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Building a Professional Network as a College Student

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Delhi North East chapter.

Building a professional network is an essential skill for any college student who wants to be successful in their career. A professional network is a group of contacts and connections that can help you find job opportunities, provide career advice, and offer support throughout your career journey. As a college student, you have a unique opportunity to build your network and establish connections that can benefit you in the future. Here are some tips for how to build a professional network as a college student:

Attend career fairs and events

One of the best ways to build your professional network is by attending career fairs and events. These events provide you with the opportunity to meet employers, industry professionals, and other students who are interested in the same field as you. Be sure to bring a copy of your resume and be prepared to ask questions and make connections.

Join professional organizations

Joining a professional organization related to your field of study is another great way to build your network. These organizations offer networking events, conferences, and workshops that can help you meet other professionals and learn more about the industry. You can also take on leadership roles within the organization, which can help you stand out and build relationships with other members.

Utilize social media

Social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter can be powerful tools for building your professional network. Create a professional profile on LinkedIn and connect with people you meet at career fairs and events, as well as alumni and other professionals in your field. Follow industry leaders and influencers on Twitter and engage with their content to establish relationships and demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the industry.

Seek out mentorship

Finding a mentor can be an invaluable asset to your professional network. Look for professors, alumni, or industry professionals who have experience in your field and reach out to them for guidance and advice. A mentor can help you navigate the challenges of your career and provide you with valuable insights and connections.

Build relationships with classmates

Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of building relationships with your classmates. These are people who will be entering the same industry as you, and they may have connections and insights that can help you in the future. Participate in group projects, attend study groups, and get to know your classmates outside of class. You never know where a connection may lead.

In conclusion, building a professional network as a college student requires effort, but the benefits can be substantial. By attending career fairs and events, joining professional organizations, utilizing social media, seeking out mentorship, and building relationships with classmates, you can establish a network of contacts and connections that can help you throughout your career journey. Start building your network today and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your professional goals.

Leena Joshi

Delhi North East '24

Leena Joshi is a social entrepreneur, climate advocate and author. She is the founder and executive director of Ethereal, a youth-led climate nonprofit, with 9000 volunteers in 60+ countries. She has sat on boards and advisory councils for various organizations. She has been a member at Harvard Business Review Ascend Select and has provided insights to editorial, marketing and product teams of HBR and has contributed to research projects by HBR. Leena's work has been featured by World Bank Group, United Nations Climate Change, United Nations Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Her Campus Media, Feminist and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was previously a Member at Global Leadership Challenge at Oxford University. She has been an Ambassador for organizations including World Bank Group, Greenpeace USA, 4ocean and Plastic Pollution Coalition. Leena is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at universities across the world including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored books including 'The Climate Awakening' and 'Ethereal' and writes poetry about social impact.