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Most high school students decide to go to college based on the school’s statistics -- post-graduate success, job placement, connections, and of course, the school’s ability to provide you with contacts in the fields you wish to enter. 

Unfortunately, many college students wait until their senior year to start focusing on networking and transitioning into a career. However, you should take full advantage of your four years and use them to the best of your ability. 

This means holding internships before you graduate, participating in clubs and holding leadership positions, building relationships with your professors, and visiting your school’s career services center. 

You should always get contact information from the people you meet, especially from any internships because you may need them later for references or a letter describing what you did during your internship. 

All of the things you do while at school will turn into resume boosters and the more experience you have on your resume, the better you will look for potential employers later. Our rule of thumb is any experience is good experience, and will help you develop new skills for the future. 

As you move through your four years, you’ll find that when you’re ready to graduate, all of your connections will be standing behind you. They want to see you succeed because they were once in the same boat that you’re currently in! 

If you’re looking for career guidance, resume boosters, professional skills, contact information, or just where to start -- we’ve put together a list of networking tips that you can incorporate into your everyday college routine. 

  • Social Activities 
  • Clubs 
  • Campus Leadership
  • Internships 
  • Professors 
  • Career Services 
  • Your Peers 

Social Activities 

Your school will have lots of social activities, organizations, clubs, and other student leadership organizations that you can join. 

Campus involvement! This is going to be your best friend over the course of your four years. Being involved on your campus opens a number of doors and will significantly help boost your resume. 

Social activities can include anything from campus organizations like student government, coalitions, and groups. Some colleges also have Greek life which includes fraternities and sororities. This will give students the chance to meet a whole new group of people, alumni, as well as internal government for their house. It also gives students leadership opportunities, the chance to travel to conventions, and a number of philanthropic service and volunteer opportunities. 

A good place to start is by joining whatever interests you. You don’t have to make any serious commitments right away, just feel it out and decide whether that is the right organization for you. If you feel that it is, your involvement will be as big as you make it. Our rule of thumb -- you’ll get out of it what you put into it. 

This means if you want to take more of a backseat role, then you won’t have as big of a time commitment. If you want to pursue advanced opportunities, then you will be more involved and have bigger responsibilities. 

No matter what, give yourself a few on campus opportunities and see where the road takes you. 

Clubs 

Just like social activities, clubs have niche goals and interests. This means you’ll have an opportunity to join the specific things you’re interested in -- like outdoors clubs, yoga clubs, future lawyers clubs, so on and so forth. 

These organizations also have their own internal governmental structure and you will have opportunities here as well. 

Schools typically have honor societies for every major -- English, Political Science, Communications, Chemistry, and Biology, etc. Honor societies look great on a resume because professors usually have to nominate or select you to join. 

As with student organizations and clubs, honor societies have a governmental structure of student leaders. We will give you a breakdown on what this means later. But the bottom line is, there are tons of chances to be a campus leader. 

Campus Leadership

As we’ve mentioned, there are many opportunities for campus leadership. This will look great on a resume because employers will want to see leadership experience -- this lets them know you are reliable and can take charge! 

Student organizations, fraternities and sororities, clubs, and honor societies all have their own governmental structure. This often looks like a president, vice president, secretary, and financial officer. Other organizations will offer more positions like social media chairs, events coordinators, philanthropic chairs, member education, development, etc. 

This means that you can be as high up as you want or you can take a role with less responsibilities. No matter what, you can find a position that makes you feel comfortable with your other commitments. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew because this can result in the quality of your work going down, and you don’t want that! 

Leadership opportunities are also a great way to get out of your comfort zone if it’s not a role you would traditionally see yourself taking. These positions will help develop your communication abilities, professional skills, and give you the opportunity to network with people that you will meet through the organization. 

Internships 

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Internships give you experience working in your field and help you develop your professional skills to lead to a successful career. Image courtesy of NACE. 

The quickest way to gain experience in your field is through holding an internship. Some schools might even require an internship as part of graduation requirements. But, some college students elect to hold an internship every summer, or a few summers during their college career. 

Internships are great for a number of reasons. First, they give you experience working in the field you want to go into. They help you develop a list of connections that can later serve as professional references. You will have the opportunity to develop new skills that will in turn make you more marketable. Finally, the best case scenario is the company giving you an employment offer after graduation. 

However, even if your internship is just for the summer, it’s a great opportunity that you should take full advantage of and give your best effort. You’ll have the ability to work on corporate projects with peers and higher up employees in the company. 

Your goals should be to ask questions, show your interest, perform to the best of your abilities, and get to know as many people as you can. Establishing personal relationships will be better for you in the long run. 

When you have an internship, don’t be afraid to make the first move. Even though you are an intern doesn’t mean you can’t talk to members of the company. Use lunch breaks as a time to get to know other members and build relationships, then you can get their contact information, and use this to help later after graduation. 

Professors 

Don’t ever rule out your professors -- they are just as much help as anyone else. Most of your professors have been through the job industry and have climbed their way to the top of the education ladder. They have bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees -- so they are guaranteed to have their own set of connections as well. 

Whether you go to a small school or a big school, you should always take the time to bond with some of your professors, especially the ones who teach the field you want to join. Establishing a personal or close relationship is your goal. 

This is because, the better they know you, the more information they have, and therefore can speak on your behalf. This could be about your character, work ethic, abilities in the classroom and beyond, and overall a glowing recommendation that says, “Hire this person!”

When you need professional references during a job application process, these are the people you go to. They hold power and they will be happy to speak on your behalf. So, definitely seek out your professors -- go to their office hours, email them with questions, let them know what career you want and if there’s any way they could help. 

Career Services 

When you’re getting ready to graduate, career services usually have notice of job openings and opportunities. 

Nearly every college campus has a career center and this place can be one of the best to visit if you have no idea where to start. They offer more than just career advice. If you need help creating your resume or writing a cover letter -- this is the place to go. They will also be there to help when you have an upcoming interview, this could mean holding a mock interview to give you a better idea of what you’re walking into and how you should respond to questions. 

They also have a list of resources that are readily available to you. This could be the location of open job fairs, or their main list of connections where company’s would be ready to hire you. They also typically have lists of internship openings and companies looking to hire. So, if you need help determining where to apply, this is a great place to start. 

Lastly, career services will help you boost your online presence. If you’re not already on LinkedIn, this is a good app to have. This platform will connect you with your peers, professors, supervisors, and any other professional you know. The more people you are connected with, the more opportunities that could potentially come your way. 

Your Peers 

Lastly, don’t forget about your peers and friends! You never know what connections they have and who they know. They could possibly help you get an internship that they previously held or point you in the direction of one that might interest you. 

They could have family or friends working in the field you want to go into and could give you their names leading to an inside connection! 

It counts to have friends so make as many as possible!

These networking tips can be incorporated into your daily campus routine. If you’re stuck, there are many places on this list that will give you a starting point. Lastly, don’t forget to start networking as a freshman -- the more you’ve done, the better off you will be in the future.