Networking 101 For College Students

by A Guest Author

Besides earning good grades and earning your degree, networking is one of the best things you can do as a college student. Networking can help you improve your skills, learn more about your industry and even help you land a job.

But how exactly do you network? People talk about it all the time, but not many explain exactly how it is done. Here are a few pointers, specifically for students, on how to start networking.

Start with Classmates

You are surrounded by classmates who will one day be professionals in their fields. You make these connections every day, and may not even realize how valuable they are. Network with other students by talking about internships, jobs and student associations. You can find students to network with by joining clubs or just by reaching out to those in your major's classes.

Talk to Your Professors

College professors are invaluable connections. You brush shoulders with some of the brightest and most educated people in your industry, and should therefore take advantage of it. Ask questions in class and be sure to stop by your teacher's office once in a while. Don't suck up, but don't let this opportunity to easily network with professionals pass you by.

Reach Out to Professionals

This one is easier said than done. Part of your networking needs to include professionals that are already working in the industry you want to join. Some easy ways to find these people are to join student associations or attend alumni networking events (where current students are invited). These events are planned with networking opportunities in mind, and everyone will be there to meet other people.

Don't Be Shy

Above all, as you network, don't be shy. Be friendly and helpful and show a sincere interest in people and their careers. Genuine relationship building is positive and accepted in the work place. Sucking up and trying to use people, however, is not. Be yourself and you'll be surprised at how easily networking can come to you if you just put forth a little effort.

Networking sounds intimidating. It's one of those things you know you should be doing, but aren't entirely sure how to do it. It's also one of those things that just takes practice. The best way to learn how to network is to just dive in and start meeting new people. As you attend events and reach out to others, you'll find the best ways to form relationships and keep them going.

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Jill Hardy writes for This website is a great place to start for more information on how to start business, legal, technical, art and nursing careers.

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