We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” We think it’s both, actually, but there’s no denying the power of networking.
Networking means cultivating relationships that will help you:
- Learn about potential career fields
- Identify opportunities
- Successfully grow throughout your career
We believe networking is an integral step in being successful after Alma. Whether you’re trying to determine your career path, explore graduate school options or get job leads, learning how to use your network and developing positive relationships is a key skill. To that end, we offer a variety of networking-related workshops, events and resources.
Here in the CSO, we want to give you the tools you need to expand your network and make the best use of the connections you create. We like to start by introducing you to LinkedIn.com, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. Our regularly scheduled LinkedIn Lunches provide a fantastic introduction to LinkedIn’s networking and research capabilities, and more personalized appointments with the peer consultants and professional staff can help you with your specific goals. Watch the event calendar or contact the CSO for our current schedule!
Networking Events and Resources
Career EXPLO is our largest networking event, bringing alumni and other professionals to campus the Friday of Homecoming week specifically to speak with students. Underclassmen use Career EXPLO to discover potential career paths, while upperclassmen often identify specific job and internship opportunities as a result of the connections they make.
The Chicago In-City Interview Trip is an immersive networking experience occurring over our spring break. After a significant amount of preparation, we take students to Chicago for three days of in-person networking experiences. They attend a reception with Alma College alumni, then navigate the city based on their personal schedules to meet with various contacts. Some even have actual internship interviews!
If you’re looking for a quick resource, you can download our Effective Networking handout. And don’t forget the strength of the Alma College Alumni Association, which hosts regular events to connect graduates across the country.