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During the Carlson MBA program, there are numerous networking forums in which students can connect with others, one of those being group work in various classes. Upon graduation, many students wish to pursue new employment opportunities and career paths. The importance of continued networking is evident. According to Dan Schwabel, the author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success, many studies have noted that 80% of jobs are taken through networking. So how does an MBA alumnus continue networking after graduation? Below are a few Twin Cities professional groups that can provide this opportunity:

1. Carlson School of Management Graduate Alumni Networking Council

The Graduate Alumni Networking Council (ANC) focuses its work on creating opportunities for graduate alumni to network with one another and remain connected to the Carlson School. The work and activities of ANC include:
- First Friday (MBA and graduate program alumni networking event held the first
Friday of each month in various locations around the Twin Cities)
- Corporate Clubs
- Social Events (including sporting and arts related events)

2. Young Professionals of the Twin Cities

Young Professionals of Twin Cities was established in 2007 to provide a place where young professionals can connect with other young professionals. There are over 3447 people in the YPOTC distribution list and generally 100 - 150 people attend each event. This is an opportunity to meet other young professionals who are interested in meeting new people and furthering their careers. Young Professionals of Twin Cities meets the second Tuesday of every month at a local hot spot.

3. Twin Cities Rotaract (or Rotary Clubs):

Twin Cities Rotaract (TCR) is dedicated to making the Twin Cities community a better place. The club represents the best of the Twin Cities young professionals looking for opportunities in professional development, international travel and community service. Every month TCR offers guest speakers from local businesses and organizations who share their experiences, trials and tribulations that led to their successful careers. Speakers help members and guests better understand how to position themselves for advancement. TCR meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Chatterbox Pub in Highland Park, St. Paul. Happy Hour 6:30 PM and Meeting 7:00 PM.

4. Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (YPro)

YPro connects young leaders throughout the Twin Cities to Minnesota's largest business network through engaging events. YPro participants are decision-makers, influencers and business owners with a drive to build networks, develop professionally and expand their leadership opportunities. Events are held monthly and provide the opportunity to build relationships, develop personally and professionally, and become politically and philanthropically active locally.

Happy Networking!

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