5 Networking Tips for College Students

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The college experience is more than just parties and avoiding 8am classes. College is by far the best opportunity you’ll have to network before going out into the working world. Many new graduates find jobs through networks, and networks also prove helpful to those hoping to eventually attend graduate school. The fact is if you’re not networking in college, you’re simply not doing college right. Here are 5 useful tips for networking in  college.

Take Advantage of Group Projects

 

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Group projects have earned a pretty bad reputation among college students. The only student that has good things to say about group projects, are those that slack off and make it a bad experience for everybody else.

Regardless of this, group projects are a great opportunity for meeting fellow classmates, and making connections. They’re a great opportunity for those who are in large classes, or take classes/degrees online. While completing the project, take the time to make connections by building friendships, and exchanging information. You can even take your connections a step further by adding your group members on social media.

Looking for a Job? Work on Campus

 

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A job on campus can take you much further than waiting tables at the local bar. Not only are you getting the opportunity to gain relevant job experience, an on campus job can get you in touch with fellow students, professors, and college administrators. Jobs often available on campus are usually centered around tutoring, though there are often positions in the library, and administrative offices.

 

Use Social Media

 

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Welcome to the 21st century where everything is just an app away. Social media should form a large part of your networking strategy. Most college students use some form of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Search for fellow students using hashtags, and reach out by sending a request. LinkedIn is a great place to start since the platform is geared towards making professional connections, and many students use the site as part of their job search.

Participate in Classes

 

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Networking in college isn’t just about getting in good with fellow students but also with professors. Professors are an extremely valuable connection because they can usually write recommendations for jobs and graduate school. Plus with their depth of knowledge and experiences, professors make great mentors.

There is no better way to connect with professors than by showing genuine interest in your coursework. Participate, ask questions both during and after class, and make use of office hours. Many professors are also on social media, and many manage groups on Facebook where you can continue to discuss coursework even after the semester is up.

Connect with Your Alumni

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Connections you make in college are not temporary, and should not just last until you find a job. Networks should be maintained and treated as the lasting connections they are. Once you get close to your graduation date, join your college alumni as way of keeping in touch with contacts. Many college alumni are very active and host events, perfect for both maintaining contacts and creating new ones.

Have any other tips that worked for you? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!

Networking Tips for College Students

 

Networking Tips for College Students