Guest Post by: Matt Kelly (C’08, MBA’17), Associate Director, Alumni Career Services
Since its founding in 2013, Hoya Gateway has been a program committed to building powerful networking connections among Hoyas. The program, managed through Alumni Career Services, has primarily focused on students connecting with alumni through an online platform. To date, over 4,300 connections have been initiated on this platform, making it the premier place for students to go to network with Georgetown alumni. This success is directly attributable to the dedication of alumni volunteers, who created profiles on the platform and committed to being responsive and generous with their time and expertise.
The program has recently taken the next step in its mission to serve the Georgetown community by launching “Alumni-to-Alumni” networking. This means that the dedicated alumni volunteers on the online platform now have the ability to find and reach out to each other! So what does this mean for the program? And what can alumni expect to see on the platform itself?
Commitment to Engagement
We’ve all had the experience of reaching out to someone and never hearing back from that person. Whether it was a phone call, email, or even LinkedIn message; it can be incredibly disheartening not to hear back. From the start, Hoya Gateway has stood out to Georgetown students because of the dedication of the alumni on the system. A student using the Hoya Gateway platform is 40% more likely to hear back from an alumnus/a than if that student reached out through LinkedIn’s InMail.
Now that we’ve added the capability for alumni to reach out to each other, we will continue to strive to make sure that responsiveness and engagement are the hallmarks of the program. From new Privacy and Availability features to text message notifications so you never miss a message; the platform is set up to build a robust community of Hoyas helping Hoyas!
When we originally built the Hoya Gateway platform, we asked students about what would be most helpful in a platform. One of the top things we heard was that students were having a hard time combing through databases and directories to find someone who was of interest to them. To help them find someone who matches their interests, we created a “Recommended For You” section on the Hoya Gateway platform. By taking a short quiz, students can be presented with three alumni volunteers that would be ideal professionals to network with. Of course, the student can also choose to browse all our volunteers whenever they like.
As we have launched alumni networking, we have also incorporated this “Recommended For You” section into the functionality. Whether you are looking for a career change, thinking about going back to school, or simply interested in connecting with other Hoyas; we hope you find this feature useful!
Want to Join?
With Hoya Gateway’s expansion, we hope to provide even more value to the Georgetown community while maintaining the core of what makes the program so successful. Interested in learning more and joining our community? Visit https://hoyagateway.georgetown.edu/ to get started. Creating a profile takes 5 minutes! Once on the page, be sure to check out the “Resources” section for walk through videos on everything from setting your Privacy to completing an updated profile.
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!