Top six networking tips for students!
As the trimester comes to an end, many students will be graduating and moving on to bigger and better things. For most of us, that means finding a job! Though it can be challenging to find employment directly after university, these six networking tips will hopefully make it a bit easier.
1.Take advantage of the university’s career service.
Even though the thought of speaking to a professional career advisor about your future is frightening, I cannot stress this point enough! These career advisors are experienced and have guided many students before you! If you are unsure about what to do after graduation, they will help you explore your options. Whether it be looking over your resume or alumni networking, you will end up saving a lot of time and you’ll eliminate a lot of stress! Contact the Griffith University’s career office here.
2.Create a LinkedIn profile.
A LinkedIn profile is something that every university student should have. It serves as a great networking tool! So even though it is not as glamourous as Instagram, employers are always lurking on Linkedin in search of potential employees to join their team!
3.Reach out to your lecturers and tutors.
Speaking to your teachers about your potential career is a great way to learn more about it! They have obviously gained a lot of experience in their respective fields and therefore are very knowledgeable. Ask them about their experiences, their thoughts and your options, and they should be able to help you. Don’t hesitate to shoot them an email or talk to them after class as you’ll find that they will be eager to help you!
4.Go to networking events.
Griffith University often advertises networking events on the Careers Board and through Learning@Griffith. Keep an eye out for when these networking events are being held, and make a conscious effort to attend! Make sure you dress the part and carry your resumes with you, as you never know who you might encounter. Networking events are a great way to put your name out there and meet employers in your specific field of study.
5. Internships! Internships! Internships!
No one likes doing work for free. Especially if that involves you sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours. How boring! However, internships are a great way to network. They give you a taste of the ‘real world’ so you have an idea of what to expect after graduation, and they can help you get a ‘foot in the door’ of your specific industry. Additionally, you will be able to add your experience to your resume and possibly include your supervisor as a referee. Try to take as many internships as you can as a student!
6.Connect with recent graduates.
Finally, make sure you speak to recent graduates. They have been in your shoes before and will be able to guide you through this challenging phase of your life.
Good luck with exams, and to all of you graduating, congratulations! The world is your oyster!
Written by Ola Khalil,
Bachelor of PR & Communications student!