One of the many challenges as Career Management Director is to urge students and graduates to network within their community. Many students are unaware of the numerous opportunities in their county and do not understand the importance of networking. In my Career Prep course, I start out asking students "What is networking?" many times I only receive blank stares in reply. In the course, we practice Elevator Pitches, using career portfolios, and do a "mock" networking activity to help students express themselves to potential employers.
Let's be honest, it is scary going up to random stranger and start a conversation.… >>>