Connect with Alumni
Throughout the years, Columbia University Alumni have been known to have interesting, accomplished, and varied careers. Visit the resources below to learn more about these alums who graduated from a range of CU schools, majors, and programs.
The Alumni Profiles highlight a list of success stories from talented alumni from the seven schools that CCE serves who have shared their career stories for the purposes of offering insights and glimpses into a variety of career fields. Search here for alumni by Columbia University school, major, degree, graduation year, industry type, employer, and current job title. Please note that this is a new project, and we are thus in the process of growing the profile database.
If you would like to share your own story with Columbia students and alumni, please send your bio or LinkedIn profile to Vernon Gibbs II, Employer and Alumni Outreach Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
COLUMBIA CAREER CONNECTIONS
The Center for Career Education has now upgraded Columbia Career Connections to a LinkedIn Group! This new format will allow for better connections amongst your classmates and alumni for the purpose of career exploration and job search.
To support you in fully utilizing the services of LinkedIn, we have gathered information below to help you with your LinkedIn profile, navigate LinkedIn groups and discuss the job search process within LinkedIn. We also strongly encourage you to make an appointment with one of CCE’s Career Counselors to discuss how to leverage this group to make the connections you need to achieve your career goals!
Columbia Career Connections (CCC) is an online career networking community through which students have the opportunity to make connections with alumni in a wide variety of professions, industries and locations. Columbia University is fortunate to have a vibrant alumni community, and direct relationships with alumni can provide students with opportunities to get advice and information as well as to network with various alumni. CCE emphasizes networking as an important aspect of career development. Networking can help individuals gain valuable industry insight, find contacts for informational interviews and develop a more nuanced understanding of organizations and professions. CCC further helps students and alumni develop contacts, communicate with career professionals, and interact with alumni to encourage active career exploration.
ADDITIONAL LINKEDIN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI GROUPS
Over the past few years, more than 150 alumni groups have been created by Columbia University alumni on the online professional network, LinkedIn. Three particular groups that have been involved with the Center for Career Education and connecting alumni are highlighted below. These groups can be found in the Group section of LinkedIn. Note that you will need a LinkedIn profile to join.
- Columbia Alumni Association Network: Currently the largest Columbia University alumni group on LinkedIn with more than 14,000 members. The Columbia Alumni Association manages this group.
- IvyLife: A LinkedIn professional group bringing together graduates of Ivy League institutions. This group currently has 15,000 members and hosts networking events worldwide.
For more information on setting up a LinkedIn profile and utilizing LinkedIn in general, visit the LinkedIn Learning Center. Students can visit the LinkedIn Student Guide as well as tipsheets, including:
- How to Build a Professional Student LinkedIn Profile
- How to Network Professionally Online
- How to Conduct Essential Research On LinkedIn
- LinkedIn Etiquette Guide
CCE has also conducted three webinars on using LinkedIn - click on the links to access the recordings below:
- LinkedIn 101 – Getting to Know the Basics (shares a broad overview of LinkedIn features)
- Beyond the Basics: Taking LinkedIn to the Next Level (focuses on LinkedIn profile writing)
- LinkedIn and the Job Search: Find the Link to Your Next Opportunity (highlights LinkedIn tools for job searching)
In addition, CCE offers four tipsheets on using Online Social Media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) for job searching purposes:
- Finding a Job Using Social Media - Introduction
- Finding a Job Using Social Media - Advanced
- Finding a Job Using Social Media - LinkedIn
- Finding a Job Using Social Media - Twitter
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI DIRECTORY
The University-wide Alumni Directory is currently open only to alumni and helps individuals stay connected with fellow alums from all Columbia schools. The database allows alumni to search by a variety of factors, including class year, city, state, country, field of work, company name, job title, school, major, and degree. Note that you will need your Columbia University Network ID (UNI) and password to log on and use the system. Your UNI is a pre-assigned username that allows you to access Columbia's online alumni benefits. If you have questions about accessing your UNI and password, please visit here.
Throughout the year, CCE and other offices and groups on campus host career networking opportunities for students and alumni. One example of such an event is Media Networking Night, which brings alumni in the media industry to campus to discuss their current work with Columbia University students. In addition, CCE hosts alumni-to-alumni networking events in collaboration with other groups across campus. Please visit CCE's Event Calendar as well as our Special Events webpage for upcoming student-to-alumni and alumni-to-alumni networking events.