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Getting involved at school helps in networking or making connections in the near future. I live off campus. How can I get involved?


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Ken’s Answer

The first thing for you to do is to get to know yourself well enough to develop and career focus and then meet and talk to people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice they might have for your.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## ## ## ## ## ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## ## ## ##
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## ## ## ##
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Monica’s Answer

Hey Akua,

Even if you live off campus participate in various campus events, join a club in the field that interests you, do some volunteering work. Getting involved in these activities will definitely help you build your network.

Thanks !

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Sejal’s Answer

Hi Akua, this is a great question!

First, don't worry about living off campus - during my undergrad years, many people that I networked with also lived off campus :) I would recommend joining a club, or a volunteer organization that interests you - that's a great way to meet people and also make connections. When I was in undergrad, I joined "Best Buddies" and connected with students who were also pre-law, but older than me. It was great, because I could ask them questions about my college career path.

Second, introduce yourself to your classmates! Ask them if they would be interested in forming a study group. This is especially helpful if you and a classmate have multiple classes together. In law school, I studied with the same two people for the full year, and we've kept in touch since.

In short, I say to just put yourself out there. Even if you're in the library, and see someone studying the same subject matter with you, if appropriate, introduce yourself. Not everyone is open to networking, but don't let that stop you.

Good luck!