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Kristin Trehearne Lane
Loyola University Chicago’s Career Development Center Launches New Platform for Career Networking
Alumnus Gift Provides Platform for Student and Alumni Use
CHICAGO, May 1, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago’s Career Development Center has announced the launch of “LUConnect,” a free web-based career networking platform for students. LUConnect is hosted by PivotPlanet, a technology platform created by Loyola alumnus Brian Kurth, who recently gifted the technology to the University.
Now in a pilot phase, LUConnect allows students to connect with “Alumni Champions,” alumni volunteers who have agreed to discuss career experience and development with fellow Loyolans. Users can search for a Champion by keywords, titles, and locations and request a phone, video conference, or in-person session. Champions have an array of expertise and backgrounds, including business, environmental science, and law.
The platform allows users to tailor and define their interactions with Champions contingent on users’ needs: straightforward networking, informational interviewing, or mentorsourcing.
“Networking is an effective way to discover career opportunities, but many people don’t know where to start,” said Kathryn Jackson, director of the Career Development Center. “LUConnect allows students to explore current or new career opportunities and vocations knowing they have something in common with all of the Champions—the Loyola experience.”
The platform is expected to be open to all students by the end of 2015 and alumni by spring 2017. To learn more, visit LUC.edu/career/luconnect.
About PivotPlanet, Inc.
Pivot Planet, Inc. is comprised of a consumer expertise-sharing product, PivotPlanet, and an enterprise product, Pivot Enterprise. For large and medium-sized educational institutions struggling to share knowledge and foster engagement among its alumni and students, Pivot offers a private-labeled, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that easily and efficiently connects internal knowledge seekers with internal subject-matter experts. Pivot’s feature-rich platform is easily scaled to match the size and needs of a college or university and includes scheduling, advisor reviews and ratings, usage metrics and API capabilities. To help a school achieve its alumni and student retention, new-member onboarding and overall engagement goals, Pivot searches are limited to a micro-network of prequalified subject-matter-expert alumni. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and can be found online at pivotplanet.com/enterprise.
About the Career Development Center
The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) at Loyola University Chicago is to counsel, educate and empower the Loyola student and alumni community. We help to clarify the connection between self-identity and satisfying work by providing guidance, support, resources and opportunities that help students and alumni implement their personal and professional goals. We play an active role in facilitating contact and relations among students, alumni and employers, as well as providing students and alumni with access to job opportunities.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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