Time flies by as a graduate student. We’ve gotten through summer bootcamp, made great friendships and taken fall midterms. We don’t necessarily want to think about graduating yet, but it is so important to plan ahead. Networking is a great tool in order to get advice, learn about opportunities and cinch your dream job. Here are some tips:
Like I said, time flies. Spring and summer application deadlines are already fast approaching, and snagging an internship or making a valuable connection could be the first step to your career. The sooner you start networking, the more people you will meet, and more opportunities will be available to you. Make a list of your target companies and people you can reach out to who work there. Set up informational interviews to ask questions and get your foot in the door.
Visit the Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (CDC), located at 313 Newhouse 3, provides students with a variety of helpful resources. Not only is there an extensive database of alumni available, but also there are workshops to get every student ready for hire. Sign up for workshops like the Job Hunt Series or Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop, or drop by the office to ask questions. The resources at the CDC are endless and they offer a great support system throughout your job search.
Freshen up your LinkedIn and social media
LinkedIn is such a great tool to share your experience and brand. Make sure to connect with your classmates, professors and any recruiter or professional you meet and talk to. Add a picture, bio and make sure you have full descriptions within your experience—like a résumé. Additionally, take a look at your social media accounts. Many recruiters and hiring managers will look at your online presence before hiring you. Make sure you are proud of the way you represent yourself online.
Talk and develop relationships with your classmates and professors; you never know who might set up a connection down the road. Creating friendships with your peers will not only make your time at SU more enjoyable, but your eyes will be opened to so many perspectives and opportunities. Ask your peers what classes they plan to take, what clubs they are joining and who they know. Putting yourself out there will open so many doors.
Always say thank you
Whether it’s a recruiter who just interviewed you, a professor who gave you an opportunity or a peer who helped you study for a test, always show your gratitude. It not only makes you feel good, but shows your character to the recruiter. Never underestimate the power of a thank you note.
Katie Hopsicker is a graduate student in the arts journalism and communication program at the Newhouse School.