Why should I study networking
Networking during your studies - better together!
At the beginning of the cold season, vitamins are an issue again. Vitamin D is particularly important, of which we often have too little in winter. Then you have to either get fresh air and sunlight at every opportunity or take supplements. For this article, we have another important vitamin in mind: vitamin B. And because we are not the “pharmacy shop around”, you can probably already guess what this is about. That's right, we are concerned with networking in the course of studies.
Let's start very fundamentally. Everyone has a social network. For most of them, this consists at least of family and friends, and contacts from work and leisure are often added. As a student, you are no exception. In fact, it is likely that you will never make as many new acquaintances and relationships as you did during your time at university.
Networking: Why build a network during your studies?
Such a network can be helpful in many ways. With a view to your professional perspective and the time after university, networking is even very important during your studies. After all, according to a study by the Institute for Employment Research, every third job is filled through personal contacts. But it is not only worthwhile to network early and in a targeted manner with a view to your professional career. Because your studies are also more relaxed if you organize yourself together with others. You help yourself with the search for a flat, have tips for suitable part-time jobs or internships and form study groups in which you can also take notes from the missed lecture.
Networking during your studies, online and offline
The university offers you many opportunities to expand your network. The introductory week starts right at the beginning of the course. In addition to a beer or two and very useful information about the organization and course of your university career, you will meet your fellow students, for whom everything is new. Often this week the first smaller groups emerge and set out on an adventure together.
Make contacts in everyday university life
In lectures and seminars you will always meet students with whom you can form study groups. These are especially helpful when you find that it is difficult for you to motivate yourself to study on your own. Regular appointments with the group give you structure and since the others are counting on you, you have the necessary pressure.
Networking in the AStA and student council
Another point of contact is the student university policy and organization, in which you can contribute. In the AStA and in the student councils, everyone is happy about who wants to help. Here you will meet many motivated students with whom you can actively help shape the university. You will learn to take responsibility and at the same time develop a network that often has good contacts.
It is never too early to gain valuable practical experience!
Speaking of good contacts - they don't have to be limited to your fellow students. At the university there are always contact fairs, information events and career days in which companies introduce themselves and participate. Here you have the opportunity to find out more and talk to employees during your studies.
If things go well, you can even get hold of an internship or a working student position through such contacts. If you have the opportunity to gain practical experience while studying, go for it! Because this way you not only learn a lot, but also establish contacts that can make things a lot easier for you after graduation.
Social networking: Facebook, XING & Co.
In order to keep track of your contacts and expand them further, we recommend that you also become active online. The established online networks such as Xing, LinkedIn and Facebook will help you with this. Here you network with all the people you already know or are getting to know new. This way you don't lose sight of them so quickly and you also remain present for others.
Networking during your studies: 8 tips for networking
So now that you know where to put your feelers, the question remains how best to go about it. We have put together a few tips for you that can help you network during your studies.
Our networking tips:
- Start networking early! It takes time for such a network to emerge. Right from the start, take advantage of the options that are available to you to access your network when you really need it.
- Approach others openly! This is sometimes easier said than done, but keep trying. Sometimes you miss out on good opportunities if you avoid new contacts out of shyness or comfort.
- Be realistic! Not every conversation and every contact will change your life. But there is always the possibility. Many people will accompany you more than just a bit and sooner or later you will lose sight of some.
- Be active! Of course, you can't give the same amount of attention to all of your contacts. Relationships need regular maintenance so that they don't fall asleep.
- A little system doesn't hurt! Of course, a lot of things come about organically and if you approach the matter too calculatively, you and the others will probably not be happy either. But you can always think about where maintaining contacts is worthwhile and enriching for both sides. You should also sort out and update on the online platforms from time to time.
- Giving is more blessed than receiving! Don't just ask yourself who or what is worthwhile for you. Be aware that the other person should also benefit from you. Think about how you can get involved and what your competencies are. This creates stable and long-term relationships.
- Use your network! Most of the time, people who are close to you are happy when they can do you a favor or help you with problems. You shouldn't miss this opportunity out of false shyness.
- Be authentic! It is of no use to anyone if you pretend to be well received. Of course there are contacts that are closer than others and some networks are more likely to arise for strategic reasons, but a certain basic sympathy should already exist.
Job canteen conclusion
An efficient network is not created overnight. Ideally, you will use your existing contacts and start expanding your network early on. Good contacts with your fellow students make your everyday life at the university easier and are an investment in your professional future if you manage to maintain it in the long term. It also makes sense to gain practical experience early on and to establish initial contact with companies through events, part-time jobs and internships. Approach others openly, maintain your network and use the opportunities that are available to you online and offline.
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I haven't been a taxi driver yet. Otherwise, however, not much is missing in my portfolio of student jobs. After having tried my hand at being a forklift driver or a beverage supplier, among other things, I have now ended up at Studitemps and support the editorial team as a working student. I study literature, culture and media at the University of Siegen as “full-time”. That sums up what I deal with all day: texts, images and sounds in various forms ... and maybe football.
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