Everyone tells you that networking is the key to finding a great opportunity. But many students are suspicious or hesitant about networking. How can you network without feeling strange or sleazy?
People network all the time — you ask friends about movies or which professors are good. If you know someone looking for a ride to Boston for break and someone else with a car who’s going, and you think they’ll get along, you introduce them. “Networking” is the word for this kind of friendly involvement and small favors that professionals do for people they know, like, and trust.
As you begin exploring or pursuing possible careers, you’ll probably want to talk to people who work in the industry or position that interests you. These conversations sometimes lead directly to a job, and other times give you background information that will help you prepare a better resume or cover letter. They can even help you realize that you don’t want to work in a particular environment after all. Networking conversations are open-ended, but they often contain information, opportunities, and contacts that will lead you to your next step.
We have lots of resources about networking, and an enthusiastic group of alumni who would love to talk with you.
Your network is broader than you might imagine. Explore Everyone Has a Network to generate ideas on how you can explore your career through on-campus and off-campus allies.
Start with our Networking Essential Guide — a useful tool to help you through the process.
The Bowdoin Career Advisory Network is an alumni group specifically to help Polar Bears learn about and capture opportunities in a variety of career fields.
Follow up with a thank-you note. We have a guide for that, too!
Over winter break, Bowdoin offers events in 5 major cities — New York, Chicago, DC, San Francisco, and Boston. Connections Receptions take place every other year are great places to meet younger alumni and begin your networking in a friendly, festive environment.
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