Career Center > Networking > Networking 101
Have you heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” It’s as true as ever. Developing and continuously expanding your professional network is a crucial aspect of exploring, launching and advancing your career.
DePaul created the
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network to help students connect with university alumni for career advice and insight. You can search for and connect with alumni, set up conversations with alumni mentors, join discussion forums, and participate in group chats. Learn more
LinkedIn is the premier professional networking site, with nearly 600 million members and counting, including over 130,000 DePaul alumni! It’s a perfect place to tell your brand story, connect with others and research career pathways and employers. In addition, hiring managers and recruiters are increasingly using this platform to source talent.
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Informational interviews can be an incredibly productive, no-pressure way to learn about a field, explore career paths and build your network of contacts.
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Virtually every field has one or more professional associations formed to facilitate networking, support knowledge sharing and advance industry interests.
Job shadowing can be a great way to expand your network and get a real-world glimpse of a specific role, work environment or field. This can help you make decisions regarding your coursework and career path.
Social media is another venue for
building your brand and professional network. Join industry conversations, develop industry contacts, connect with employers and get the word out about your job search.