New social and professional networking platform for Princetonians in soft-launch phase
The Office of Career Services is launching PrincetonConnect, a new social and professional networking platform, as part of its efforts to build a Tiger Career Community to support students. Powered by startup PeopleGrove, the platform will foster connections, organic conversation and flash mentorship between students, alumni and other members of the Princeton University community.
"PrincetonConnect will help students build a network of advocates and mentors for their career and professional development," said Eva Kubu, interim executive director of Career Services. "Time and time again we hear from students how conversations with alumni have a tremendous impact on their career exploration. PrincetonConnect will help students find mentors based on similar interests and affiliations, increasing the opportunity for students and alumni to connect for personalized advice, referrals and meaningful career conversations."
By joining PrincetonConnect, students will be able to ask questions and get advice from other Princetonians; expand their professional networks; join dedicated Princeton discussion groups on topics that interest them; find other Princetonians in their geographic area or industry; and access exclusive career-related resources and events. Users will be able to specify how they would like to provide assistance for other community members through conversations on topics like career exploration, industry expertise, work/life balance, job/internship search preparation and shadowing opportunities.
"We're excited for a campus-wide launch later this year to help connect the broader Tiger Career Community," said Kubu. "This online resource will expand on the many high-tech and high-touch ways we bring students and alumni together." Long-term plans include involving faculty, staff and even family members as mentors on the platform.
Career Services has partnered with several groups of students and alumni to provide early access through a phased launch over the course of the semester in order to gather feedback and enhance the system. These initial users include students and alumni interested in health professions and entrepreneurship; the men's and women's lacrosse teams; students and alumni involved in the Program in Theater; and those from first-generation or low-income backgrounds.
PrincetonConnect will complement the TigerNet online alumni community and suite of volunteer tools managed by the Office of Alumni Affairs and will provide alumni with a resource to help them connect directly to students with similar interests.
If you are interested in learning more about the community and joining PrincetonConnect when it becomes public, please complete the form below. Contact Andria Mirabal '08, associate director, student/alumni engagement.