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 to introduce yourself to people you may want to work for later.
- 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 trying the resource(s) here that suit you best.
- Attend two career-related events on campus this semester: introduce yourself and ask professionals about their work. See Upcoming Events.
- 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, and prepare to ask for letters of recommendation. The name of your faculty mentor is on your APAS. And learn about the application process this year.