You know that old saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’? We think they’re both really important, and it just goes to show that if you want a successful career, you need to establish a network.
There are a number of ways you can start building your network while you’re at university, for example, by getting involved in extracurricular activities. The connections you make with your peers at uni can be utilised throughout your career to mutual benefit.
If you’re juggling study with work, the workplace is also a great place to develop professional relationships you can nurture throughout your career. One professional connection you might find particularly helpful is a career mentor.
Once you’ve established a network, it’s important to maintain those relationships so that you can continue to tap into them throughout your working life.
An important part of networking is having a clear understanding of your personal and professional identity. You can learn more about this by visiting the Professional identity website.