Network With Alumni at ‘Interview with an Aggie’

Alumnus Jeffrey Jarvis ’81 networks with students Cristal Gonzalez ’18 and Jeffrey Seidl ’20

Alumnus Jeffrey Jarvis ’81 networks with students Cristal Gonzalez ’18 and Jeffrey Seidl ’20 at a recent career programming event hosted by the alumni association.

By Ashley Han

UC Davis students can get a head start in the competitive job market with the help of a successful alumni. Interview with an Aggie is an exclusive networking event that connects members of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) with alumni in their field of interest and in-person opportunities to network. It also offers resume workshops in preparation for the event.

“Interview with an Aggie helped me realize that I have a lot of work to do before I graduate and start applying for jobs,” said SAA President Samantha Teshima ’19. “It gave me a heads up on employment qualifications and possible career paths.”

Current SAA networking director, Cristal Gonzalez ’18 told Teshima that her connection with an alumna at last year’s networking event resulted in an internship.

“It’s really nice to hear that Cristal was able to get that opportunity,” Teshima said. “It’s common for students to build strong professional connections at these events. For example, another one of the SAA board members, Vice President Morgan Hashimoto ’18, still keeps in touch with the alumnae she met last year.”

Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) board member Kyle Trinosky ’05 MBA ’12 agrees that building alumni connections is important. In fact, he started working for the Sacramento Kings after graduation in part because he had a strong professional network with Aggies who were willing to help. He is now in consulting management for Collaborative Solutions, a company which he learned about through a referral from another Aggie. Throughout his career, Kyle has hired more than 20 Aggies into different positions and internships including some he met at Interview with an Aggie where he has volunteered for several years.

“All the UC Davis students I have met at CAAA events are incredibly interesting and passionate. They all have something to contribute and have learned a great deal at Davis,” said Trinosky. “Interview with an Aggie is memorable because it gives alumni the ability to provide career advice to students who are eager to listen and learn. I really encourage both alumni and students to participate.”

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