0LNewbie wrote:They seemed to indicate that the program would, at first, look like an extension of what the CSO will currently do for you: give you 5 names in the market you're interested in and have you meet with them and try to just keep expanding your network.
They currently have 3,000 names of wash u alums and they want all of us to pledge to join the network when we're out.
It's basically school-assisted networking. Seemed to be a pretty good thing.
Yeah, this is what I figured. Just not sold on how much this going to help students. I know people with like top 1/3 grades who have gone to the CSO for names, and they give them people at places like Kirkland and Skadden. What good does that do anyone?
I'm a big proponent of networking, and I like this idea, but you can't network your way into a job that doesn't exist. And even if alumni want to help you, they often can't because of interoffice politics. I had a Wash U alum on a hiring committee at a big firm practically admit he wanted to hire a few more WUSTLers, but they couldn't extend more offers because the other people on the committee wanted other schools.
I'm sure this will help and I hope it does, but I hope the CSO has more tricks up their sleeves than "network more."