Make Connections

Networking is about making meaningful connections with other people. Asking for advice and building professional relationships with fellow alumni, friends, family and others are just two approaches to network your way to a new job or career.

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U.Va. Networking Resources

University Career Assistance Network (UCAN)

UCAN is a U.Va. Alumni-only searchable database of over 25,000 alumni who have agreed to connect with fellow alumni and students about career, job search strategies, and company backgrounds.

University of Virginia Alumni LinkedIn Group

This LinkedIn Group is for alumni who currently hold a U.Va. degree or attended a U.Va. degree-granting program.   In order to be approved for membership, your U.Va. education must be visible in your LinkedIn profile.  Students are not eligible until they graduate. Jobs are frequently posted by alumni in addition to discussions and notices about events.

University of Virginia Career Networking Community LinkedIn Group

This LinkedIn Group is open to alumni, recruiters, employers and recruiters, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends of the University. Develop connections, share resources, give and receive advice on jobs and internships, careers, graduate school and more. Join the Group, make connections.

Alumni Interest Groups

U.Va. Alumni Interest Groups (AIGs) are volunteer organizations whose members share common bonds as part of their University experience.  The groups are dedicated to celebrating their connections and continuing U.Va.’s tradition of service.

Young Alumni

Did you graduate in the last ten years? Connect with your alumni peers at this site.


UVaClubs are located around the world. Some have Networking Committees to assist alumni who are relocating to that area. Most clubs sponsor events throughout the year where you can network with other alumni face-to-face.

General Networking Resources

If you have additional degrees, see if they have alumni databases similar to UCAN and join their LinkedIn Groups as well. Search for community and regional in-person events to attend, as well as online group you can participate it. There are literally thousands of opportunities for networking.

LinkedIn is an essential research and networking tool. Click “Contacts” and “University of Virginia” on your toolbar to search for LI members with UVA in their education; search for other schools’ alumni by clicking “Change School.” Find out more from the Friday Forum webinar LinkedIn Olympics! Competing in Today’s Social Media Environment with alum Safiya Edwards.

Get ready to tweet.  If you are networking for a job search, check out the Twitter Job Search Guide by U.Va. alum Chandlee Bryan. Also view our Friday Forum Webinar, Twitter For Networking with U.Va. alum Kate Fink.

Directory of Professional/Industry Associations and Societies

Network with the people in your field. This directory from is well organized by industry area.

Key Career Networking Resources for Job-Seekers

A collection of career and job-search networking resources, tips and how-to guides from Quintessential Careers.


A global collaborative network designed for professionals in the nonprofit, philanthropic and international development sectors. Build your network, find jobs.

Your Career: Don’t do these networking no-nos

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Meetup helps you find, organize and join groups in your community that are based on shared interests, both personal and professional.

Levo League

Levo League is a social good startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce by providing the career resources needed to achieve personal and professional success.