Why for students, it’s never too early to think about networking (and how to do it well)
Right now you’re probably thinking ‘networking’? Don’t you mean social networking? Not that thing that senior established business people do?
Well actually, networking is a skill that can pay off much earlier in your life than you think, boosting your confidence, connections and career chances.
Still dubious? We aske d Dave Cordle, our expert Career Development Coach with a great success in working with and motivating young people, what he thinks. And this was his response.
Dave Cordle, Career Development Coach
First of all, let’s put some myths about networking to bed.
LIES! Networking is a key, and I mean key, skill in creating success as you start your career and as you build it. Whether employed or self-employed (and you may be both during your career), starting to build your network now will make a big difference to your success when you finish your studies.
Five top tips for being a successful networker, now
Taking attending a careers fair as an example, do you want to connect with a particular employer? Narrow down your choice of careers? Find out as much as possible about studying for a postgraduate degree? Your aim will dictate everything; from you research, your preparation and questions and even how you dress on the day.
2. Build your online brand.
3. Be in the right places online:brand
4. When you’re going to live network events, don’t chat with people you already know (you can do that after and compare notes):
5. Think about what you may want to do beyond education and use networks to help you.
If you do this right, by the time you leave university or college you could have a useful and relevant network who already know, like, and trust you. And who will therefore be more likely to employ you if they have opportunities, or introduce you to someone who can.
Your success isn’t random. It’s up to you to create it.
From the mybrink team, good luck!