Networking in College
Networking in college is crucial for students to get their name out to potential employers. No one wants to talk about it or acknowledge it, but it’s undeniable and unavoidable. The next step is going to happen and students need to be ready for it. Networking is the absolute best way to meet people and really make an impression. College networking can be a bit of a task because usually students don’t know where to start looking or how to go about finding out about events and opportunities. Especially at the bigger schools, sometimes it’s really tough to get in touch with the career center to get the help you need. FlockU has some awesome content to help our community move on to the next stage of their life with insights on how to go about networking while in college.
Here are some tips and tricks about college networking. A big one is that it’s always good to have a lot to talk about. If you are active in your school and community and have been a part of doing social good, toot your own horn. A lot of people are afraid to do that because they don’t want to dominate the conversation, but there is definitely a right way to go about it. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and don’t be shy to talk about it. If you did something that’s important to you, then whoever you’re speaking with will be engaged and impressed just with how passionate you are. You might even come to find out that what you did affected the person you’re networking with or a close friend or relative of theirs. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door and give yourself the opportunity to network with an even greater audience and even get yourself a job.
Another huge networking tool is through Greek life. One of the biggest perks of joining a fraternity or sorority is the network that you are automatically introduced to. This group wants to help their own and jumps at the opportunity to. While you’re at one of your college networking events, try to bring that up in regular conversation. Often times, even though that person wasn’t a part of your specific chapter, if they were involved in Greek life themselves they will be more likely to keep in touch and help you out. Although it’s an expensive route to go, it might be worth considering just because of the potential value that organization can bring to the table.