Professional Connections Program

The goal of the program is to pair UIC engineering juniors or seniors with experienced UIC engineering alumni  for an exchange of information on education, professionalism, aspirations, ideas and professional connections! These pairings provide a learning experience for students outside the classroom, where they have a chance to see the opportunities that a professional environment has in store for them and for students to start growing their professional network.

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How the Professional Connections Program can benefit you:

  • Receive career/life advice and suggestions overall
  • Learn about detailed experiences that UIC engineering alumni have had
  • Gain ideas about different directions to pursue and help identify interests
  • Develop professional connections and potential opportunities
  • Learn about developing specific skills to make yourself more marketable
  • Learn about projects UIC engineering alumni have completed in their professional experience
  • Discuss non-traditional ideas on what to do after completing a degree (e.g. attend grad school, certifications)
  • Understand and discuss current trends and skills in specific engineering industries

 

Professional Connections Testimonials

student on a job site with their mentor

“The connection is going very well with my student. We have met a couple of times to focus on her plans for after graduation and any advice or connections I can help her with. Our last meeting was at a construction site to give her the opportunity to see real life engineering.”   ~JR, Clayco

“We have regular phone calls and touch base.  I gave my mentee a tour of the facility where I work. I also reviewed his resume and gave him some ideas that have been pretty successful to get some industry experience.”   ~Michael, James Instruments Inc.

“This program is great! Students can connect with people in the industry who can offer real world advice. I would have given anything to have had this kind of academic experience when I was an engineering student!”   ~Stacy, Isolinear Data Inc.

Want a Connection/Mentor? Application is open now till September 30th!