"I’m reaching the finish line at CSUN and was hoping that someone in the marketing industry can help me get prepared for the new world I will enter after graduation."
"I’m interested in hearing how you rose through the aerospace industry — where you started, mistakes you’ve made and success you’ve had?"
"I just earned my degree in Social Work but have little work experience in the field. I would like to talk to an alum who can both share their professional journey and advise me on potential career paths."
"I’m a little nervous about what will happen after I graduate? How should I put myself in the best position to get a job out of college?"
"There’s that saying that goes it’s not just what you know, but who you know. How would you suggest that I meet more Matadors in the industry I want to get into?"
How it Works for Students
You ask for help.
Check out our tips on how to ask a question.
We recruit the best alumni.
CSUN finds and asks the best alumni experts to help you.
You get a response.
Alumni will share advice with you via email, a phone call or a meeting - usually within a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of questions can I ask?
Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development. There are thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of CSUN that can help with class projects, building and growing a startup or figuring out career options.
What’s a good question?
Think of your question as an advertisement. Share who you are, what you are doing, and what you need help with. Keep it short and sweet. Read more about how to craft a great question.
Who will see my question?
We send your request to the best CSUN experts in your area of interest.
Can I request someone specific to answer my question?
No. We make our matches based on availability, proximity, experience and skills.
Can I ask follow-up questions?
Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions.
Will I know who answered the question?
Yes, your match will let you know their name and contact information.
How long will it take to get an answer?
Our goal is to get you answers within 3 business days. But it depends on what you’re asking. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days.
How many answers will I get?
The number of answers depends on how many experts we have available with relevant experience. It may be one, three, five or more.
Can I ask questions anonymously?
No. In our experience you are much more likely to receive a response if you identify yourself.
Will my questions and answers be confidential?
Your question will never be made public. It will be seen only by your match (or matches) and a handful of staff responsible for monitoring Ask a Matador.
Is there a limit to how many questions I can ask in any given week or month?
No. You can ask as many questions as you would like.