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How to gain connections to those with similar interest as you?

I would like to interact with many more people in my future major(through internships . workshops, or jobs) but I don't know how and I fear that it may be too late.
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Torey’s Answer

Good morning Ludmilla, it's never too late to do something that will benefit your life. My advice to you is never meet a stranger (talk-talk-talk), you will be surprise who you can connect with when you talk to people. I have worked with Coca-Cola 15 years. How I got here, I worked for another company, a customer came in and I started talking to him about general stuff, low and behold his wife worked for Coca-Cola. The next time that the customer came in his wife was with him. She asked if I would like to work for Coca-Cola and the rest is history. Good luck...

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DANIEL’s Answer

Hello Ludmilla, great question! My first question will be: what will your major in college be? And what do you plan on doing with it? This will help guide your question and build your strategy. A lot of people will share their knowledge and experiences to help you be successful on your career.

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Jeff’s Answer

Torey and Daniel are both correct. The one thing I would add is LinkedIn. Message with the request explaining your desire to link with like minded people. Make sure you profile doesn't include a generic product or service supplied to businesses as those folks are ignored usually.

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Kevin’s Answer

I believe that networking is extremely important in whatever career path you go with. With networking comes a whole bunch of advantages such as building confidence, gaining more knowledge, and advancing your career. If you are having trouble or don't know how to network I would recommend practicing. You could start out by practicing with your friends and family. You could do some role plays that could make you more comfortable. Of course the internet is another way to network.

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Simeon’s Answer

Essentially, you'll want to build connections with people that are within reach. So, think less about trying to network directly with managers, and more with fellow students, professors, and recruiters as well as in clubs and organizations. Essentially, you're playing the long game. When people start to get hired into companies, you'll have a connection to them and they can be used as a resource to get into companies.

Also, I would advise on networking with people that you share chemistry with. It's no use trying to make connections with people who won't remember you. You won't feel comfortable asking them for favors and they won't be as likely to think of you when a job opening comes up. In fact, just socializing in general is a solid way to build your professional network long-term.

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Salvador’s Answer

Hello Ludmilla,

Like most people have answered there is never too late to get information on a career admiration that you are pursuing. Some of the things that I did which may come easier to some that most is talking to a person that has been in that field. As the saying goes it's not about what you know it's about who you know? Some things that you could try since it might be hard to talk a person in our current times is sending messages through LinkedIn, Email, and Social Media. This could be just asking generic question or ones related to their roles. Even just asking your neighbors and around your community would be a good start.

Good Luck,

Salvador

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