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Alumni Career Success and Support

Connect Your Career to the UNC Bear Network

UNC's Bear Network is the global community of more than 130,000 alumni and friends representing different cities, different class years, and different careers. Connect to the Bear Network through a regional alumni group, alumni employer or alumni career advisor to launch and advance your career after UNC. For alumni looking to give back, the Bear Network provides an opportunity to support the career success of fellow Bears through volunteering, on-campus recruiting, and network development.


Get Help

Prepare and Connect

Students and graduates less than 3 years out, can access career services through UNC's Center for Career Readiness. All alumni retain access to career development services through the Office of Alumni Relations.


Provide Help

Advise and Recruit

Get involved by hiring fellow Bears, post open positions on Handshake, connect your professional network to UNC, and share your career expertise with fellow Bears.

Learn more about connecting with or becoming an Alumni Career Advisor or Employer

Insight at Your Fingertips

On Demand and Digital Career Development Resources to put the Bear Network to work.

Power Your LinkedIn Presence

On Demand

Watch a quick video and learn the best techniques for putting the Bear Network of more than 135,000 alumni to work for you when using this uniquely career-focused social media platform.

NoCo Small Business Social

On Demand

Join Nick Kenny '16, UNC alumnus and Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, to gain insight into supporting local and alumni-owned businesses.


Staying Sane & Growing Your Professional Brand

On Demand

Professor Denny McCorkle told attendees how to stay connected without getting drawn into negative social media.


Effective Virtual Interview Tips

On Demand

Join alumna and human resources professional Ashley Valenzuela-Ruesgen '11 to learn effective strategies for virtual job interviews.

Leveraging Your Bear Network

On Demand
Join alumnus and UNC Alumni Association board member Quinston Daugherty '97, '00 as he provides tips on growing your network, and engaging fellow alumni in your city or industry in support of your career.

Making the Most of LinkedIn

On Demand

Join alumna and UNC Alumni Association board member Jasmine Jones '17 in learning how to make the most of LinkedIn as you build a network and begin a job search post graduation.

From the Alumni Blog

Additional career development topics and tips from alumni experts across the Bear Network.

Beginning a Career in a COVID-19 Job Market

Renee Welch, UNC's director of the Center for Career Readiness is paying attention to trends and leveraging alumni connections to help the Class of 2020 succeed in a competitive, post COVID-19 job market. [READ FULL POST]

Top 10 Interview Tips from an HR Director

The interview process can be nerve-racking even for an experienced job seeker, but thanks to the Bear Network, UNC job seekers have help. [READ FULL POST]

Tips for Applying in an ATS World

Understanding the online system that companies use to recruit and hire talent may help you gain an edge in your employment search. [READ FULL POST]

Boost Your Career With The Bear Network

The Bear Network is an ever-growing network of alumni and friends who provide advice and insight, connect prospective students to UNC, and hire current students and alumni in companies across the United States. Connect with other alumni, navigate the next step in your career and stay in touch with UNC! [READ FULL POST]

Career Advice from Alumni for New Grads

Graduation is both an exciting and stressful time in the life of a student, especially when it means starting a career with the daunting "job search." UNC alumni remember what it was like to graduate, search for that first job, and build the confidence to start a career after UNC. [READ FULL POST]

You Created a LinkedIn Profile, Now What?

LinkedIn is an under utilized resource among college students, limiting student opportunities to connect with growing, global networks of alumni - but it doesn't have to be that way. Find out how LinkedIn offers students quick and easy access to building a network beginning with alumni. [READ FULL POST]

Read additional career insight and stories on the Alumni Blog #career.

If you're interested in submitting your career advice, please reach out to alumni@unco.edu to share your blog idea with a member of the alumni staff.

Bears Go Big

UNC Bears go out into the world to do BIG and significant work. Meet Christina Randle, who earned her UNC bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Secondary Teaching in 2003 and was named Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2018.

Teaching is so much more than just delivering content to the kids.

See other Bears going big.