Social media is changing the way we network for career opportunities. But we can’t forget to develop our in-person networks as well. This is especially true for high school and college students. As you think about career directions, this is the time to do some explorations and especially if you are not working during the summer.
Tap into those networks that are closest to you. Parents and their employers, extended family members and their employers are all great places to begin. Find out if positions exist within their organizations that you may interest you. If so, a quick phone call or introduction followed by a couple of questions could well set the stage for an opportunity to spend a few hours or even a week exploring the career options related to the career you shadowed. By shadowing, you have also extended your own network for future opportunities.
In years past we only heard about networking as a business tool. No longer! It is a tool for everyone and students are no exception. Whether you are building a network of coaches, admissions contacts or career professionals, networking is powerful. While Facebook, LinkedIn and Yelp are all proven social media networking tools, don’t overlook the obvious. Check out your own family network and the network of businesses and professionals used by your family. It’s all part of promoting your self.