Whether you’re investigating careers and organizations or seeking information about internships or jobs, Cornell alumni, parents, and friends of the college serve as excellent networking resources. Although contacting a professional may seem daunting, be assured that most are willing and interested in offering their knowledge and advice. Two-thirds of the workforce secure jobs through personal contacts, so it’s never too early to begin building a powerful network!
To get started networking you can join the Cornell College Switchboard, a site for current Cornellians to connect with each other and alums, set up a LinkedIn account, participate in Berry Career Institute networking events and career tours, or set up a job shadow or informational interview.
Benefits of networking
- Increased insight into a career field, organization, or specific job
- Awareness of available internship and summer job opportunities
- Reinforced assessment of your interests and needs
- Greater confidence in job and internship interview situations
- Industry contacts
Read through the Berry Career Institute’s Networking Guide to learn more about the networking process and proper etiquette when reaching out to contacts.
Informational Interviews are also a great way to begin networking one on one with people that are already in your network like friends or family.