Why Should I Build Professional Connections?
It’s important to build professional connections as soon as possible. Getting connected to a network of professionals can help prepare you for your career path and obtain information about companies and organizations you might want to work for.
There are numerous benefits of building professional connections such as hearing about job opportunities before they are posted and potentially being recommended to the hiring manager by someone in your network. A strong professional network can also help you in a job search or help you make important career moves.
Where Can I Meet Professionals to Connect With?
- Professional conferences, such as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Employers (HACU) annual conference
- Career Center events, such as workshops, career fairs/expos, and speaker panels
- Career Center Insight to Industry program
- Clubs and organizations
- In the classroom and online (i.e. LinkedIn, Handshake)
There are many resources that students and alumni have access to in order to connect with professionals such as mentors, faculty, staff, and employers in addition to peers. Click on any of the resources below to start building connections today!