Eagle Exchange is a Boston College exclusive online platform that fosters connections between students and alumni around the world. The platform will provide you the opportunity to seek knowledge and advice, explore career fields of interest, and build your professional network. The guide below will help you get started on the platform.
How do I sign up?
Sign up is easy!
- Go to eagleexchange.bc.edu
- Click “Join the Community”
- Click “BC Login” and sign in through Agora
- Follow the instructions to finish setting up your preferences and profile.
Once I’m signed up, what can I do?
EagleExchange has many different features for BC students, including:
- Explore the Community: This feature is most similar to LinkedIn. Use the Quick Meetings feature to search and discover people you would like to talk to.
- Join a group: There a several groups set up for students to join and connect with people who share similar interests. You can join a career cluster or groups with other categories of identity or shared interests.
- Discussion: An open forum to post an open career question or opportunity. People within the community can answer questions or offer advice on anything from general recruitment questions to specific job experience inquiries.
- Resources: This section offers a variety of content to help you with your career path. This includes networking advice to webinar series.
How do I find people I’m interested in talking to?
You can filter search for different alumni depending on what is important to you. Filters include major at BC, Location, Industry, Identity preferences, and more.
What are some reasons I might want to reach out to someone?
Although networking is a common and worthwhile reason to reach out, alumni who join the platform can help in a variety of ways, including:
- General Advice: These people were in your shoes not long ago. Particularly, those who have the same major or participated in similar extra-curricular activities may have useful tips on how to capitalize on your time here at BC, insight on their course work, or what their recruitment process was like.
- Informational Interview: If you have found someone who works in the industry or even a company you are curious about, don’t be afraid to reach out to learn more. This is particularly helpful if you are unsure about what your career path will look like. Talk to a number of people to learn about work culture, work values, and what it’s like to work in a certain industry.
- Mock Interview practice: Alumni are a great resource to practice interviews with. Not only are they probably working in your desired industry, but they’ve been through the same process and succeed. Reach out to practice and get tips on how to ace an interview, whether it be behavior, technical, case, etc.
- Job Shadow: Job shadows are a great way to get a sense of what it is like to work at a company first hand. Once you have narrowed down some ideas about what you would like to do, take a look and see if you can find someone in your area who might be able to show you around the office and what they do in person.
Once I’ve found someone I want to reach out to, how can I contact them?
Depending on the user’s preferences, once you click “Let’s Connect” you may reach out to someone in one of two ways: Request a meeting or send a message.
If you choose to send a general message to connect, the screen will simply prompt you to compose a message and send your request to connect.
If you choose to set up a meeting, there are a few steps to fill out.
- Choose a topic for the meeting. Users have indicated their own areas of expertise that they feel most comfortable provided advice on.
- Pick your preferred method of meeting. Be cognisant of where the person is located. In person interviews are always best but if the user is far away or unavailable skype or a phone call is acceptable.
- Suggest a couple of preferred times to meet.
- Compose a message. Introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in meeting with them and send.
How do I compose a message to an alumni?
If you are unsure of where to start, here are some tips on writing a message to alumni:
- Specific Title. If you are requesting a meeting, you have the option to include a title. While Alumni on EagleExchange will likely get back to you, it is always important to make sure your subject like is as specific as possible, whether that be through EagleExchange, LinkedIn, Email, etc.
- Get to the Point. You don’t have much space to write your message. Introduce yourself, explain your reason for contacting them, and provide the best way that they can help you.
- Say Thank You. Obvious but sometimes easy to forget. It’s worth using up some space to be gracious and let them know you appreciate their time and expertise.
Visit our website for tips and to view a sample outreach letter.
—By Madison Mariani, CSOM ’19