Get career advice
Use Bristol Connects to find a Career Expert who will offer you advice and guidance to help you in your career.
Get career advice
Connect with alumni to gain insight into different careers and enhance your prospects with practical help and advice.
You can connect anywhere, anytime with multiple professionals from around the world to expand your knowledge and plan your next steps.
Our Career Experts volunteer their time and expertise to help you realise your goals. Career Experts can offer an objective view, put a situation in perspective, offer feedback, serve as a sounding board, and identify others who could potentially help.
Using Career Experts
You can access Career Experts through Bristol Connects. The Bristol Connects platform guides you through the process and is full of helpful advice to ensure you can make the most out of the network available to you.
Complete your profile
Experts have limited time and may need to choose between several different contacts. Give yourself the best chance of selection by having a complete profile, so they can make an informed decision on who they can best help. Include your interests, aspirations and what you have studied. A picture often helps, so upload a profile picture too.
Take the initiative. Ask your expert a question. Tell them a bit about your educational and professional objectives. Ask them about their own experiences. They will have already made clear what services they offer, so don't be afraid to ask them for that service. However, don't ask for a service that they haven't put.
Identify your needs and discuss them as clearly as possible. It may be useful to spend some time on focusing and organising your thoughts before starting a conversation. This will help both you and your expert.
Honour your commitment and act on suggestions
Your expert probably has limited time and they have volunteered to take on the responsibility of advising others. Be appreciative of this and of their time. Respond in a timely manner to their questions and messages. If you don't have time to send a lengthy response, let them know that you will reply soon. When you act on their suggestions, do so in a timely manner and report back.
Be willing to learn new things, obtain another perspective and be responsive to suggestions and constructive criticism.
Expect support, not miracles
You can expect a certain level of support and advice from an expert, but they can't solve your problems for you. They can offer an objective view, act as a sounding board, identify others who might be able to help, suggest activities for you to do, or offer advice based on personal experience.
Ultimately your own development is up to you. It's up to you to identify objectives, keep the relationship moving forwards and to act on advice.
Remember to say thank you
Once you have achieved everything you wish to achieve, or once you feel that the relationship has come to its natural end, take the time to say thank you to your expert. Then close the connection via Bristol Connects, so your expert becomes available for someone else.