Career Advice Network FAQs

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Advisor FAQs

Q. How do I sign up?
A. You can sign-up and build your professional profile here, once you have your profile created, you can login here.

Q. What is the benefit of logging in via my LinkedIn account?
A. Registering with LinkedIn is the easiest way to create your alumni profile. When you register with LinkedIn, you can import the information on your profile into your CAN profile, making the sign-up process under 5 minutes.

Q. I was a part of the old CAN, why can’t you automatically create my account?
A. Unfortunately we were unable to automatically roll over accounts from previous alumni advising platforms. The CAN platform that is powered by Firsthand, is a dynamic platform, and alumni profiles contain more information, with more options for ways to be a mentor, than any previous systems. Because of this, we do require advisors to create their own, most up to date profiles.

Q. What does being an advisor mean?
A. Being a CAN advisor is very simple - you create your advisor profile and become a part of a searchable database of alumni advisors that students and recent graduates have access to. As an advisor, after you register and become a part of this database, advisees can request three different types of services - Career Conversations, Mock Interviews, and Resume Critiques. You then respond to the advisee request and choose when you want to connect with them. All consultations are done over a secure conference call line or messaging system, if you would like to share your information during the consultation you are welcome to.

Q. How long is the mentor-mentee relationship active for?
A. In this platform, mentorship is defined by specific services that advisees request from advisors, they are essentially appointments that advisees request in different industries, and the services are Career Conversations, Mock Interviews, and Resume Critiques. These are meant to be half hour conversations, and if you would like to expand the mentor relationship, we encourage you to share your direct contact information with your mentor during the call.

Q. How do I add additional degrees to my profile?
A. To add additional degrees to your advisor profile, please append your degree level (MBA, MS etc.) to the name of the university, i.e. if you went to Harvard for your MBA, you should write “Harvard - MBA.” This will allow advisees to search this information in the key word search.

Advisee FAQs

Q. How do I sign up?
A. To register here for access as an advisee, then once you have registered, you can login here.

Q. How do I search advisors?
A. CAN is set-up to make searching for advisors easy! You can use the left navigation column to narrow your search by the advisor’s Colleges, Functions, Industries, Employers, Services, Locations, Languages, and Majors that they have outlined in their profiles. For some of these fields (Industries, Employers, Locations, and Languages), you will only see a few options in the list, you can use the “add ____” link underneath each of these sections to reveal a search bar to expand your search. You also have the option of using keyword search at the top of the left column to search words that appear in advisors’ profiles like “intern.” The advisor pool is growing in size and diversity every day - so keep checking for your perfect advisor.

Q. Who are the advisors?
A. Our advisors are mostly UC Santa Cruz alumni who have signed up to give back to current students. The platform is also open to UC Santa Cruz friends, staff, and faculty who would like to volunteer as advisors. We have alumni in all stages of their careers, who are employed in all sizes of companies, you can search for specific industries, fields, and companies you are interested in. All sectors are represented, and growing in diversity and strength by the day.

Q. What is a Career Conversation?
A. Career Conversations are the most popular consultation on the Career Advice Network. They are simply a phone call that happens over a secure conference call line (which means your phone number isn’t shared with anyone unless you choose to do so during the conversation). These conversations are an opportunity to find out more about an industry, ask questions about how to be a competitive applicant, and open up career connections.

Q. I scheduled my consultation, what should I ask my advisor?
A. Consultations are a chance for you to get answers from advisors who working in the career industries and fields you are interested in. What you ask depends on what you you are interested in finding out, here are some questions to get you started:

  • How did you get into this field?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work?
  • What are key skills and work attributes that make people successful in your field?
  • What is a regular day like?
  • What makes a competitive applicant?
  • If you could start over, what would you do the same or differently?
  • Do you have any tips for what I can do now to start working toward a career in this field?

Q. How long is the mentor-mentee relationship active for?
A. In this platform, mentorship is defined in specific services that advisees request from advisors, they are essentially appointments that advisees request in different industries, and the services are Career Conversations, Mock Interviews, and Resume Critiques. These are meant to be half hour conversations, and if you would like to expand the mentor relationship, we encourage you to share your direct contact information with your mentor during the call.

Q. How do I get contact information for advisors?
A. All CAN services and consultations are patched through a secure information sharing system, so no direct contact information is exchanged. If you would like to continue your mentor relationship with your advisors, we recommend you offer your contact information during the the call or messaging exchange.

Questions? For any other questions about this program, contact Katie Linder at klinder@ucsc.edu.