4 Reasons Why Networking in College is Important

In college we all have one primary goal, to get our degree. But -

one thing that often times goes unnoticed is the importance of networking!

Networking is a great way to connect with others in your field and create opportunities for yourself after college. 

Creating professional relationships with other students and professors on campus is crucial but can seem daunting. But fear not because below I have compiled a list of the t​op reasons why networking is  beneficial!

 Knowledge is KEY:

Networking allows you to become connected with a professional in your field or with students who are also going into similar fields. It also gives way for you to become knowledgeable about your field from the experiences that it may bring. This extra knowledge and experience can help benefit you before heading out into your prospective career.

2. Advice

The advice given from your prospective networking connections can help you become familiar with what to do and what not to do when it comes to your potential career. Making mistakes and learning from them is an important part of life, but in the college setting you are able to learn them in a safe and forgiving environment before having to face them in the real world. Reaping the advice that peers and mentors have for you is essential to this so make sure to listen to everything they have to say!

3. Referrals

Referrals are critical for students looking to work in their chosen fields. Referrals from networking can give an upper hand when applying for jobs and allow for employers to see the potential in you. A referral can also help with highlighting your skills and can help take you to the next level when done right.

4. JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Along with receiving a referral letter, networking can most importantly supply you with a job in your future. That simple referral letter or connection you made while at your career fair can help you get your foot in the door and provide an actual opportunity to work in the position of your dreams!

 

Shellise West is the current campus correspondent at San Jose State University. Majoring in journalism with a minor in radio, television and film she plans to not fall short of fulfilling her dream as a sports reporter. A Bay Area native her hobbies include singing, dancing and listening to music. Follow Shellise on Twitter @SoulfulPenned.

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