The #1 alumni engagement and mentoring platform

Build a stronger and more successful community. Firsthand makes it easier than ever to connect applicants, students, and recent graduates with alumni and professionals from the working world.

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Every school needs to have a platform like this.

- Ashley Neff, Asc. Director of Alumni Relations at Davidson College

Great product, great service, great user experience!

- Hannah Dryden, Technology & Data Manager at Saïd Business School

Simple and easy to implement

- Anne-Marie Middel, Asc. Director of Alumni Advancement at McMaster University

Love the data and analytics!

- Shayna Kent, Director of Alumni Engagement at UC Santa Cruz

Super responsive, super helpful, and wonderful to work with

- Katie DeBeer, Asc. Director for Professional and Volunteer Services

A completely invaluable tool!

- Nick MacManus, MS student at Imperial College Business School

Makes it easy to immediately begin networking

- Justin Wenger, Director of Member Engagement at Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.

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Connecting the right people at the right time

Over phone, video, chat, or in person

  • Our matching algorithm and robust search engine bring the right people together
  • Intelligent scheduling and synchronized calendars make it easy to find a time
  • Digital meeting rooms let people connect over phone or video, share files and chat

  • Empowering mentors

    Mentors decide when they’re available, which topics to help with, and how often

  • Empowering mentees

    On demand help from alumni, parents, staff, and Firsthand’s 7,000+ Global Advisors

  • Empowering institutions

    Easy to manage and intelligently automated to help admins make a big impact

Empowering mentees

Train students and young alumni to network and give back

Take cold-calling out of the equation

  • No fear to rejection with pre-volunteered mentors
  • Credible advice and structured feedback from alumni
  • Unlimited flash mentoring and long-term mentoring too

6 out of 10 students mentees intend to become mentors when they graduate

Empowering mentors

Bring more alumni into the fold

Give busy alumni a flexible volunteering opportunity

  • Let alumni mentor from anywhere
  • On their own schedule
  • With clearly defined roles and expertise
Nearly half of our alumni mentors had never engaged with us before.

Associate Director Alumni Relations at
University of Delaware

Empowering institutions

Professionally manage and grow your mentoring programs

An intuitive, scalable, and powerful command center

  • Automated matching and reminders save you time and effort
  • Smart tasks and best practice resources keep you on track
  • Affinity groups let you manage multiple mentoring programs at once
  • Custom consultation types let you define how users interact
Mentoring is a loaded term. We wanted a platform that was really well-defined

Senior Director Alumni Engagement at
UC Sants Cruz


A proven solution to unlocking engagement and career opportunities

We aim to connect as many of your alumni, students, and members as possible for conversations that create professional opportunities. We hold ourselves accountable to that goal and are proud of our results.

  • 18%
    are 18% more likely to graduate with full time job
  • 22%
    receive 22% higher staring salaries then their peers
  • has a 4.9 of 5 rating from 10K+ student and alumni reviews
  • 15%
    are 15% more likely to donate to their alma mater
  • 40%
    are 40% more likely to volunteer

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Our team

We're a team of generous, proactive problem solvers who believe that your trust is earned, not given.

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Our mission

We believe that ability is equality distributed, but that opportunity is not. Our mission is to democratize careers.

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Our research

Don't just take it from us. We've compiled the leading research on why mentoring matters.

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