Networking Experience (a.k.a Relationship Building)
Talking to professionals in your field of interest is a great way to learn about potential internship sites and careers, and of introducing yourself to people you may want to work for later.
- Not sure how to find, connect with and talk to people who work in areas that interest you? Watch this 10-minute video to get started.
- Create a list of all your current contacts (including family and neighbors!) and contact three to ask about their careers and for advice about yours.
- Practice networking - with your classmates! Join a student club.
- Create your “personal commercial” so you’re ready to confidently introduce yourself to professionals and employers.
- Do an informational interview with a professional in a job that interests you to learn about their work and ask for advice about your next steps.
- Meet with a career counselor about ways to create and benefit from your network.
- Increase your networking knowledge and confidence by reading three of these related handouts.
- Attend two career-related events on campus this semester: introduce yourself and ask professionals about their work.
- Use LinkedIn to learn about and connect with people, organizations and groups in your career area. Create your profile this semester.
- Take a career course. You’ll practice networking in Career and Internship Preparation, CFAN 3201.
- Join or seek a leadership position in a student club to meet students, faculty and professionals in your career area.
- Join the CFANS Mentor Program! Meet once monthly, for the year, with a professional who does work that’s interesting to you. Application is due in early fall.
- Professional Associations (groups of people within specific career areas who organize and connect to network and share best practices) provide multiple ways to meet people in your field. Become a student member of a professional association this semester and/or attend their conference or meeting this year.
- Are you considering graduate school? Schedule a time to talk with your faculty mentor about your interests and questions. The name of your faculty mentor is on your APAS. And learn about the application process this year.