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Why join another online network? We built Firsthand to do one thing other networks weren’t doing: making mentoring accessible and easy for everyone.

Including features such as

  • Mentor Matching
  • Full LinkedIn API
  • Smart Scheduling
  • Affinity Groups
  • Video Conferencing
  • Multiple Admins
  • Webinars
  • Single Sign On
  • Events
  • CRM Sync

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Smart Tasks

Manage your community with confidence using Smart Tasks®

Powered by machine learning, Smart Tasks keep everyone on track. Admins get the tools and prompts they need, when they need them, to expertly manage their platforms. Users get automated personal reminders so that their data and engagement stays fresh.

Global Advisors

Add 7,000+ mentors to the mix with Firsthand's Global Advisors®

Give your users a world of networking and mentoring opportunites through our network of vetted on-demand professionals.

Seattle, WA

296 advisors available

Top advisor

Imran

Technical Interviewer and Resume Reviewer

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Computer Software

67

Higher Education

61

Internet

59
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Microsoft

65

Amazon.com

39

Amazon

23

Chicago, IL

469 advisors available

Top advisor

Ben Schumacher

Admissions and Consulting Strategist

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

88

Management Consulting

81

Financial Services

66
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

27

PwC

15

McKinsey & Company

13

Sydney

20 advisors available

Top advisor

Gregory Leong

Registered Nurse at NSW Health Alumni Support Associate at The University of Sydney

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Health & Medicine

7

Hospital & Health Care

4

Environmental Services

2
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

25

KPMG

22

University of Sydney

17

Los Angeles, CA

771 advisors available

Top advisor

Rebekah Lipsky

Former Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Entertainment

146

Higher Education

127

Education Management

73
Top employers
by no. of advisors

University of California

32

Pepperdine University

29

The Walt Disney Company

23

Washington DC

1514 advisors available

Top advisor

Rebekah Lipsky

Former Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

296

Financial Services

163

Government & Non Profit

163
Top employers
by no. of advisors

U.S. Government

119

Deloitte

49

University of Maryland

43

San Francisco, CA

1204 advisors available

Top advisor

Mark Tan

Sr. Product Manager, Amazon & MBA Consulting

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Computer Software

222

Internet

209

Higher Education

204
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Google

62

Alphabet

61

Facebook

31

Toronto

1210 advisors available

Top advisor

Nick Oak

Former consultant, alumni interview coach and executive recruiter at McKinsey & Company

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

157

Financial Services

147

Banking

128
Top employers
by no. of advisors

McMaster University

97

Deloitte

55

Bank of Montreal

53

Vancouver

214 advisors available

Top advisor

Sandra Campin

Career & Branding Strategist / Resume Writer & LinkedIn Profiler

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

29

Financial Services

23

Telecommunications

22
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

14

Simon Fraser University

10

The University of British Columbia

8

Denver, CO

339 advisors available

Top advisor

Megan Wood

Ex-recruiting lead at Bain Chicago.

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

73

Education Management

36

Hospital & Health Care

34
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Metropolitan State University of Denver

23

University of Northern Colorado

11

University of Denver

8

Istanbul

130 advisors available

Top advisor

Erdem Kilic

Executive at NBK Capital Partners (Private Equity)

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Banking

21

Higher Education

21

Consumer Goods

19
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Koc University

17

Deloitte

8

PwC

7

Hong Kong

143 advisors available

Top advisor

Zuolin (Claire) Chen

Hundreds of Consultations Conducted on Evisors

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Financial Services

34

Banking

25

Higher Education

23
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Bank of America

9

Goldman Sachs

7

JPMorgan Chase

7

Singapore

144 advisors available

Top advisor

Sandy Khan

International MBA Program Manager @ Microsoft

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Financial Services

32

Management Consulting

31

Information Technology and Services

24
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

13

Google

8

Alphabet

8

Calgary

88 advisors available

Top advisor

Mayank Kukreja

Entrepreneur | Ex-McKinsey EM, Campus lead for MBA and Analyst recruitment

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Oil & Energy

35

Management Consulting

13

Financial Services

10
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

7

University of Calgary

5

Canadian Pacific Railway

4

Beijing

78 advisors available

Top advisor

Gordon Li

Technology Product Management, Market Research, NGOs

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Education Management

12

Financial Services

12

Internet

12
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

5

Google

4

Alphabet

4

Barcelona

76 advisors available

Top advisor

Igor Nishimura

Managing Partner @ MAGNET VC / Partner & Board Member @ InTaxi Media

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

14

Education Management

13

Consulting

11
Top employers
by no. of advisors

ESADE Business School

4

Google

3

McKinsey & Company

3

Dubai

96 advisors available

Top advisor

Michal Koža

Consultant @ Arthur D. Little

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

25

Consulting

14

Consumer Goods

10
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Strategy&

6

PwC

5

Booz & Company

4

Melbourne

47 advisors available

Top advisor

Rohit Shawarikar

Googler, Ex-BCG Consultant, Oxford MBA

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

11

Education Management

8

Financial Services

6
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Google

2

McKinsey & Company

2

Goldman Sachs

2

Mumbai

110 advisors available

Top advisor

Neeraj Pathak

Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

30

Information Technology and Services

22

Financial Services

17
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

9

Tata Group

7

McKinsey & Company

7

Sao Paulo

43 advisors available

Top advisor

Igor Nishimura

Managing Partner @ MAGNET VC / Partner & Board Member @ InTaxi Media

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

12

Consulting

10

Consumer Goods

7
Top employers
by no. of advisors

McKinsey & Company

4

PwC

4

Bain

4

New York, NY

2285 advisors available

Top advisor

Zuolin (Claire) Chen

Hundreds of Consultations Conducted on Evisors

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Financial Services

448

Higher Education

306

Management Consulting

216
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Goldman Sachs

67

JPMorgan Chase

65

Bank of America

63

Oslo

29 advisors available

Top advisor

Fredrik Maro

Former McKinsey consultant turned EdTech and SaaS entrepreneur

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

17

Venture Capital & Private Equity

7

Financial Services

5
Top employers
by no. of advisors

McKinsey & Company

5

Altor Equity Partners

3

Arkwright

3

Buenos Aires

19 advisors available

Top advisor

Rachel Levak

Consultant at Deloitte

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

8

Higher Education

6

Oil & Energy

5
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Bank of America

2

LinkedIn

2

U.S. Government

2

Houston, TX

272 advisors available

Top advisor

Zuolin (Claire) Chen

Hundreds of Consultations Conducted on Evisors

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Oil & Energy

89

Higher Education

36

Management Consulting

24
Top employers
by no. of advisors

ExxonMobil

8

University of Houston

8

Texas A&M University

8

Johannesburg

22 advisors available

Top advisor

Nikola Sutherland

Finance: private equity, investment banking (London)

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

7

Banking

5

Consumer Goods

3
Top employers
by no. of advisors

The Boston Consulting Group

2

McKinsey & Company

2

Boston Consulting Group

2

Cairo

25 advisors available

Top advisor

Mohannad H. Gomaa

Strategy Operations Professional @ M.G. Operations & Strategy Partners LLC

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Education Management

6

Higher Education

5

Management Consulting

4
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Siemens

2

Cairo American College

2

The American University In Cairo

2

Moscow

33 advisors available

Top advisor

Olga Citlak-Shkred

Global Portfolio Advisor @ Shell

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

7

Consulting

7

Banking

6
Top employers
by no. of advisors

McKinsey & Company

3

Self Employed

2

Wrigley

2

Tokyo

52 advisors available

Top advisor

Michal Koža

Consultant @ Arthur D. Little

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Management Consulting

14

Higher Education

10

Consulting

9
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

6

Goldman Sachs

3

Accenture

2

London

511 advisors available

Top advisor

Riccardo TB

Consultant (Bain & Co), Senior Recruiter & Interview Coach

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Financial Services

128

Management Consulting

121

Banking

75
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Deloitte

31

McKinsey & Company

29

Google

23

Miami, FL

116 advisors available

Top advisor

Paul Luning

Case Team Leader at Bain & Company, undergrad and MBA recruiting lead

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Higher Education

24

Education Management

16

Financial Services

14
Top employers
by no. of advisors

U.S. Armed Forces

3

Goldman Sachs

3

Self-Employed

3

Seoul

37 advisors available

Top advisor

Anthony Paladinetti, CFA

Engagement Manager - Global Strategy Group @ Samsung

Top industries
by no. of advisors

Consumer Electronics

6

Military

5

Education Management

4
Top employers
by no. of advisors

Samsung Electronics

3

U.S. Government

3

Deloitte

2
  • Career Offices can provide a career mentoring and networking platform without relying on their alumni association for mentors.
  • Alumni Associations can supplement their alumni advisor pool to cover more industries, employers, and locations.
  • Global Advisors come from participating networks and cover 5,000+ employers and 180 countries.

Affinity Groups

Bring all your mentoring initiatives under one roof with Affinity Groups®

Harness the power of your institution's groups to bring more people together. Create unlimited custom groups. Give members exclusive access and even appoint group managers.

  • Associations
  • Atheltics
  • Chapters
  • Clubs
  • Courses
  • Greek
  • Residences
  • Schools
  • Custom

Data

Collect valuable and actionable real-time data

If it moves, we measure it.

  • See interactions as they happen
  • Download customizable reports
  • Easily collect user testimonials
  • Identify future promoters, volunteers, and donors
  • Follow up with constituents easily
  • Sync with your CRM
We're seeing increases in donor acquisition and retention.

ZACHARY CORBIN
Associate Director Alumni Relations at
University of Delaware

Consultation Types

Define exactly how you want your community to connect

Enable up to 40 different consultation types - or create your own

  • Career Advice: Boost career outcomes
  • Academic Advice: Promote student success
  • Admissions Advice: Support continuing education
  • Startup & Business Advice: Help ventures thrive
  • Opportunities: Enable job shadowing, volunteering, and more.

Integrations

Powerful integrations

Firsthand integrates and synchronizes fully with LinkedIn, as well as the leading CRM, single sign on, and calendaring apps. Admins get seamless data connections. Users get a sign in and registration experience that couldn’t be simpler.

Customer success

We have your back every step of the way

Scale up fast with world class training and marketing support. Rest assured with 24/7 customer service.

  • Onboarding support to ensure your platform launches quickly and successfully
  • Initial and on-going admin training
  • Marketing support to help you promote your platform
  • 24/7 end-user customer support over phone, email and chat

Security

Safe, secure, reliable

The world’s leading institutions trust us to meet their security, compliance, and reliability needs.

  • Control Data Access

    Easily manage access inside and outside your institution.

  • FERPA & PRIVACY SHIELD COMPLIANT

    Ensure your data is safe, protected, and compliant.

  • RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

    Hosted on Rackspace and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for 99.99% SLAs.

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