I know that networking is very important, but it is easier said then done. I'm a college student. I don't really know anyone.
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First, get clear on why you want to start networking. Why do you need to build your network? Do you want to learn about a specific industry? Do you want to get a job at a certain company?
Then, with those specific ideas you can search for awesome groups that align with your goals and professions of interest. I'm a big fan of starting online since it's right at your finger tips. My favorite places to go are: LinkedIn groups and Meetup.com. These places are a good way to start connecting with people who have similar interests. And usually they'll have in-person events around interesting speakers or to connect in the flesh and deepen your connections with each other.
The easiest and I think the best option for you would be to join clubs/groups/fraternities/sororities in your school. You can also try your local Toastmasters organization or by volunteering with non-profit organizations.
I did a quick internet search for you and found the results below:
1. Use your friends' parents as resources
2. Go to a conference that's within your industry
3. Use LinkedIn/Twitter
4. Get an internship
5. College Networking Events
6. Job fairs
7. Alumni networking events
Too boring? There are websites like meetup.com that have networking events that have activities involved (hiking, running, etc.).
Just google, âhow to network as a college studentâ and Iâm sure youâll get more ideas.
Don't be shy! Thinking you have nothing to talk about may make you feel like an outsider to a group of people that really wants to get to know you.
^ This is the most important advice I've gotten in relation to networking. Reserving yourself to one person in a sea of 100 gives you a pinpoint size opportunity. Do not fear rejection from others possibly giving you a cold shoulder, or not receiving your attempts at conversation well. That could be them also being nervous... Nicely move along and into a conversation with someone new that will receive you well!
Have fun, be comfortable, do not stress. Age old advice- it's not WHAT you say, but HOW...
Hmmm that's a good question. What is your major? I'd look for people in your classes that have the same goals and mindset as you, and i'd also start going to functions as well to meet people in your level of expertise.
Jorge Raziel Ortiz
Work on your character. Work on becoming clear as to what you want so that your networking is strategic. Go out and meet people with confidence and a smile. Find ways to make connections or add value to others.
You got this. It is a process. Go out and do it. Learn from those you know are great at networking.
Networking is always a plus as you work through college and transition into the work force. This is one skill that I encourage for every Soldier that I counsel daily. Reaching out through portals like this is one way to start networking. Best of luck on your future endeavors and creating a good network foundation.
Chamber of Commerce is a good starting point for networking professionals. Networking is time consuming be ready to help others while offering your business card. Attend business seminars and offer your business card. You can network with people you know just offer them a business card. Look for sales meetings and group meetings and invite people to your meeting. Happy Networking!