Networking The Smart Way (Ep. 17)

College Info Geek PodcastAt some point, you’ve probably been told by a teacher or parent or sentient lawn gnome that you should do some networking.

But what does that entail? Most professionals would probably agree with the definition I found on my school’s website:

“Networking means establishing relationships so that you can enlist support and comfortably ask for ideas, advice, and referrals to those with hiring power”

I’ve seen this definition pop up in other places online, and to be fair, it’s not a bad definition. But I don’t think it’s a good one – and in this episode of the CIG Podcast, I’ll tell you why.

I’ll also illustrate my personal philosophy on networking, which is based more around simply making friends, taking interest in people, and being helpful.

This form of “networking” – or, to put it more simply, building relationships – is a lot more valuable in the long run.

So if you’re interested in learning a better way to connect with people, make friends, and, well, network, then plug in your headphones and hit the play button.

Items mentioned in this episode:

Things you should do right after listening:

  • If you’re not on Twitter, get on Twitter. You can connect with me here.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities of all types – you never know who you’ll meet.

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Thomas Frank is the geek behind College Info Geek. After paying off $14K in student loans before graduating, landing jobs and internships, starting a successful business, and travelling the globe, he's now on a mission to help you build a remarkable college experience as well. Get the Newsletter | Twitter | Instagram

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