Networking is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal in the career development process. According to LinkedIn, 85% of jobs are found and filled through networking and connections. One of the best things about going to a university with a global reputation is its alumni network, and Notre Dame’s alumni network is as strong as any in the world.

Before you reach out to anybody to develop a connection, though, you must first know your “why”. Think about who you are, why you came to Notre Dame, why you picked the major you did, and what you want to do for a career. Be ready to articulate that to people so they can get to know you better. A powerful “why” will work wonders and prompt people to want to help you.


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IrishCompass offers Notre Dame students and alumni the ability to tap into the Notre Dame network in a wide variety of ways — from networking and mentorship opportunities to a private job board and industry-specific groups. Irish Compass will connect you directly to alumni employers and allow you to put your best foot forward in the networking process. This is a great resource for students unsure about networking who are looking to connect with the incredible people of the Notre Dame family.

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To expand your search outside of the Notre Dame community, and connect with someone in the industry that interests you, LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful tool. It’s also a great way to document what you are doing and show the professional world who you are.

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