Networking: Research and Relationships

What is Networking?

Most people associate the idea of networking with some degree of discomfort. At the same time, they realize it is touted as the single most effective tool for success in career exploration and searches for jobs and internships. We prefer to frame networking as a method of applied research, collecting information from individuals who are most likely delighted to share their knowledge and experiences, and offer advice if they have the time. It is actually quite rare for someone to be anything but flattered to be asked to do this.

Networking is not just researching career interests by meeting and talking with contacts. It is also building from one contact to another (and another), and maintaining relationships with them all throughout your career.

What is networking? Maybe it is as simple as RESEARCH which builds a network or collection of RELATIONSHIPS.