Guest post by Dr. Heather Hicks.
As graduate director, I have searched for a viable means of helping alumni and current students to connect with each other for a number of years. After meeting recently with Kevin Grubb, an expert on social media at Villanova’s Career Services Office, I have decided that LinkedIn is the best platform for this effort. You can access our new networking group for current students and alumni of Villanova’s Graduate English Program by going to the LinkedIn site at https://www.linkedin.com/, and then searching for “Villanova Graduate English Program.” At the group page, you can request to join the group.
The group provides an ideal opportunity for you to see the range of careers that alumni of the program have pursued, and it gives you a quick and convenient way to benefit from their professional knowledge and experience. So far, close to 50 alumni of the program have joined the group, and I expect more to join in the coming weeks. The group will also allow you to keep in touch with your former classmates once you have completed the degree. The group offers me a convenient way to post job listings that have been sent to me by those seeking to hire someone with the skills our program cultivates. It may also give me the opportunity to reach out to you when I am seeking an expert in a particular field to give an alumni talk or participate in an alumni panel here on campus.
I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about LinkedIn and the alumni group. Villanova’s Career Office now advises all Villanova students to establish a professional profile on LinkedIn because, with 260 million members, it has become an important way that potential employers advertise positions, search for prospective employees, and review job candidates. If you want to learn more about LinkedIn, you may attend the webinar the Graduate School is hosting on January 22nd at noon at the following link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/218196366/106077190
I hope you’ll join, and again, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this new group.