Career Advisors Network (CAN) Program

80% of jobs are found through personal relationships. Build quality professional connections by using a career research technique, such as informational interviewing, to increase your career knowledge and expand your network.

The CAN program is designed to ease the transition from college to career by connecting students and recent alumni with CAN Mentors - experienced professionals representing various career fields. The goal of this program is to increase your career knowledge by conducting an informational interview with a CAN Mentor.

Participants must attend an orientation to be given access to the CAN program database.

What is a CAN Mentor?

A CAN Mentor is a professional who volunteers his or her time to network with Stony Brook students and recent alumni to provide advice and career insight. Connecting with a CAN Mentor gives you the chance to ask questions about a major, field or career path, and learn from other people’s experiences. Connecting with a CAN Mentor is about making contacts and sharing information - not about asking for a job/internship.

Informational Interviews

An informational interview is a brief meeting, with someone currently working in your field of interest, that offers you an insider’s perspective. The purpose of an informational interview is not to get a job. It’s to better understand a particular position or industry and make potential connections in the field.

If you request an informational interview with a CAN Mentor, he/she will expect something more structured and focused than an informal chat. Treat the informational interview as a business meeting. Prior to the interview, research the company or career and develop a short list of questions that you would like to have answered. For a sample list of questions, visit About Careers.

CAN Mentor Search Help

Students and alumni have full access to the SB Handshake Mentor Directory. We encourage you to browse CAN Mentor profiles and self-select CAN Mentors in your career area. If you're not able to find someone based on the search criteria available, feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to help you with the search. Email us at

Hear what CAN Mentors and mentees said about their experiences being matched in the Career Advisors Network (CAN) program: