UCAN: UAlbany Career Advisory Network

You've talked to friends, seen you academic and department advisors, and you've gotten great advice, but you may still be asking:

  • How can I get in touch with professionals in Public Health to learn more about what I need to plan my career?

  • How can I connect with people out in the real world, doing the kind of work I want to do when I graduate?

The answer is simple... UCAN: UAlbany Career Advisory Network!

UCAN is an online database that connects undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students with more than 1,500 professional alumni from the University at Albany.  Students may search for alumni on any number of criteria such as job type, company, region, and other key words.  Once connected, the student may ask the alum or advisor specific questions regarding their job or for advice regarding classes, career paths, internships, etc.

This database is a great way for students to start networking with professionals.  If students and alumni are in the same area, they can agree to meet in person to have discussions or by phone calls.  Students can treat these sessions as informational interviews and build their networking skills.

Using UCAN:
UCAN is housed in the Alumni Online Community.  If you aren't already a member, register here.

If you are experiencing problems with registering, email alumni@albany.edu. In the subject line write: OLC Student Registration.  In the body of the email, include your full name, class standing (e.g. sophomore, graduate student), expected graduation year, home address, birth date and student ID number.

Questions:  Contact Melissa Samuels at the Alumni Association at msamuels@albany.edu or (518) 442-3080.

Additional Information:

  • This is not a job placement service.  The purpose is to connect students with alumni for advice only.  Think of it as an informational interview... if it leads to something more, then great!
  • Most "interviews" will be over the phone, but if the alum is local it may be possible to meet in person.
  • Be prepared: come to the interview with a list of questions, do research about the alum's job and company before the interview.
  • Do not send or give your resume unless the alum asks for it.
  • Let the alum talk, the student should only talk 25% of the time or less.
  • Keep track of time: set time limits and let the alum know if time is cutting short.
  • Ask if it is okay to contact the alum if you have further questions.
  • Follow up with a thank you care: handwritten or emailed.