ASK FAQs

Below are the most common questions we hear from alumni about the ASK Network. Have another question? Please let us know!

What is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network? 
How do I join the ASK Network group on LinkedIn?   
I'm not on social media, how can I help? 
What do ASK volunteers do
Is ASK a job placement service?
Will I be solicited when I join ASK?
Why is the ASK Network transitioning to LinkedIn?
What is the timeline for rolling out ASK on LinkedIn to students?

What happens to my old ASK information? 
How do I update my contact information with the university?

Are there policies guiding participation in the group?
How can I report inappropriate postings?
I’m an ASK volunteer and students never contact me; why not?
Should recent grads join ASK?
What is ASK Night? When is it?
Beyond joining ASK, how can I support students' career development?

What is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network?
The ASK Network is a community of Puget Sound graduates who have volunteered to share information with students and alumni about career paths, postgraduate studies, and transitioning to life after Puget Sound. Effective March 2015, the ASK Network is transitioning to LinkedIn under the official heading of "University of Puget Sound ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge), a subgroup of University of Puget Sound Alumni Association." 

How do I join the ASK Network group on LinkedIn?
The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network is a subgroup of the University of Puget Sound Alumni Association group on LinkedIn. In order to join the ASK group, alumni will first need to join the Alumni Association group. Once alumni are members of that group, they can simply navigate to the ASK Network group and select “Join” or "+" (on mobile/tablet) to be instantly added to the ASK community.

Already a member of the University of Puget Sound Alumni Association group on LinkedIn? Visit the University of Puget Sound ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) group and click “Join” or “+” (on mobile/tablet) for instant access.

On LinkedIn but not yet a member of the University of Puget Sound Alumni Association group? It’s easy. Visit the group page and click “Join” or “+” (on mobile/tablet) to become a member; there may be as much as a 3-business day wait for membership approval. Once membership is granted, navigate to the University of Puget Sound ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) group and click “Join” or “+” for instant access.

New to LinkedIn? LinkedIn offers a robust Help Center which provides brief answers to commonly asked questions. You may also be interested in LinkedIn webinars on topics including Creating an Online Presence on LinkedIn and Engaging with your LinkedIn Network.

What do ASK volunteers do?
ASK volunteers provide information about their career and graduate school experience through their LinkedIn profile. The most common way that students interact with ASK volunteers is through passive surfing—viewing alumni profiles to gather information about potential career paths. Simply by being a part of the group, you are serving as an important career development resource for students!

Beyond keeping your profile up to date, you can choose how you participate. You're welcome to post to the forum...you can share relevant news articles and advice about your field, start and join discussions, and provide information about pathways into careers.

Regarding inquiries, your level of interaction is negotiable between you and the requestor. Queries may include:

  • Logger students and recent grads seeking information and advice about your career, employer, graduate school, geographic location, or transitioning to life after Puget Sound.  
  • Campus faculty or staff members seeking your insight as they advise students about career and graduate school options, or inviting you to participate in career-related events.
  • Loggers sending you invitations to join their LinkedIn network.

Please visit the expectations page for additional information.

Interested in ways to become more involved with students' career development? Check out the ASK Toolkit.

Is ASK a job placement service?
No. The ASK Network is not designed to be a job/internship-searching system. ASK is intended to allow students and alumni to research and share information about career paths. For more information, please see the System Usage section of the ASK Terms of Use Policies.

Will I be solicited when I join ASK?
Information in the ASK Network is designed to be used by individual students and alumni for personal career research and for university-related purposes* only. Other usage is strictly prohibited. For more information, please see the Privacy, Solicitation, and Termination sections of the ASK Privacy and Terms of Use Policies. *The aforementioned "university-related purposes" do not include fund-raising.

Why is the ASK Network transitioning to LinkedIn?
We are making this change for two reasons; 1) the platform that hosted the Logger[net] online alumni community—where the ASK Network was housed—is being retired by the vendor, and 2) many alumni urged us to consider LinkedIn. After weighing multiple options, LinkedIn was identified as the resource with the greatest potential for facilitating student-alumni and alumni-alumni career connections. Here are some of the benefits of this approach:

  • With more than 16,000 Loggers active on LinkedIn, we hope to build an even more robust group of alumni willing to share their expertise with current students.
  • LinkedIn provides alumni a way to educate by example and showcase a professional profile and online presence to students, even if students don’t reach out to connect.
  • Today’s students engage with social media as a matter of regular routine; by situating the ASK Network on LinkedIn, we hope to facilitate career development by meeting students where they are.

Though LinkedIn is a public forum, the ASK Network is a closed group, and a sub-group of the Puget Sound Alumni Association (also a closed group, where members are vetted as Puget Sound alumni before being granted membership) to help ensure privacy.

What is the timeline for roll out of the ASK Network on LinkedIn to students?
Tentatively, roll out for students is slated for fall 2015, pending the number of alumni in the group. We will not promote to students until at least 1000 alumni have joined.

I belonged to ASK when it was associated with Logger[net]. What happens to my information?
Information in the old ASK Network will expire and be confidentially purged from the Logger[net] system.

How do I update my contact information with the university?
To update personal or professional contact information, please send an email message to alumoffice@pugetsound.edu.

Are there policies and practices related to participation in the Puget Sound Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) LinkedIn group? How can I report inappropriate postings?
Yes. In order for the ASK group environment to remain effective, please keep the conversation polite, positive, and pertinent. Members may use the forum only for the purpose as described. Use of the group for commercial, political, solicitation or other unrelated activities is prohibited. Visit the ASK Terms of Use Policy page for details.

If you notice information in violation of these practices, please send an email message with a link to the content to ces@pugetsound.edu.

I’m an ASK volunteer and students never contact me; why not?
Students most commonly engage with the ASK Network through passive surfing of alumni profiles. Viewing profile of professionals in a particular career field provides a wealth of information about the various pathways into the field and types of organizations and roles to target along the way. Even if students don’t reach out to you, simply by being a part of the group you are already serving as an important career development resource for students!

I’m a relatively recent grad; what do I have to offer by joining the ASK Network?
Recent graduates are in a unique position—you may use the ASK Network as both mentor and mentee. Whether you are engaged in a job search or the graduate school admission process or fully employed, you are in a position to provide advice to Puget Sound students. In fact, recent graduates are most commonly contacted by students because your recent collegiate experience is most akin to theirs.

What is ASK Night? When is it?
ASK Night is an annual event, held the Thursday before Homecoming that connects students with alumni for conversation about career journeys. Visit the ASK Night website for more details and registration information.

Beyond joining the ASK Network, how can I support students' career development?
Alumni are students’ most valuable resource when it comes to envisioning a career beyond the Puget Sound campus. Students look to alumni for encouragement, inspiration, ideas and advice. Whether you join the ASK Network or not, consider attending ASK Night during Homecoming, and check out the ASK Toolkit for actions you can take to support students' career development.