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What types of people should I begin to network with in order to spearhead my goal of teaching abroad and starting a non-profit mentoring program?

As an upcoming college freshman, how should I start the process of networking in order to reach my goals? #teaching #education #networking #mentoring #k-12-education #business-idea

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Brendan’s Answer

There are many different paths that you can take that will get you to the same goal of teaching abroad and starting your own non-profit. However, I do think there are a few things you can consider as you start to think about networking:
(1) Think about getting exposure to different parts of the industry that you're interested in. Look up US-based organizations that send teachers abroad and look up teaching organizations in other countries that help place teachers locally. Find the people who run those organizations and find a way to connect.
(2) Think about people who have work experiences that interest you and ask them to share their career path with you. Learning what they've done will help you develop a better gauge as to whether or not you want to create a path that is similar or different than theirs.
(3) Look locally! One of the best things about going to college is that you already have a network of students, professors, and staff members all around the college/university who can point you in the right direction. Keep asking questions and look for chances to connect with people through events on-campus or programs that the school offers.

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Julia’s Answer

I would say as a freshman that you should get invoked in clubs that suit your interests. So if your campus has a club or organization that is related to teaching join that club.