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Exploring your career options is an important step in your career journey. 

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Here are three ways to explore your options.

Conduct informational interviews

Informational interviews are conversations with professionals to learn about occupations, industries, and companies. Alumni are an excellent resource for informational interviews. Check out how to connect with alumni below.

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Career Fairs

Attend career fairs, employer-hosted events, and alumni programs that will help you explore your career options. Check out the Events section of Handshake to learn more about events and programs.

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Alumni are ready and willing to help you explore careers. Connect with alumni via these three platforms.

 The Career Development Center set up a number of outreach points this quarter. In a meeting room in Munger Dining Freshman Helen Xiong, right, talks with career counselor Kristin Conner who works exclusively with freshmen and sophomores. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM)

We offer the Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) platform to make it easier to reach out to alumni for career conversations. SAM is a database of over 5,000 alumni from a wide-range of identities, backgrounds, and industries – all of whom have volunteered to help you. These alumni are eager to pass on what they have learned to you and are happy to engage in career conversations no matter where you are in your career journey.

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Stanford Alumni Directory

Search the Stanford Alumni Directory hosted by the Stanford Alumni Association. Reach out to alumni via their email address to ask for an informational interview.

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LinkedIn Alumni Tool

There are over 230,000 Stanford alumni on LinkedIn. Browse the LinkedIn Alumni tool to find alumni in your field or company of interest. Connect with alumni via LinkedIn.