Brandon University launches ‘BU Café’ for virtual networking

June 25, 2020

The BU Café automatically makes matches based on career interests and academic background, suggesting topics for a productive monthly conversation.

Brandon University is inviting alumni, industry partners, and friends of the university community to join a new virtual networking site for career-related conversation and mentoring.

The BU Café is a safe and supportive environment to build your network and develop mentoring relationships.

Run through BU’s alumni office, the new ‘BU Café’ is a safe and supportive environment to build community when people can’t come to campus and is the newest way to foster affinity with Brandon University.

“Especially these days, we are all relying on technology to stay connected. This can make it difficult to meet new people or to have meaningful conversations,” said Carla Eisler, BU’s Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. “We know we have to work harder to build the new relationships that BU’s small size and great community normally provide our students and alumni.”

After signing up for BU Café, participants answer a short series of questions about where they are in their career, the types of networking and mentorship that they are looking for or can offer, and their connections to BU. This information is used to match people together and provide them with a discussion prompt. A new match is made each month for students and youth to ask questions, practice their soft skills and expand their network.

“We know that relationships and soft skills help build career success and it is important for us to provide our students with the tools to improve those skills and enhance their network,” said Cora Dupuis, BU’s Co-operative Program Coordinator. “Through the BU Café, you can help our students while also helping yourself stay connected. It just takes an hour a month for a coffee, a phone call or a virtual meeting.”

The BU Café is powered by Ten Thousand Coffees and is supported by RBC’s Future Launch initiative for youth.

Join the BU Café at BrandonU.ca/Alumni/BU-Cafe.

For more information, please contact:

Carla Eisler
Director, Advancement & Alumni Affairs
204.727.9697
EislerC@BrandonU.CA

Grant Hamilton
Director, Marketing and Communications
204.571.8542
HamiltonG@BrandonU.ca

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