Go from Grad to Pro: Get Half Off Supporting Membership
“I graduated at the heart of the crash,” says Avary Kent, former co-president of Net Impact Dominican University. “‘MBA’ was a dirty word, and people were skittish.” Facing a bleak job market, Avary knew it was critical to stay connected – but her school’s alumni network wasn’t cutting it. “I didn’t see any other way to stay connected to my program, to stay involved, know who the current class was, and actively work with them as an alum, except though Net Impact.”
So when Net Impact San Francisco, the professional chapter in her region, held its annual leadership retreat, she went. At grad school, students were often “so distracted by classes it was really hard to put yourself into the chapter. The professional chapter, everybody was there because they had a gift to contribute, something to teach the world about, because they really wanted to be there. This was a community I’d be able table to build friendships out of – not just professional relationships.”
But it worked both ways. By attending events and “making myself impossible to ignore,” Avary met Paul Herman, CEO of HIP Investor and Lifetime Net Impact professional member. “Paul was deeply involved, and respected that I was the co-president of my chapter at Dominican.” After she graduated, Paul offered her a role at HIP Investor, and she’s now an equity holder and advisor.
Tapping Into a Larger Community
Like Avary, Sarah Dale Schwald felt that “graduating into this economy was terribly scary.” Not having a job lined up took some of the shine out of sunny Los Angeles for her. “I loved my time running Net Impact Drucker, and particularly the opportunities it gave me to go to national Net Impact events and really plug into the larger community of peers who shared my values. When I graduated, I wanted a way to stay tapped into that larger community, and build one here in Los Angeles as well.”
So she decided to revive the Net Impact Los Angeles professional chapter. In her job interviews, “I've found that people are most interested to hear about Net Impact Los Angeles, because it demonstrates a level of dedication, values, and the skill set required to run a project.”
While her Supporting membership gives her access to the Net Impact job board, it's also provided much more than that. It “has continued to grow my own personal network, and provide some of the community that I seek, as well as support from people who have experience and share my values.”
Get half off a Supporting membership today:
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Discount offer ends September 1, 2012.
So what else do you get?
Graduating into the full-time working world isn't always easy, even when armed with a hard-earned degree. Luckily, becoming a Net Impact Supporting member is. And with your Supporting membership, you'll get an all-access pass to the following tools and resources:
- Hundreds of job opportunities through the Net Impact Job Board
- Career Connections, our online platform where you can meet like-minded Net Impacters for support and advice
- Our weekly Issues In Depth online dialogues, featuring exciting conversations and insights from leading experts in the field
- Access to the online Member Network, including your full professional profile and Member Mail, making you accessible to the entire Net Impact network
- Annual conference discount