Is this what you think of when you think of networking?
(to be fair – there is some good advice in there, it might just take a couple of views to tease it out.)
Networking is one of the most important and powerful skills you can use in successful career development and job-hunting. Fear of rejection or being seen as ‘phony’, not knowing how to get started, apprehension about ‘bothering’ people and a misbelief that networking is an activity exclusive to the world of big business are amongst the many barriers that students cite which prevent them from engaging in active, useful networking.
Last year, I was awarded an Innovative Initiative Grant by the University of Edinburgh. I used the grant to employ a (fantastic) student software developer. The two us, with the help of several other students who generously gave their time and insight, along with other careers advisers and academics, produced a simulation game. The aim of the game is to help you practice your networking skills online before putting your skills into practice in the real world.
How well do you understand networking? Could you be doing things to find out more about opportunities or to be helpful to other people? Play the Networking Game and find out. Comment below and share your networking insights.