Join the Career Advice Network

Career Advice Network (CAN)

Need career advice? There are over 100,000 alumni that are a part of the UC Santa Cruz network. The Career Advice Network lets you search a database of hundreds of Alumni advisors that have volunteered to mentor current students. You can schedule a resume critique, do a mock interview or have a simple career conversation anytime, anywhere so you’re prepared to land your dream job. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Career Advice Network, please check out our FAQs section or email

Do you want to provide students and/or Slug alumni with career advice?

Get Advice: Register to be an advisee

Give Advice: Register to be an alumni advisor*

*Are you an alumni who wants to give back? Build your advisor profile today, you can sign up with your Linkedin Profile in under 5 minutes.

How it works for an advisee:

  1. Search the database of alumni advisors, and find someone you want to connect withnetwork
  2. Request the type of career help you needbubbles
  3. Connect via phone at a time convient for you!

Ready to build a network of successful alumni?

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FAQs for CAN Users

How do I sign up?
To register for access as an advisee, visit, once you have registered, you can log-in here.

How do I search advisors?
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.

Who are the advisors?
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 alums 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.

What is a Career Conversation?
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.

I scheduled my consultation, what should I ask my advisor?
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?

How long is the mentor-mentee relationship active for?
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.

How do I get contact information for advisors?
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 questions about this program, contact Katie Linder at

Looking for help from professional career counselors? Come and visit the UC Santa Cruz Career Center for one on one appointments and workshops.