UD Career Advising Network (UD CAN)

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A common request we hear from alumni is that they want to connect with our current students, and help them along their professional journey by offering to share their own expertise.

The debut of the University of Delaware Career Advising Network (UD CAN) allows for these interactions to take place. Registering is easy, and the potential impact is enormous.

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in our students and young alumni today.

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What is UD CAN?
UD CAN stands for the University of Delaware Career Advising Network and is an exciting new partnership between the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the Career Services Center. An online platform, UD CAN is designed to strengthen Blue Hen networks by connecting alumni, parents and friends of the university with students and alumni through career consultations.
How do I sign up?
Visit udel.firsthand.com and follow the directions on the screen. Signing up is very easy, you can even pre-populate information from your LinkedIn account. Make sure to upload a photo, add descriptions to your employment history and indicated your availability.
How does it work?
Advisors select the type of consultations (career conversations, mock interviews, resume critiques) they want to offer and indicate their availability. Advisees browse through a list of potential advisors, and request to connect one-on-one with advisors. Both parties agree on a date and time, then hold their consultation. No further communication between advisor–advisee is required after the consultation.
Is my privacy protected?
You can expect your privacy to be protected, because all consultations are routed through the UD CAN platform. Only registered advisees will be able to see your profile, and all phone conversations will take place on a conference line provided by UD CAN.
When can I expect my first consultation?
UD CAN is driven by student and alumni advisees, so there is no guarantee you will get a request to connect. By uploading a professional photo and including a description of your career experiences, you are more likely to receive requests. We also recommend updating your availability regularly so the process of scheduling consultations goes smoothly.
Why do you call alumni “advisors” and not “mentors”?
The word “mentor” is typically associated with a long-term commitment, so we chose to use the word “advisor” to draw attention to the flexibility of UD CAN. Alumni can choose to give as many or as few consultations as fits their schedule. Continuing the relationship beyond an initial consultation is at the discretion of the advisor and advisee.
How can I get the most of this opportunity?
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Questions?

For questions about this initiative, contact Zach Corbin, Assistant Director, Virtual and Experiential Engagement.

For technical questions, contact our service provider or call 1-888-866-0746.

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