- Employers often prefer to hire people they know, or who have connections to people they know. Building a professional network means you can get advice, referrals and inside information from experts in your field.
- Gain first-hand, current information about the world of work to help develop your job-search strategy.
- Connect to experts who have knowledge of trends and opportunities in your field.
- Meet interesting, like-minded people who may end up being your future supervisors or colleagues.
Rethinking what a network is
- Who's already in your network now?
- Networking doesn’t just happen at planned professional events; it also occurs in your daily interactions with classmates, faculty, family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, supervisors and co-workers. Talk to these people about your career-related goals and see if they connect you to others, and be prepared for unexpected networking opportunities.
- The people you meet and the friends you make while you're here at UBC are a part of your network too. They may be fellow students and peers now, but in 5 or 10 years they will be working professionals. Investing in these relationships can pay off in the future.
Where to network?
There are many ways to connect with employers and professionals in your area of interest. Here are some other ways to meet people:
- Career fairs
- Become a member (or student member) of a relevant professional association and attend meetings or events
- Networking events
- Informational interviews
Anywhere you are interacting with new people!
Expand Your Network with LinkedIn
Explore what other UBC graduates are doing and connect with them on LinkedIn. Find out what they studied and what they do now.
- Search: “The University of British Columbia”
- Select: “Alumni”
- Refine your search by clicking on the available categories or do your own custom search
Or, you can use this method to search for a particular company and then find UBC alumni working at that organization.