Networking is establishing relationships with other friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who could act as a career resource, either now or in the future. Think of it as an opportunity to build a web of connections with individuals throughout your life – be it family, friends, professors, former supervisors, classmates, fellow conference attendees etc. Networking allows you to tap into others’ career experiences and knowledge, as you explore possible career opportunities. Many organizations hire employees through shared connections, as the candidates are “already known” and vetted in some way.
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn are a great way to begin networking. You can also take advantage of alumni networking opportunities via ConnectUMass This online platform connects you to alumni already working in hundreds of career fields, who have volunteered to share their professional experiences, industry expertise and career advice.
The Office for Career Planning offers two annual fairs; a Graduate School Fair in the Fall and a Job and Internships Career Fair in the Spring.
These fairs are NOT just for upperclassman! A career fair is an excellent place to gather information about potential employers, make professional contacts that could lead to a job, learn more about an employer’s application process and timeline, and discover new options for applying your skills in the workplace.
Registration IS NOW OPEN! Students and employers, you can register via Handshake today.