Career Development

Bridge the gap between college and career through alumni mentorship

Network

WisrConnect is a platform that engages students and matches them with alumni, employers, and university supporters.

Students who join select from a configurable set of career goals such as:
  • Exploring career options
  • Learning about specific employers
  • Understanding careers within an industry
  • Finding a job shadow or externship
  • Finding mock interview and resume review opportunities
  • Learning about career outcomes for graduates with the same major

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Configurable goals and volunteer items

Alumni volunteers select from a customizable list of things they are interested in doing to help students at your institution prepare for careers. Meanwhile, students select their specific goals. Collecting this information helps students search for well-suited advisors while helping you understand how members are using the network.

Personalized dashboard with next steps and member recommendations

Every student has a personalized dashboard with suggested next steps and recommended alumni connections. Next steps are personalized based on each member’s goals and offer tips on how to get the most out of the network. Recommended members are calculated based on factors like career aspirations, academic interests, and organization memberships. Together, next steps and recommended members ensure that everyone who joins the network knows exactly how to find perfect mentors.

Flexible search filters

A powerful search tool makes it easy to zero in on the right alumni. Students can filter by criteria like undergraduate major, current employer, job title, city of residence, and volunteer items. For example, a student preparing to apply for jobs in business could isolate recent graduates who studied econ and are willing to review resumes.

Call scheduling with template-style agendas

The network bulldozes the common barriers that prevent students from reaching out for advice. Supplementing an easy to use chat feature, the built-in call scheduler makes it simple to plan a conversation. Students choose from a configurable list of reasons for reaching out, and the network automatically creates an introductory message template. They simply personalize a few lines of text and are ready to go with a well-written, professional call request.

Industry exploration tool

Students have an easy way to find advisors in any industry. The visual industry explorer allows members to view experts in broad industries — like business and technology — or zoom in on narrower fields — like management consulting and computer engineering.

Communities to connect members with similar interests or affinities

Member-created communities provide an easy way to connect students with alumni who have shared interests, identities, or backgrounds. Some common real-life examples of communities include Future Entrepreneurs, First-Generation Students, and Charity & Non-Profit Professionals.

Mediated, forum-style discussions to support important conversations

Many students will have similar questions, so not all conversations on the network should be one-on-one. Forum-style discussions allow all members to collectively discuss questions and offer advice. When should students start applying to internships? How can a leadership position in a club be translated onto a resume? Is GPA the biggest factor when applying to jobs? Help students find the answers they need in a mediated environment.

Events to help students access relevant in-person programming

This tool allows administrators and members to share events with others who might be interested. Events within communities can be related to the goal of the community or recent discussions. For example, an administrator could create an event for a STEM networking session and share it in the Student Engineers community.
“Wisr provides a one-stop shop to engage both students and alumni. All alumni can participate regardless of where they live and how much time they have to volunteer. Students can connect with mentors who share their backgrounds, and the fact that alumni opt in removes a lot of the anxiety surrounding the initial approach.”
Meredith Daw, Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Career Advancement)
University of Chicago

Key product benefits

Automate and scale manually intensive mentorship and volunteer programming

Provide more flash mentorship opportunities for students to have their point-in-time questions answered by experienced alumni volunteers

Integrate career advising throughout the institution, with support for faculty, external supporters, and young alumni

Eliminate advisor and admin headache through real-time messaging, meeting scheduling, and automatic survey follow-up

Communities and matching criteria are fully tailored to your campus programming

Case studies at partner institutions

Denison University

The challenge

Juniors, seniors, and young alumni are competing for increasingly competitive jobs and internships, but college curriculum rarely addresses career readiness.

How Wisr helped

Career development administrators decided to host workshops on three topics: resume and cover letter writing, networking, and interviewing. During the workshops, trained advisors gave students in-person feedback on their resumes and interviewing skills. To provide ongoing support, the advisors and students who met at the workshops received invites to join a community in WisrConnect where they could continue to exchange resume drafts and feedback. Meanwhile, administrators could offer exclusive access to events and resources for workshop attendees through the community.

University of Chicago

The challenge

Young alumni are an important target audience, who are increasing their demand for career and professional development support after graduation.

How Wisr helped

UChicago used Wisr to support an existing program called “Mind Your Career,” a young-alumni targeted webinar series aiming to prepare viewers for first and second jobs. The series provides engaging interviews with alumni and panels about industry trends. After viewing a webinar, young alumni could use Wisr to followup with interviewees and panelists or search out additional advisors in the industries being discusses. The program’s power came from providing information and introductions paired with an immediate, approachable call to action.

Southern Illinois University

The challenge

Undergraduate students have a hard time understanding what the day-to-day in a specific career looks like.

How Wisr helped

Going into the Wisr partnership, SIU had an existing externship program, but matching students with opportunities was labor intensive and participation was low. Wisr used a matching algorithm to find relevant externships for each student participant based on the student’s geographic preferences and industry interests. With these matches, Wisr automatically generated emails connecting each student and employer with details about the externship and next steps needed to accept the offering.

The challenge

Juniors, seniors, and young alumni are competing for increasingly competitive jobs and internships, but college curriculum rarely addresses career readiness.

How Wisr helped

Career development administrators decided to host workshops on three topics: resume and cover letter writing, networking, and interviewing. During the workshops, trained advisors gave students in-person feedback on their resumes and interviewing skills. To provide ongoing support, the advisors and students who met at the workshops received invites to join a community in WisrConnect where they could continue to exchange resume drafts and feedback. Meanwhile, administrators could offer exclusive access to events and resources for workshop attendees through the community.

The challenge

Young alumni are an important target audience, who are increasing their demand for career and professional development support after graduation.

How Wisr helped

UChicago used Wisr to support an existing program called “Mind Your Career,” a young-alumni targeted webinar series aiming to prepare viewers for first and second jobs. The series provides engaging interviews with alumni and panels about industry trends. After viewing a webinar, young alumni could use Wisr to followup with interviewees and panelists or search out additional advisors in the industries being discusses. The program’s power came from providing information and introductions paired with an immediate, approachable call to action.

The challenge

Undergraduate students have a hard time understanding what the day-to-day in a specific career looks like.

How Wisr helped

Going into the Wisr partnership, SIU had an existing externship program, but matching students with opportunities was labor intensive and participation was low. Wisr used a matching algorithm to find relevant externships for each student participant based on the student’s geographic preferences and industry interests. With these matches, Wisr automatically generated emails connecting each student and employer with details about the externship and next steps needed to accept the offering.

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White glove launch support and training

The Wisr team has years of experience in higher education with over 30 successful network launches and 100% partner retention. You will be welcomed to a powerful community of peer institutions and resources that goes far beyond simple setup and support.

30+ partner institutions

With over 30 successful implementations under our belts, we have developed a set of best practices to make sure your network becomes the go-to destination for networking and mentorship.

100% partner retention

The results speak for themselves. No partner has ever discontinued their Wisr network or switched over to a different vendor.

45K+ active members

Our job isn't over when your network is set up. We work with you every step of the way to make sure constituents on your campus are adopting the platform.

On-demand marketing support

We provide all partners with a marketing schedule guide, a dedicated account manager, and configurable engagement dashboards.

Extensive resource library

To make sure you get the most out of the network we give you a library of webinars, access to a community of hundreds of peer administrators, and a set of sample marketing assets.

In-person training events

Join us for free in-person summits run throughout the country for professional development and refining your on-campus strategy.

Ready to learn more about how your institution could use Wisr?

Wisr offers one-on-one consultation for Career Development departments. Past consulting projects range from building a network for resume reviews and mock interviews to matching students with externship opportunities. Whether you’re facing a general challenge or struggling with an existing project, let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll let you know how we can help:

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