Networking Tips For College Students
In college, networking is now becoming increasingly popular. Whether it be at career fairs or lectures, students are networking everywhere nowadays.
College students are also encouraged to follow up their networked individuals with perhaps a phone call or an email. When you network, make sure you do this as it can help a lot. In fact, this is the whole reason why you’re networking in the first place, to build positive relations with other people. Make sure you include the reason for and the purpose for building a relationship with your contact when performing your follow-up.
College students are also advised to try and organize one-on-one gatherings with their contacts to really build a strong relationship both business-wise and socially. It helps to have contacts in the real world.
You should also invite your business counterparts to on campus student activities and such that will free for them to visit. This will help develop their interest and knowledge of you and your campus and what you are interested in. This will also again develop your relationship.
You can also invite your business counterparts to meals out for an even better one-on-one meeting. Whether to take them to an on-campus cafe or outside restaurant, you are of course obliged to pay for the meal. This will make you seem polite, generous and thoughtful. It can go a long way.
It would also be a great learning experience for them if you invited them to one of your classes or lectures in fact, as then they can really develop an understanding in you and your interests, and this can help to develop your relationship socially and business-wise.
Generally you just need to take an initiative and do what you can to strengthen these oh so important business relationships. Taking your counterparts to activities, meals out or even lectures can all develop your business relations and develop valuable contacts. Contacts again are very important in this day and age and can you further into the real world, and can potentially get you a well-paying job, causing you to be successful.
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