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As I sit here writing; I am coming to the end of my
junior year. Being over half way through my college experience,
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting.
Reflecting on what has gone well, what could be improved on, and well,
One question that continually comes up in my mind is
the one thing I could change if I had the chance to do it all over. And if I had to answer that question point
blank, I would definitely say: networking.
As a first year student, I remember being constantly
bombarded with messages regarding how important networking was. Like clockwork, I would receive emails from
the placement center with internship reminders. My NSM sent me emails about networking
opportunities. Guest speakers and professors continually talked about the
importance of networking. Frankly, I got
bored, and frustrated by it all. I told
myself I had time (which I did), but now, as I am looking for internships, and
post-graduation opportunities, I’m kicking myself for not going to more
networking style events.
Now that I am constantly attending networking
events, I am realizing that the same people show up to the events a solid 80% of the time. Sure, the first time I went to a networking
fair, I felt awkward as heck. I mean, I
always feel a little bit awkward in social situations. That’s just who I am. What makes events
easier though is the relationships that you build with your peers, and
The relationships that you establish at networking
socials goes far beyond surface level conversations, and a handshake. It’s really about keeping in touch. Sending that follow-up email, asking what
seem like mundane questions. You think
that everyone follows all of those tips that you get from listening to
presentations given by the placement center? No. In reality, only a few people actually spend
the time to send thoughtful emails, and letters, and they really do set you
apart from the rest of the pack.
It’s those relationships that you foster that will
help you in the future. It may not get
you the job directly, but put yourself in the shoes of any human resource
coordinator. If you were sitting in
their seat, would you want to interview, and subsequently hire another name on
a resume, or would you rather interview someone you already know? Most would go with the person that they know
because there is a level of comfort there.
I know that I would.
Ultimately, networking won’t guarantee you a job in
the future. You still need to have all
the qualifications that the position asks for.
But one thing is for sure, networking can never hurt.
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