Last night, we hosted our Green Careers: Meet and Greet event in the Student Center. Students were able to meet with professionals from a variety of areas in the Sustainability industry and learn what it is like to work in a “green” career field!
Seeing students and employers make connections on the basis of sustainability as an industry got me thinking about how the connections we make sustainable themselves. Meeting with employers in your field of interest is a great way to get introduced to the variety of opportunities available to you, but it also allows you to build up a network of professionals with whom you may be working or interacting with in the future! Keeping this in mind, it’s very important to keep the connections going after the initial interactions are made.
As you’re meeting with professionals, make sure to get their business card or other contact information. Then, just as you would after an interview, follow-up with them within 24-48 hours to thank them for taking the time to speak with you, and include some of what you talked about or found interesting from your conversation. If you can find the professional contact on LinkedIn, even better! Sending a connection request allows you to not only reach out, but to make a connection that allows the professional to see what you’ve been up to!
Need advice on how to sustain your networking connections? Come on in and let us help!
|Amy Smith, Assistant Director|