How To Build Your “Network” In College

During college, you’ll likely hear the word “network” thrown out there several times by your professors, academic advisors, school administrators, etc, but what exactly does it mean to “network?”

In simplest terms, “networking” means to make a connection with someone. You’ll likely hear other terms like “social networking” or “networking events.” Facebook, for example, is a social networking website. It allows you to interact, make connections, and build relationships with people all over the world.

Networking events work much in the same way. These are events that are held specifically for you to connect with people (usually with similar interests). For example, these could be a sorority or fraternity networking events, first year college student networking events, etc.

Why is “networking” so important? Good question. Networking is important for a number of reasons. Having a strong connection with people of similar interests can really help you during your time in college and help you land a job afterwards.

The best way to network during college is to join a club or organization related to your major. Having a connection with people who are pursuing the same degree as you will give you a good support system as you select classes, complete homework assignments, and study for exams. It also makes it easier to set up study sessions or select the best professors.

Students who join clubs that are major-related are typically also passionate about their future careers, so the clubs will host events with potential future employers and help you gain the skills you need to be successful in your chosen career field.  These major-related clubs sometimes can help you find an internship opportunity or a mentor to help you figure out your plans post-graduation.

No matter where you are in your college career, it’s never too late to join a club on campus and start networking. So, if you’re not involved on campus, take the time TODAY to research the various clubs and organizations offered at your school. Take some time to get to know those around you – you’ll make friends, be better prepared for your classes, and be ready for full-time employment after college!

Check out this post: 5 Secrets To Getting A Job After College for more detailed information on this topic!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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