You have been offered a place in a programme of your choice. You have contacted the programme administrator to put you in touch with alumni of the course, but its been 2 weeks and so far no one has contacted you.

The deadline is looming and you have to decide whether you should pick the no.1 programme on your list or the fully funded offer lower down your list. And you have no other information other than some marketing brochures and what’s available on the school’s website.

So how do you track down alumni when all else fails? Let me introduce you to The Stalking Method using linkedin. That’s how I did it and the response rate was pretty high.

  1. Go create yourself  a linkedin account if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Then go to and type in name of programme name of school in the search box.
  3. For example, if you wanted to track down those who read an MPhil in Finance at University of Cambridge, you should type in MPhil Finance University of Cambridge.
  4. This search alone gave me over 854 results from linkedin itself. Though some of the results may not be as accurate, you should be able to come up with a handful of people who read an MPhil in Finance at Cambridge.