Networking can sometimes seem like a very abstract concept. Networking is simply a way of examining who you know, who you would like to know, and making those connections happen. Below are a few of the many ways you can grow your network:
- Reach out to your friends’ parents who are in a field you are interested in
- Network through your professors, staff, family members, and peers
- Meet with the employers and professionals Career Services brings to campus for events
- Participate in internships and volunteer work to meet new people
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn offer other avenues for networking and are helpful to stay in contact with those you currently know and to establish new connections. Be sure to check out LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool, helping you to locate alumni that live or work in an area you are interested in. LinkedIn also features job search capabilities.
While we are on the topic of social media, it is incredibly important to know how to harness the benefits that come with social media while also minimizing any negative consequences. That starts with ensuring you clean up any digital dirt
and utilize effective social media strategies.