(And what you need to do about it.)
BY WIL DYER, MARSHALL ’ 10
INTERIM DIRECTOR, INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT, UC SAN DIEGO ALUMNI & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
AT TEND AN ALUMNI EVEN T
Triton Connect is an informal networking
series designed to connect alumni to
each other and the university in exciting
locations across the country. Each event
includes an inspirational keynote speaker
or panel of successful alumni who share
insights and advice from their professional
journeys. You will leave with practical
take-aways, real world tips and new
Learn more: alumni.ucsd.edu/events
CONNEC T ONLINE
Surveys of UC San Diego alumni reveal
that an overwhelming majority are
interested in networking and hiring
other Tritons. There’s no easier way to
get in touch with your network than by
connecting on sites like LinkedIn, which
hosts nearly 130,000 alumni, or join UC
San Diego’s own Alumni Advisor Network,
which includes established professionals
across all industries who volunteer
to speak with students and alumni.
GE T PERSONALIZED CAREER ADVICE
Did you know that all alumni can access
UC San Diego Career Center resources
free of charge? All Tritons can take
advantage of nearly every benefit offered
at the Career Center, including job fairs,
networking nights, company information
sessions, on-campus interviews and more.
Learn more: career.ucsd.edu
WE’VE ALL HEARD IT BEFORE: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Yet very few job seekers take this to heart
and continue to seek professional mobility through antiquated means like online job postings and staffing agencies.
Now more than ever, your career path is dictated by maintaining and utilizing your professional network—and what
better place to start than with your fellow Tritons?
I’ve spoken with recruiters and hiring managers from today’s most sought-after companies like Google, Apple,
Facebook and more, and while these companies all seek a variety of skills and qualifications in job candidates,
they all look to one place first: their alumni network.
Surprising? Don’t assume that a company posts a job and passively waits for the right candidate. From their
perspective, hiring from a known network can be an easier, cheaper and more trustworthy source.
Consider your own career trajectory and the types of industries that appeal to you—chances are there’s a Triton out
there who can help you break in. With a network of more than 170,000 alumni worldwide, it’s up to you to connect.
Here are three quick and easy steps to engage your Triton network and advance your career: