Using Wisr on Campus
Faculty and staff can be your biggest supporters and drivers of student activity within in the network. We’ve found that schools that are able to get the network in front of students through course curriculums or networking workshops see more student activity. By leveraging the classroom setting and using faculty as your champions, you can help students overcome “the first call problem”. If a staff or faculty member walks students through using the network for the first time and coaches them on how to begin a chat conversation or what to say when requesting a call, they are more likely to repeat it successfully again on their own.
Wisr in the Classroom
Getting Wisr into the classroom is a great way to encourage students to sign up and demonstrate the value of networking. Professors can use your Wisr network to facilitate assignments with informational interviews, create communities for courses and programs, or use to stay in contact with past students for networking, hiring teaching assistants, and inviting class alumni to speak on panels.
- Have students find someone in the network with a career the student might like to pursue and set up a phone call with them
- Have students conduct a professional and well-prepared interview focused on the alum’s career path, experience, successes, and failures
- After the call, have students write an essay or journal entry on the conversation and how they are using it to reflect on their own ideal career path and future
- You could even have students conduct multiple interviews with the same mentor and have them note any changes in their career expectations in their essays.
- Have students find someone in the network who is researching something they are interested in studying or is in their field of interest and set up a phone call with them
- Have students conduct a phone call focused on the alum’s research project
- After the call, have students write an essay on the key takeaways, challenges the alum is facing, and the areas they would be interested in expanding on
- Have students conduct a similar, smaller-scale research project based on the insights they gained from their call
Wisr in Career Coaching
Wisr is a powerful tool your career coaches can use to better support and advise students. The most common use of Wisr in Career Coaching is showing students Wisr in a career advising meeting and walking them through making their first connection, but it’s also a great tool for teaching networking skills. Career Centers can feature Wisr in a ‘Networking 101’ course where you cover interviewing, resume building, networking and job application skills and demonstrate how Wisr is a place where students can practice these skills in a supportive and unintimidating environment. Career Coaches can also use your Wisr network as a pre-advising tool to help students focus their career search and come prepared with questions before their advising meeting.
Wisr in Major Advising
Similarly to Career Coaching, Wisr can be useful for faculty, department or major advisors to better support students career decisions. Ahead of a student choosing a major or degree, advisors can recommend students talk to alumni and upperclassman students in that major or with the degree to understand more about the opportunities after graduation available to those with that degree. Wisr can complement the already existing major and career exploration your school recommends/requires ahead of students declaring a major and provides students an additional resource they can use to ask questions they may not ask an advisor and discover the wide variety of possible career paths available to them after graduation. Plus, this is a great way to get first and second-year students into Wisr and comfortable reaching out to alumni for advice and questions before they need a job!
Wisr in Student Organizations
Communities in Wisr can be a place to centralize communications within a student organization. Organizations can share minutes, marketing materials and other resources with its members, post about events and share it with alumni of the organization, and have discussions about relevant topics. Your Wisr network can also be a tool for groups on campus to market their events and organization to new students by inviting members with similar interests in their profiles and building a network with alumni with mutual interests.