Test drive our private “LinkedIn” for Norwich alumni and students
NORWICH RECORD | Summer 2021
If you’re a Norwich alumnus, chances are you’ve heard, if not used, the phrase “the Norwich network” to describe a variety of scenarios, from connecting and networking with other alumni at social events and student sendoffs to simply building your local alumni network. Students use the phrase to describe connecting with alumni for career advice or when applying for an internship or a job. All these scenarios outline ways alumni and students benefit from Norwich connections.
The idea of the Norwich network has taken many forms and meant different things over the years. What was always missing was a means to truly operationalize this concept for everyone, regardless of their age, location, or expertise. That is until now. The Office of Alumni and Family Engagement has launched a new platform and website appropriately called the Norwich Network. It’s a way to connect people and ideas and share opportunities, whether you’re an alumnus or a student.
Our alumni always say that it is meaningful for them to give back to Norwich by supporting students, as well as young alumni embarking on their careers. The Norwich Network provides key support for this goal. Students now have the ability to find an alumni mentor in whatever career field they aspire to. Young alumni who see the importance of professional networking can do the same, locating alumni in their profession and region.
Unlike Facebook or LinkedIn, the Norwich Network is exclusive to our community. There are countless ways to find meaningful connections once you’re signed up. For example:
• Seek out alumni via a variety of search criteria, including company, area of expertise, military occupational designation, and dozens of other categories. To reconnect with classmates that you’ve lost touch with, for example, search by class year.
• Search for alumni and students based on your shared Norwich interests, such as Drill Team, Regimental Band, WNUB, Pegasus Players, athletics, or just about any other student club over the years.
• Use the map feature to find alumni to connect with while you’re traveling for work or pleasure.
• Join discussion groups based on careers, such as data analysis or law enforcement. There are also groups for connections back to Norwich, such as former athletes, and groups based on geographic regions throughout the country. There is even a group for retirees and the Old Guard.
• Search for students and alumni seeking help on various topics, from artificial intelligence to retiring from the military and embarking on a civilian career.
• Use the tool to send messages or setup meetings with other alumni and students, including video and audio chat. The system’s automatic matching will even recommend alumni for you to connect with.
So ponder these questions: In what ways do you think you could support another alumnus? How might you benefit professionally or personally by connecting with other alumni? What advice do you wish you had 10, 25, or 50 years ago? Using the new Norwich Network strengthens and streamlines what we Norwich alumni have always done, connect as friends and help one another in our careers.
The Class of 2021 was invited to join the Norwich Network prior to graduating in May. Undergraduates who are sophomores and up will be invited to use the Norwich Network during the upcoming fall semester. If you’re an alum-nus that has yet to sign up, you can create a profile by visiting networking.norwich.edu.
See you online!
EDDIE HABECK ’99 & M’10
Director of Alumni & Family Engagement