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Rackham Connect

We know students and alumni of graduate programs have specific goals when it comes to networking and mentorship—that is where Rackham Connect comes in. Powered by U-M Career Center, Rackham Connect is a hub within the UCAN (University Career Alumni Network) platform that exists solely to serve Rackham graduate students and alumni.

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Information For Students

What is Rackham Connect?

Rackham Connect is a platform that enables you to browse and network with U-M alumni and professionals for career-related conversations/informational interviews. Through this tool, you’ll gain valuable insights about career diversity and the unique challenges of graduate school, and ask questions about positions, industries, and even geographic locations from people who have been where you are and can help you better understand your world after grad school.

How do I create a Rackham Connect profile?

It’s quick—just sign in with your uniqname and kerberos password to create your profile. We suggest including a descriptive headline, a brief bio, previous experience, and any interests you’d like to share. After you set up your profile, you can begin searching for alums who match your interests and networking needs. The platform will provide all the tools you need to contact them directly and arrange a time to chat or even meet in person.

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Connect with alums and other professionals today.

What Can I Gain from Using Rackham Connect?

Informational Interviews and Mentorships with Alumni

Rackham alumni have signed up because they want to help current U-M graduate students. They’re waiting and excited to hear from you! After connecting, you can request informational interviews or mentorships from an alum by messaging them through the platform. This is a great way to explore career options, many beyond the professoriate, and get advice from people who have faced similar experiences and challenges.

Groups for Your Field of Study and Campus Communities

Within Rackham Connect, you can join communities (groups) you may already have a connection to. Whether by field of study, student organization, or personal identity, these spaces allow you to connect and discuss with other students and alumni the things that are important to you.

Educational or Career Resources and Discussions

By making connections, joining groups, and participating in discussion boards you can learn about funding opportunities, career possibilities, useful resources, and more. It can be daunting to find your professional fit, but on Rackham Connect, you can learn about organizations and industries, job roles and functions within and outside of academia, and even considerations for continued education, all from people who have been in your shoes

Information For Alumni

What is Rackham Connect?

Rackham Connect is a platform that enables you to browse and network with current graduate students and fellow U-M alumni and professionals for career-related conversations/informational interviews.

Through this tool, you’ll provide valuable insight into career possibilities and share key pieces of your graduate school experience. Current graduate students will be able to ask questions about your career path, your industry, and even the geographic location you find yourself in now. It is incredibly valuable for our students to hear about the experiences of those who know the challenges they are facing and can provide a glimpse into life beyond graduate school.

How do I create a Rackham Connect profile?

You can sign up using a number of convenient login options. When completing your profile, we suggest including a compelling headline, a brief bio, your previous experience, and any interests you’d like to share. After your profile is set up, you can choose to join other areas of the platform, or you can begin exploring Rackham’s online community, including fellow alums and current graduate students who match your networking interests. The platform will provide all the tools needed to facilitate both digital and face-to-face connections.

Why should I join Rackham Connect?

You don’t have to come to campus to be a mentor (of course, we’d always love to have you). You can use your time and talent to impact a current Rackham student and connect with the greater Rackham community from your own computer. You’ve done the writing, you’ve attended the conferences, you’ve conducted the research. Nobody knows the challenges and milestones of graduate school like our alumni. Rackham Connect not only allows students to find and learn from you, it provides a space for alumni to connect with one another as well.

Connect Today

Connect with current Rackham students and fellow scholars and professionals today.

Information For Departments

Use Rackham Connect to bring your students and alumni together in one place. With your own group on Rackham Connect, you can facilitate discussions and connections between the seasoned and emerging scholars of your department. This opportunity presents a dedicated space for your students to network with and learn from alumni, as well as learn more about the history of your department.

We do all the heavy lifting for you by providing the platform, group, and discussion space. We’ll even give you everything you need to know about how to engage your audience. All you need to do is invite your members to join the group and start posting relevant discussion topics and resources. For more information on creating a space for graduate students and alumni of your department to share their experiences, email rackham.alums@umich.edu with the subject line, “Rackham Connect Group.”

For more information on how both current graduate students and alumni can take advantage of this space and the platform as a whole, view the sections above.