The Cover Letter

Podcast 1: The Cover Letter

Informational Interview

Podcast 2: Informational Interview

Using LinkedIn

Podcast 3: Using LinkedIn

Conducting a Job Search

Podcast 4: Conducting a Job Search

Acing the Interview

Podcast 5: Acing the Interview

Networking 101

Podcast 6: Networking 101

Networking as a Catalyst for Professional Change

Podcast 7: Networking as a Catalyst for Professional Change

Your Career Marketing Plan

Podcast 9: Your Career Marketing Plan

Creating Your Value Proposition

Podcast 10: Creating Your Value Proposition

Read what Adele Scheele, Career Moves coach and Huffington Post columnist has to say on the following topics:

Additional Resources:

All undergraduate students are encouraged to visit the Vanderbilt Career Center for great advice and information. Graduate and professional students should visit their school career centers.