Building your social network is an important part of being a college student in the U.S. Networking means creating a support system for both personal and professional development. By networking you can socialize with other international students and get to know university professors.
Whether you are planning to look for a job in the U.S. or back in your home country, networking is an essential part of an effective job search. The term “networking” may sound formal, but it can actually take place anywhere: one-on-one coffee chats, in class, or formal networking events.
But why network?
Having a network of professionals you can contact could give you access to a hidden job market. This could give you a big advantage, allowing you to hear about job opportunities before they are even posted online.
How to Build Your Social Network
As an international student, it’s important to take advantage of opportunities to meet people and build your support network. Nowadays, you are more likely to be given a job by someone you know rather than just sending in an application. Building lasting relationships during college can help you develop professionally and help you achieve your goals.
Try some of these tips at your next college event and let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below or tagging us on Instagram (@epro360scholarships)!
* To break the ice: to make people who have never met before feel relaxed and comfortable with each other.