- 80% of jobs are unadvertised. Employers prefer to hire people they know within their personal and professional networks. Networking helps you gain access to these unadvertised positions.
- 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.
It can be fun. (Really!)
- Who's 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 friends you make while you're here at UBC are your network too.
Where to network?
There are many ways to connect with employers and professionals in your area of interest. We suggest becoming a member of a professional student association or a student member of a professional association related to your future work. Here are some other ways to meet people:
- Career fairs
- Association meetings
- Networking events
- Informational interviews
- Warm calling
- Cold calling