Building your professional network is something you should start as a student and continue throughout your career.
What is Networking?
Networking is about discovering and leveraging connections between people by tapping into your circle of contacts, including friends, family, professors, previous employers and Eagle Alumni. Networking is not about schmoozing or asking for a job, rather it is about making connections to:
- Gain information and advice about careers, industries, and organizations
- Learn more about possible job and internship opportunities
- Connect with people who are doing things you aspire to do
- Share more about yourself with other professionals
How to Build Your Network
Before embarking on your networking adventures, please review our professional etiquette advice. Practicing professional etiquette in any networking situation, including online, is essential.
- Practice professional etiquette
- Be friendly and approachable.
- Dress for the occasion - see examples on our Pinterest page.
- Practice your introduction and prepare for small talk.
- Get to know your professors and classmates.
- Set a goal to meet a few new people at each event.
- Eat before you go.
- Order some business cards and carry them with you everywhere.
- Don’t make a beeline for your seat at events or sit by people you know.
- Stay connected on LinkedIn.