What is networking?

Why Network?


Networking is often considered a prerequisite for achieving success in one’s professional or personal life. We live in an environment where it is not what you know, but rather who you know that matters. As a student one of the main reasons to network is to help find CO-OP/INTERNSHIPS and JOBS! Research shows that 70-85% of jobs are NEVER ADVERTISED! You must include networking to avail yourself of as many co-op/internships and jobs possible.

What is networking?


Networking is something you have been doing your entire life. It is the art of building alliances. You probably don't even realize you are doing it. It’s talking to people you do know or asking them to introduce you to others for some of the following purposes:

  • Gather information about co-op/internships and jobs of interest to you
  • Obtain advice on how to conduct your co-op/internship or job search and to get job leads
  • Make contacts for referrals in the co-op/internships or job search process
  • Learn of desired skills and characteristics for professionals in your field
  • Explore majors and career direction
  • Increase confidence in your chosen field
  • Promote and advance your career

It is important to note that networking is always a two-way street. It must benefit both persons to be most effective, so just as you ask your network for help when you need it, be prepared to return the favor.

Here is how to identify your current network! It is probably bigger than you thought!