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How to make connections?

I've been told that one of the largest parts of getting into the career you want to be in requires strong communication skills. That is, the ability to create connections with other people. What would be a good way of going about this? #career #careers

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Taylor’s Answer

Hey Vivian!

In all honesty, a lot of it is just being social and hustling. You have to actively meet people and be willing to go out of your way to meet someone new. That's only scratching the surface since it's about building relationships after you've met someone as well. Keeping in touch/following up once in awhile, these are good habits to do when you trying build your network. My advice for someone just starting out, go out and take advantage of any opportunity you can find. Whether its a lunch and learn or competition, you'll always meet someone interesting.

Good luck!

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Donnebra’s Answer

Go to seminars and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I also would recommend volunteering at different sites that align with your career path. Look for mentors and sponsors, these will aide with the recommendation and referrals

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Ken’s Answer

80% of people who find jobs find them through making personal connections especially those that involve interpersonal interaction, as opposed to connections made and carried out through such impersonal means such as messaging on the internet and texting. Personal face to face communication is best, but phone communications are also important as they are a good means for creating a face to face opportunity. Through my many years in Human Relations, I have found that creating a complete interpersonal connection is very important in your journey through education towards fulfillment. It first starts with getting to know yourself and making and maintaining connections with people with you have common links and interests.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Take an Interest and Aptitude Test through your counseling department to help identify how your personality traits are aligned with careers and have it interpreted by a professional to determine which careers are related to you personality traits. During my years of college recruiting, I encountered too many college graduates who skipped this step and ended up not liking or feeling comfortable with the practical application of what they had studied.
When you have a possible career in mind, talk to the person at your school who tracks and works with alumni, and make arrangements to meet and talk to and visit and shadow people who are working in the area which appears to be appropriate for you. Here are some tips that will help: Networking: https://www.wikihow.com/Network https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-job-search-strategy-thatll-make-you-15-times-more-likely-to-be-hired Networking for Introverts https://www.themuse.com/advice/an-introverts-guide-to-networking
Talk to your favorite teachers to see if they can help you to make connections such as mentioned and use the tips provided.
Identify professional associations in your area to which people in the identified career area belong, and attend meetings, so that you can get to know people in the career and learn more about that area and how you feel about it. These associations are always very open to student inquiries and many time offer scholarships and internship opportunities. Here is a link that will allow you to identify such associations in your area. You can use the tips above to get helpful information when you attend a meeting. Professional Associations https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true
When you are considering a college, talk to the person in your school who tracks alumni to learn about graduates of your school who are attending and have graduated from that school in your career area of interest order to make meaningful connections with them about their educational journey. The tips provided above will aid in this process.

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Debi’s Answer

My suggestion to you is talk to people Find meet ups in your area with in special interests that appeal to you and network. Networking in your career to be, is one of the best ways to learn more about said career.

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Brent’s Answer

Hi Vivian-

I would suggest to join a group that does volunteering or another topic that is of interest to you. This will involve people who are similar to you and will all be in the same boat of wanting to network and wanting to get out of their comfort zone.