If you went home over Thanksgiving break, how many times do you hear the basic questions from relatives?
“When are you going to graduate?”
“What are you going to do with that degree?”
“What kind of jobs can you get after graduation?”
You’ve probably heard these questions time and time again, but instead of begrudgingly answering and mumbling under your breath, think of this as a networking opportunity!
Networking is the process or practice of building up or maintaining informal relationships, especially with people whose friendship could bring advantages such as job or business opportunities. So maybe your uncle Kevin has a connection at a company he could set your up with, or your cousin Molly just graduated from another university and is in the field you are looking to be in. Utilize every opportunity to network and make connections.
Over winter break, be sure to maintain your connections. Consider created a LinkedIn profile, or update your LinkedIn and make more connections. Practice your elevator pitch! Think of an elevator pitch as your brief bio that you use to introduce yourself to other professionals. This 30-second story may include your academic background, career interests, and qualities that you possess that make you a desirable candidate.
Remember, tis the season… to network!