Why Should I Network?
Networking allows you to develop connections and contacts, learn about your industry, discover opportunities, and is vital to the job search process. It is an opportunity to build relationships with professionals and to explore where you may both be able to help each other out – and develop what some call a mutually beneficial relationship.
Five Reasons Networking is Crucial
- You might find a mentor.
- You may hear about opportunities that aren't public yet.
- Considering changing jobs? You may know an insider who can give you information.
- You'll learn more about your industry, its future, and its challenges.
- You'll learn about new trends and best practices.
Watch this video to learn networking tips from employers, alumni, and current students. They share their experience and talk about the importance of building your professional network.
When & Where Do I Network?
You don’t have to be in a formal setting with fancy hors d’oeuvres to build your network. Along with employer mixers and information sessions, you can build your professional network in many settings including:
- LinkedIn and social media
- Career Fairs
- Within your classes
- Through campus organizations
- At coffee shops, the airport, literally anywhere!
You don’t have to wait until your junior or senior year to begin networking. The earlier you begin, the more time you give yourself to connect with people in the industry you are looking to work within. Start networking early with professionals in your Arizona network (faculty members, colleagues, and peers within clubs and organizations you are involved with) so you gain confidence to network with professionals in your industry.
Wondering how to start networking?
- Start with people you know! The friends you have now will move out into the world, just like you. Don't forget to include family, professors, supervisors and co-workers. Foster meaningful relationships now and wherever you go, and you'll always have a strong network behind you.
- Create your LinkedIn profile. Find out more about LinkedIn for networking.
- Join the Bear Down Network to connect with Arizona Alumni. It's free!
Develop a solid “elevator pitch.”
An elevator pitch is your statement of introduction and explanation of why you are hoping to connect. Download our worksheet Write Your Elevator Pitch! to get started on yours! Whatever your next networking step, it all begins with a great elevator pitch.
Related Events & Programs
5 Steps to Build Your Network
This informational interview email course gives you easy, actionable steps to prepare for and complete an information interview to make a meaningful connection with someone who has experience in a field you're interested in.
Employer Information Sessions
Employer Information Session are events hosted by employers to educate students and prospective job applicants about their company. Many companies hold information sessions on campus during the recruiting season in order to explain the job opportunities they have available and offer more information about
Wildcats@Work Virtual Meetups
Various Dates in October & November
Learn about all the things you can’t just learn by googling from a panel of UA alumni. Find out how they got started in their career, what their job is actually like day-to-day, tips and advice for pursuing careers in their areas, and advice they have for students who are still exploring their career options.