What can I do with my network?
Your network can give you knowledge and contacts.
What you need to figure out, is which employers are relevant to your interests and profile and which job opportunities are available.
Networking is a way of making yourself more visible at the same time as gaining relevant insight into a specific company, a position, or an industry sector.
Don't make the typical mistakes - here are 2 points to help you avoid it:
It is a 2-way process! So think about what you can give your network as well – relevant knowledge, insights, contacts, etc.
Never ask for jobs directly – ask for information. If someone from your network has information about job opportunities at their own workplace, they will tell you if they think it is relevant.
Tips for networking
Having many contacts does not necessarily mean that you have a good network. It all depends on how you use it and how often.
So, how do I get started?
No matter how you want to approach and use your network, take it easy and try to feel comfortable contacting people.
- Write down your goal – e.g. the information you are looking for.
- Research well.
- Make a list of people you wish to talk to, what you believe they can provide you with, what you can provide them with, and how you plan to contact them. Keep in mind that they may also point you to other persons and organisations, which can help you on your way with more information.
- Contact them when you feel ready and prepared.
- Don’t forget to follow up if necessary.
Where can I learn more?
Get a guidance session with AAU Career
Throughout your time as a student at AAU, you can get free career guidance on everything to do with your career. You may be in doubt about what you can do with your education, how you can put your competencies into words, or perhaps you need professional eyes on your CV.
Contact the career counsellors and have a chat about exactly what you need.