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Networking and socialising

Obviously, networking is important. But does it make sense for an international student to network with people if they will not see them again or if they are bound to go home after graduation? Building good relationships with people you meet overseas be actually a good advantage especially during job hunting time. In many cases, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” that can help you put your best foot forward. Here are few tips for your successful networking:

Start with your own network

The people you already knew at school can be a good start for expanding your new connections. Start creating meaningful relationships with your classmates, teachers, club mates, and peers. If you find yourself struggling to meet different people, a simple act of introducing yourself to the person sitting next to you in class is helpful to enhance your confidence. This might require you to step out of your comfort zone, so your tim to get familiar with. Furthermore, you can also try moving around during the semester and taking different seats in the classroom.

Build good relationships with your professors

Your professors, teachers or tutors are very likely to have great industry connections. With years of experience under their belt, they know the ins and outs of a particular area that could be of interest to you. They can also provide access to networking events, first-hand information about internship opportunities, or career updates in the line of work you want to pursue. Your lecturers are a great source of advice and guidance, so make sure you take advantage of their assistance.

Your professors, teachers or tutors are very likely to have great industry connections. With years of experience under their belt, actually they know thorough ins and outs of a particular area in which you can be interested. They can also involve you in networking events, provide first-hand information of internship opportunities or update career prospect which you want to pursue.  Indeed, your lecturers are a great source of advice and guidance, so make sure you take advantage of their assistance.

Participate in networking events

Networking events, seminars and workshops are great opportunities to widen your connections, so keep an eye out for any invitations and announcements from your institution’s student career centre. First encounters are normally awkward and embarrassing but with continuous participation, it will become easier for you to start a conversation with strangers.

Professional functions are also great places to find people who have influence in your major. Please keep in your mind, it is not every day you get the opportunity to connect with experts and leaders in your field of study. Although it’s quite difficult to be acquainted with everyone, there’s always a chance to network afterwards, which brings us to our next tip... which can bring us to networking opportunities in the future.

Take advantage of social media

The easiest way to start networking is through social media. Networking sites like LinkedIn and Twitter are great platforms to connect with professionals in a more casual way. So be proactive and take the initiative to engage with organisations and industry leaders in your chosen field, as they are likely to share trends and updates that might be useful to the path you wish to take. Be on the lookout as well for any networking functions, job openings or career events on your newsfeed.

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