You might have heard it said that it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Now, while that’s not entirely true, who you know is a very important factor in career success. Basically, even if you are the most intelligent person in your field, you won’t go anywhere if nobody knows you exist.
Even though networking is more important today than it ever has been, the majority of college students today do not use it to their advantage. There are so many reasons why knowing people can aide in your success, it’s hard to know where to begin.
First, in today’s economy, it’s difficult to find a job in any field, let alone the specialized field of expertise you have once you graduate college. But if you’ve done even one internship or attended as little as one job fair, your chances of finding the type of employment you want are greater. This is because you have had the chance to interact with people who are already successful in their careers. Those people might be able to alert you of a job within their organizations or others, and if not, once you find a job that suits you, they can be a valuable resource and reference.
Second, by getting to know professionals in your intended career, you can get an accurate feel for what the job might be like. You can ask questions and get to know the specifics of the job as well, that way when you have interview in your field, you will know what you are talking about
Lastly, even if you don’t keep in touch with every professional you meet, it’s smart to at least get your name out there. Even if you can do that, you will be one step ahead of the competition.
For more information on upcoming opportunities to network, please visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/Programs.htm