“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”
My name is Matthew Martin and I am one of the Director of Corporate Relations for the upcoming 2018-2019 year. I am currently in my third year of Management Economics and Finance with a minor in marketing. As a student in todays degree-obsessed society, I find that there is a constant search and struggle for differentiation amongst you and your peers and I am a firm believer that networking, when done correctly, can not only set you aside from your peers, but provide you with the tools and skills detrimental to future success. In this post, I will be highlighting 3 key reasons pertaining to the importance of networking.
1. Networking helps build important relationships
The most important takeaway of networking is the relationships that you develop and maintain along the way, from a CEO of a giant corporation or a fellow colleague in your class, I believe every connection is of equal importance and benefit. Networking allows you to leave a lasting impression and opportunity to get your foot in the door, having a strong network will prove to be extremely helpful in your time of need, whether it be a job search or career advice, knowing the right people can make the hard times a lot easier.
2. Networking provides an opportunity to gain Insight and advice from industry professionals
Networking and more specifically, networking events, give students like me, the rare opportunity to be able to speak to industry professionals and seek advice and insight from people who are currently in the field that you aspire to be in one day. One thing I hear often while networking is “I wish there were someone that was able to tell me this before I got into it” This exactly, is the essence and breadth of networking with industry professionals, they provide you with advice and knowledge based on their personal experiences, which all in all can help you prepare for the future and steer you in the right direction.
3. Networking allows you to interact with like minded individuals
Networking is a mutually beneficial activity that allows you to converse with people who have similar goals and aspirations as you, which is why many business partnerships and lifelong friendships stem from networking. To me, there is nothing more motivating and refreshing than meeting someone who’s goals align with yours, being able to bounce ideas and opinions off each other can help you form new ideas of your own, some of which you have never thought of before! Remember, there is always something new to learn!
Be on time
Have a business card ready
Follow up with your new connections
Smile and make eye contact
Director of Corporate Relations, DECA U Guelph 2018-2019