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6 Networking Tips for College Students
Episode 1227th December 2022 • This Shit Works • Julie Brown
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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal outlined the Five Skills Every College Student will need for their future careers and nestled in among those five was, you guessed it. Networking. 

The truth is the earlier you start building your network the better - so here are 6 tips for college students to start building their networks before they are even ready to enter the professional workforce. 

 Drink of the week….The Graduate

 

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A recent article in the wall street journal outlined the five

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skills every college student will need for their future careers.

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And nestled in among those five was you guessed it.

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Networking.

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Welcome to episode 1 22 of this shit works a podcast dedicated to all

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things, networking, relationship building and business development.

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I'm your host, Julie Brown keynote speaker, author and networking coach.

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And today I'm discussing networking.

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For college students.

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These were the five must needed skills outlined in the article.

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One entrepreneurship in the metaverse to ethics and artificial intelligence.

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Three networking 1 0 1.

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For designing for natural disasters and five building a personal brand.

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I of course I'm an expert in number three, networking 1 0 1.

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The article states that this is needed more than ever because of the virtual

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internships and online classes that were common during the pandemic.

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Many students missed out on learning social skills, important to their careers.

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Campus officials interviewed for the article, went on to say that

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giving them explicit instructions on networking and professional ethics will

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be a greater part of the curriculum at the schools in the future.

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Well, I do hope so.

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As you know, I'm a lecturer at a number of colleges and universities

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in Massachusetts, and I'm excited that networking is finding its way onto

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more course outlines and objectives.

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The truth is the earlier you start building your network, the better.

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So start building it before you were even ready to enter the professional workforce.

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The networking you do in college could lead to huge postgraduate opportunities.

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The next round of graduates are looking at the very real possibility

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of graduating into a recession.

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A hiring manager or HR person may very well received hundreds of applications

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for the job that you are applying for.

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From behind that computer screen, you might look like everybody else, but if

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you have connections into that company, If someone has referred you to the

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hiring manager, if you know other people in that company, you can stand out

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from the candidates in a very big way.

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So here are some networking ideas that college students can

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start implementing right now.

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First network with your professors, your professors have taught some of the

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best and brightest in your industry.

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Perhaps they are still connected to their former students who are now running

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companies that you might want to work at.

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So take the time to get to know your professors and let them know what

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your hopes are for after graduation.

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Even if all they can offer as advice that is priceless as well.

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Second.

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Depending on your industry, you have most likely interned during

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your undergraduate courses.

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For each internship you take, make sure you stay connected with the

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colleagues that you worked with after your internship ends, keep in touch and

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don't let your relationship with that firm end when your internship does.

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Network with your friends at school, your network includes your friends,

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family, and friends of family.

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So talk with your friends at school about where you're looking, maybe

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their parents or friends of the family have connections with the companies

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that you were looking to work at.

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The world is smaller than you might think.

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When you start talking with people.

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Fourth.

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Get involved on your campus.

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There was no shortage of clubs, societies, sororities,

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fraternities, et cetera on campus.

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So think about how involved have you actually been with your campus community?

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And if you haven't been involved, start getting involved.

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Five.

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Set up your LinkedIn account.

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This is where most companies will go to look for you once

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they have heard your name.

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Make sure you spend the time to set up a professional profile

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on LinkedIn, even better.

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If you start strategically connecting with people on the platform and

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also use the platform to share your thoughts and ideas about your studies

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in your soon to be profession.

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Look to see if there are any alumni groups for your school on

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LinkedIn or other industry groups that are of interest to you.

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This is a great way to start connecting with and having

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conversations with people online.

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And six.

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Don't be afraid to network, to reach out to people, to ask

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for strategic introductions.

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This is how business happens.

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And the earlier you do it and the bigger your network is,

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the more it will work for you.

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And just a little bonus tip.

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Listen to this podcast, read my book and do a little bit every single day.

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All right.

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Onto the drink of the week, which is aptly named the graduate.

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According to a Reddit thread.

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The story goes that this drink was invented by Jeff Hansen

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at the spoke club in Toronto.

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When a customer sitting at the bar had just received his master's

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degree and wanted to celebrate.

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The customer asked Jeff to make him the most expensive cocktail he has ever made.

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And this is the result.

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However, this version uses economical ingredients.

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Of course.

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Here's what you're going to need one and a half ounces of mez, Cal.

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A quarter ounce of green chartreuse and a half an ounce of cream to cow.

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Sir all ingredients together and a cocktail tumbler with ice and strain into

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a coop class and garnished with time.

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All right.

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That's all for this week.

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Don't forget to share this episode with.

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All of the students.

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Graduates.

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Recent graduates.

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Everybody in your network of family and friends.

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And if you like what you heard today, please leave a review

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and subscribe to the podcast.

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close, but we aren't there yet.

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I do that.

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And until next week.

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