Alumni can use Badger Bridge to build connections with others
Badger Bridge is a new way to connect with current and future alumni. Whether you’re anxious to find a former classmate or are looking for some career advice, the new site from the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) can help you bridge a gap.
One of the ideas behind Badger Bridge is that people who use the networking site will already have one thing in common — they attended UW–Madison.
“That might make it easier to reach out for a connection,” says David Nelson, director of alumni at WAA.
One of the goals of the free service is that alumni will sign up and offer to assist current students looking to find an internship, conduct informational interviews or ask about current openings in a professional field. In fact, when you sign up, the service will ask if you’re willing to help other Badgers and in what ways. Help might involve answering questions about education and employment, linking students with internships or reviewing resumes.
Many alumni have expertise about an industry or profession, and are eager to share that information, says Nelson.
“Badger Bridge allows alumni to post their degree and professional information so students as well as other alumni may reach out for resources,” he adds.
When a person sets up a Badger Bridge profile, if a LinkedIn profile exists, Badger Bridge will pull that information in, making signing up easy.
“We want to help Badgers help Badgers,” Nelson says. “The network exists and is only open to people from UW–Madison. You can use it as often or as rarely as you choose.”
To learn more or to sign up, visit badgerbridge.com