Networking is one of the most important skills for a college student to learn. Whether you plan on pursuing a career in business or public service, networking is key to getting ahead. But it can be difficult for college students to get started with networking if they don’t know where to begin—especially when their lives are already so busy! Fortunately, there are many different ways that students can start growing their networks right now. In this guide we’ll discuss some basic tips and strategies for getting started on your path towards building up a strong professional network while still in college.
Networking is more than just meeting people.
Networking is more than just meeting people. It’s about building relationships, helping others and sharing information. Networking is also about learning and making connections with people who have the same interests as you do.
Know your networking goals.
- Know your networking goals.
- Know who you want to network with.
- Know how you’re going to approach them, what you are going to say and how you will follow up after the event.
Build a strong personal brand.
A strong personal brand is the basis of your success in the job market, and it can be built even while you’re still in college. A personal brand is a collection of attributes that define who you are as a person, including:
- Your name
- Your face (or image)
- Your voice (how people perceive the way you speak)
A good way to think about building your personal brand is by considering what makes up each part of your identity–and then highlighting those strengths as much as possible. For example, if one of your strongest attributes is being friendly and approachable, make sure that comes across through how others see and interact with you on campus. If another …