Cornell University

Providing Career Advice

Students need as much information as possible to make good career decisions. The most inspiring advice often comes from the personal experiences of others. Cornell's Alumni Mentor Network provides an opportunity for students to get career advice (usually online) from people who have experience in areas that interest them.

Network members—alumni, parents, and friends of the University—help students explore career options and give insight into some of the realities of the workplace. Mentors are not expected to offer internships or jobs—just information and advice.

Whether you're an experienced professional with a wealth of information, or a relatively recent graduate with great tips on applying to graduate and professional school or making a transition into the workplace, you'll find that assisting young Cornellians is a rewarding experience.

Joining Cornell's Network

Cornell Career Services has recently launched a new mentoring system, CCNet Mentors. If you participated in our previous Career Contact Network, your profile has been transferred to the new system and you should have received a message with instructions for logging in. If you did not receive a message, please call 607/255-0543 for assistance with your log-in information.

If you have an Experience account (formerly Epronet) but have not been a Mentor before, log in to your account and create your Mentor Profile and Settings. If you are new to Mentoring and to Experience, follow the links to create a new account on the Experience site.

Additional Networks

The College of Human Ecology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sponsor additional mentoring programs for their students.

What will students ask?

Students will inquire about career paths, the need for graduate degrees, moving to a new city, industry trends, company culture, etc. Typical questions might include:

  • What do you find most rewarding/most difficult about your work?
  • Please describe your career path.
  • How did you make connections in a new city?
  • How does your job relate to your major at Cornell?
  • What might you have done at Cornell to prepare better for a career in your field?
  • What are the typical daily responsibilities in your job?

If you are asked an inappropriate question, please take the opportunity to educate students on networking etiquette.