Why networking works
Jessica Flower is in her final year as a Psychology student.
Networking is that scary word that seems to taunt us more and more as we move through the years of University. Our professors, members of CUSA, TA’s, our parents and LinkedIn users will tell you that networking is worth it, but why?
This year I have overheard the word networking several times and wondered how useful it really was because I have never needed help getting a job before. Well let me tell you, I went to an event with my supervisor, and met some people in her office, after going to a few more events I started to make my own connections with them and then secondary connections from them. This continued to happen in different areas and I was offered a job, extra hours, letters of recommendation and even help with ways to secure sure-fire jobs.
Networking doesn’t have to be going to scary events with business cards and people in suits while trying to pitch yourself in 20 seconds or less, it is, however, about the connections you make, the bonds you share. Those connections really can solidify the bond you created to ultimately help you get a job. And remember, bringing your business card for them to take home can’t hurt anything either!