Networking with Others
"It's not what you know but WHO you know!"
Networking is an excellent way for you to get a greater understanding of the world of work and is a chance for you to get the inside story on a range of careers and occupations you may be interested in.
Networking can give you a real advantage over other job hunters and your career planning in the following ways:
- It allows you to determine whether the career, industry or company matches your skills, interests and expectations.
- By confirming information that you have read and provides information not available in written form.
- Assists you in organising your future job search by revealing the best ways to get into the profession.
- Provides you with tips and information about the job and career field that could be of great value in preparing applications and increasing your self-confidence in interviews.
- Enables you to identify organisations and people that you may like to apply to at a later date.
- Gives you an opportunity to see the organisation from the inside.
- "Networking", "information interviewing" or "job-shadowing" are all similar activities that will help you to gain more of an insight into a number of occupations.
Specific information you may wish to find out about could include:
- work patterns on a day-to-day basis
- reasons for people choosing their occupation
- tips for entry into the profession
- earnings and financial bonuses
- potential for career advancement / promotion
- rewards of the job
- problems of the job
- skills developed
- biggest disappointments
- greatest surprises
- entry requirements
- training opportunities
- future developments
- likes and dislikes
- other contacts in Industry
- related occupations.
For more advice on gaining useful information from your career contacts read our guide on Information Interviewing
Why not start your research by visiting the CareerTalk website and see if any Lancaster Alumni are already working in your area of interest?