Careers Service

Newcastle Alumni

Newcastle Alumni on LinkedIn

With LinkedIn, you can connect with more than 12,000 Newcastle University alumni. You can also research the career paths of more than 83,000 of our former students.

You can find out what they did after graduation and how they got there, and reach out to them for advice and inspiration.

How to connect with alumni

Find out how to connect with alumni on LinkedIn in four simple steps:

Step 1: Create a profile on LinkedIn

Go to www.linkedin.com to sign up. You can find advice and tips on creating and developing your profile on our LinkedIn page. This includes a link to LinkedIn’s student resource portal, with videos and presentations to help you get started.

You can get feedback on your LinkedIn profile in the Careers Service. Visit us for a 15-minute review.

Step 2: Join the Alumni Association’s LinkedIn group

Joining groups helps you find people and connect more easily. The Alumni Association’s group is a great way to get started. You can read, start and join discussions, view profiles and even message group members without being connected to them directly.

Step 3: Join the Student Alumni Network

Once you’re in the main alumni group, you can join the Student Alumni Network. Our alumni have joined this specifically to share their insights and experiences with you.

They can answer your questions, show you what they did after they graduated and point you in the right direction. You can post questions or start a discussion.

Make the most of this opportunity to find out more about jobs and career areas from graduates working in a wide range of sectors.

Step 4: Use the LinkedIn Find Alumni tool

Want to find out what graduates have done with a similar degree? Interested in a particular company or sector? Want to work in a specific location?

The Find Alumni tool lets you view details of more than 80,000 Newcastle alumni worldwide. You can see where they’re located, which companies they work for, what they do, what they studied and what they’re skilled at.

Advice on contacting alumni 

Before you contact anyone on LinkedIn, think carefully about what you want to know and how best to make use of a graduate's valuable time.

Do some background research on their role and organisation and tell them what you already know, to help them tailor their advice to your needs.

If you’re asking to connect with them, remember to personalise your request. Don’t just send the default message.

Explain who you are and why you’re contacting them. If they accept your connection request, send a follow-up message thanking them. Going into more detail about what you’d like to know.

Top tips

Our alumni are busy and may not be able to respond immediately. If you don’t receive a reply, review your message to make sure it was appropriate. You could then send a polite follow-up email after a week or so to check that they received your original message.

When you receive a reply, please acknowledge and thank the graduates for taking the time to respond. Keep in touch with them and update them with your progress. You never know when they may hear of a relevant opportunity they could recommend you for.

It can be useful to talk to others in the field and the graduate may be able to suggest other people who can help you. Get specific names and titles and ask if you can use the graduate’s name when setting up any future contact.

Example message to a graduate

Hi…

I found your profile in the Newcastle University Alumni Association group. I’m studying marketing at Newcastle and am really interested in a career in digital marketing.

I saw that you’ve had a variety of digital marketing roles and I’m keen to get your advice. Would you be willing to answer a few questions about your experience?

Many thanks

Your name

Questions to ask

You should try to get advice about a role or industry to help you in your career planning and job search. Don’t ask directly for a job or work experience.

Try to avoid asking general questions you could easily find the answer to from the company website. Use this opportunity to ask specific questions - perhaps two or three initially.

More help

If you need more help using social media for your career, come in and talk to an information adviser. No appointment is necessary.

Attend our careers workshops on using social media. For dates and times, see Events.