The idea of networking can cause
a lot of anxiety in some students because it requires them to step outside of their
comfort zone. That being said, most
jobs are found through networking, so if you are serious
about finding work, you have no choice but to confront
For students, networking can be utilized in various ways
when it comes to searching for a job or new career:
- Explore your options.
- Get insights into the field that interests
- Gather information about different organizations, associations
- Ask for career advice.
- Get job leads.
- What is your ‘hire’ ability?
Let someone with experience tell you.
Define Yourself and
Your immediate network includes
your family, friends,
advisors, college staff
and internship contacts.
Start networking with them.
They are part of your "comfort zone".
Make sure that these people
know what your career and
educational goals are. If possible,
try to leverage their network.
Beyond the Campus
Opportunities or leads can come to
you from the most unexpected sources, so be ready.
You may receive a lead while at the
gym, attending church or just chatting with a neighbour.
For instance, you may learn about an
internship opportunity through your little
brother’s baseball coach. Talk to as many people as you
can about your career objectives, ideas, goals and
progress. Ask them for
their input. You might be in
for a surprise.
Professional associations are good for networking as
well. They sometimes provide
mentoring programs and job postings
for registered members. Find out from your professors
or connections which
associations you should join.
One source that is often
disregarded is the alumni network at colleges or
universities. Leverage that network. You already have a
connection: you studied at the same school.
Keeping Track and
As you network,
make sure to keep track of
your networking contacts; their names, titles, phone
numbers, emails, and other relevant
information. You worked hard
to get in touch, so don't get out of touch by