Tuck Creates A New Way For Students and Alumni To Connect
Think alumni connections are just made during cold calls and cocktail hours? Not at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, which is taking a systemized, high tech approach to connecting MBA students and alumni.
The Tuck Networking Hub is an online platform that enables alumni to opt-in to offer career mentorship to Tuck students and fellow alumni based on their industry and experience.
“By having the Tuck Networking Hub, students will now have access to a population of alumni who have said, Yes, I want to help you with your career,” Renee Hirschberg, the director of alumni engagement and advancement operations, says. “While Tuck alumni are always willing to help each other, this method really provides a warm outreach.”
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGAGEMENT
The Hub, which was released Monday, builds on the connectivity of the myTuck alumni site, which currently offers a directory of all alumni and their career profiles.
With the Hub, students and alumni have an opportunity to reach out to one another and connect.
To help build stronger connections, users are asked to complete a questionnaire about their educational background, industry experience, location, and areas of interest.
The Hub takes that info and searches for other users to match. Users can also filter their matches.
In addition to connecting students and alumni, the Hub will also feature center content with the Center for Business, Government and Society and Center of Entrepreneurship piloting groups within the Hub.
Hirschberg says the university is excited about the flexibility and openness of the Hub.
“We haven’t put a lot of confines around how people should use it,” Hirschberg says, “because we want to see how people will use it. We want to see what naturally happens.”