I recently updated my alumni profile (or created one actually) at GW and have been thinking about the idea of alumni networking.
I have been contacted a few times by entrepreneurs via my USV profile that shows this info which always leads to a semi-warm connection vs. a cold call – and I think this helps. I think I have done the same thing knowing someone went to the same college, and I have always gotten alumni help.
To be honest the alumni jobs program when I was at GW was terrible, and everyone knew it. Now I hope it has evolved.
In an effort to be a part of the solution instead of the problem I have signed up for all the Alumni profile news, and offer help to those looking for it. I feel like I know the position many of those students are in, and any help I can provide will be worthwhile. I always caveat my advice sessions with “this info is worth what you are paying for it” (which is always zero just to be clear) but I feel like I can be helpful.
I have been working with a few undergrads and recent grads that have explained the dire circumstances into which they are graduating into and I was reminded of this recently with an email exchange with one such graduate. I think there are many people that could help these folks out but do not, and I never want to be in that category.